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 2017 Truro Campus • Truro • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Explore how to design and develop engaging content for interactive and game studios using industry standard technologies.

This program blends the disciplines of visual design, video, animation, sound and the programming skills required for Game Development, 3D Modeling and Motion Capture or Visual Effects.

This program is for technical and creative-minded people.

In the first semester, you will start with a common first semester where you explore various courses from the three areas of specialization: Game Development, 3D Modeling and Motion Capture or Visual Effects. At the start of the second semester, you have the opportunity to specialize.

This program uses the computer extensively, as an artistic and creative tool.

As industry has moved towards working in teams with a strong client and end-user focus, our program reinforces the importance of strong communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills through group projects.

During the second year of the program, you continue your studies by concentrating on large-scale collaborative team projects.

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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.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates may find employment in the digital, design, television, interactive and video game industries.
  • Scientific, architectural, industrial visualization and serious games.
  • Possible entry level career options: Game Concentration: Junior Game Designer, Level Designer or Quality Assurance Tester, 3D Modelling: Character Modeler, Environment Modeler, Rigger, Texture Artist, Mocap Artist, Visual Effects: VFX Artist, Compositor

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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    Visit NSCC

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    Application Process

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