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Game Development

Game Development

Program, design, develop and produce content for game studios.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Waitlist


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: game programming, game design, and 3D modelling and motion capture.

This program is for technical and creative-minded people.

You start with a common first semester where you explore various courses from the two areas of specialization: Game Programming and Design or Game Art. At the start of the second semester, you have the opportunity to specialize.

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Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Co-operative education

  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment – in a field related to your program.
  • Opportunities are full-time work placements that last between 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

Graduates can work in both the public and private sectors or as freelance contractors. Grads are character modellers, riggers, game designers, game programmers, prototype designers, quality assurance testers, mocap artists, etc. Graduates work in all fields, including medical, educational, architectural, simulation, television, military and industrial.

Choose NSCC

  • 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, which is similar to real-life work environments

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.
  • Note: Making video games is not playing video games. Making games requires hard work, organizational skills and time management. This includes developing skills such as being able to:
    • Be self-directed and self-motivated
    • Be exceptional at problem-solving
    • Work well in teams, under pressure and without supervision.
    • Meet deadlines
    • Brainstorm, develop and articulate creative ideas
    • Give and take critique of your work
    • Follow the iterative design process
    • Communicate verbally and in writing
    • Follow a detailed sequence of directions and instructions including the ability to understand written materials such as manuals and specifications and the ability to write journals, blogs, documenting worksheets and game documents.
    • Use different kinds of computer applications, software and other related technical tools.
  • The Game Development program is fast moving and intense. It's highly recommended you gain a familiarity with the software and processes used in industry prior to attending NSCC by exploring the following tutorials:

Courses may include

Course descriptions
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GAME 1000   Introduction to Level Design
GAME 1002   Sound Design
GAME 1003   Introduction to Game Cinematics
GAME 1014   3D Fundamentals
GAME 1022   Sequential Art
GAME 3010   Iterative Design
PROG 1700   Logic and Programming I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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