Game Development

Where technology and creativity meet – design and produce content for interactive, broadcast, and game studios with HTML5, UnityScript, 3D modeling tools, and software.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2016 Truro Campus • Truro • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This program blends the creative disciplines of graphic design, video, photography, animation, type, and sound with technical and problem-solving skills required for Game Development.

In this program, you use the computer extensively, as an artistic and creative tool. As well as learning technical and design fundamentals, you're immersed in the tools and processes of the industry, developing and producing a variety of projects. In the first year, you develop fundamental skills in game design and animation, as well as work with 3D modeling software, visual design, video, visual effects, and compositing. This exposure enables you to explore your options and interests. After your first term, you choose courses that focus your learning in game development, 3D Modeling & Motion Capture, or Visual Effects.

During the second year of the program, you continue your studies by choosing a broad focus that prepares you with the skills to work as a generalist in game development, or a specialist in 3D Modeling and Motion Capture Artist, or Visual Effects.

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Student Highlights

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    Highlight"Getting to meet new people who have the same interests."
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    Cool Activity"NSCC Game Craft – six teams of artists and programmers spent 48 hours creating a video game. It was a great experience working as an artist for my team."
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    Why Take It"If you have a passion for the gaming industry this is the place to be."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
  • Portfolio Submission – Your portfolio is a significant factor in determining your admission into the program. Drop off your entrance portfolio at any campus and it will be delivered to the Admissions Office for you.
  • Portfolio Instructions – Detailed portfolio requirements: Game Development Portfolio Requirements (PDF 40.1KB).
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Game Development program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) and/or work experience that meets the Academic Requirements of the first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from a hands-on education where you learn by doing. Students learn to design and create professional productions.
  • In the second year, you complete a major project in an environment which mirrors the technical, professional, and collaborative aspects of the industry.

Employment Opportunities

  • Interactive content development, CGI graphics, gaming, or 2D/3D computer animation, as well as scientific, architectural, and industrial visualization, or special effects.
  • Graduates may find employment in the digital, broadcast, design, television, interactive and video game industries.

Other Info

  • This program appeals to creative people who are self-directed and self-motivated.
  • Emphasis is placed on working with groups in project-based environments that reflect real-world workplace environments.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional Co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12-weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Concentration Options

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
GAME 1000   Visual Design
GAME 1002   Sound Design
GAME 1003   Introduction to Visual Effects
GAME 1014   3D Fundamentals
GAME 1022   Sequential Art
GAME 3010   Game Design I
PROG 1102   Introduction to Programming - Python
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Next Steps

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