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Mohawk College’s Game Design program begins next year

Next fall, Mohawk will be home to an all-new Game Design program, an advanced diploma that allows students to get direct experience in the ever-expanding video game industry. 

Game Design is a three-year program, which includes a field placement. Included are all the necessary industry-standard hardware and software, so that students will get their hands on exactly what the big dogs use in the industry.

Those who have a passion for video games are prime candidates to apply for this program.

Associate Dean Lisa Funnell is one of many people looking forward to the start of the program.

It is important to engage in meaningful work,” Funnell said. “Being part of a creative team and realizing that your contributions will have a direct impact on users are some of the most exciting and fulfilling aspects of Game Design.”

Mohawk already offers other programs, such as Animation 3D, Graphic Design, and Art and Design Foundations which have similar elements to Game Design. What makes the new program distinct is its focus on how to develop and create games.

“Game Design has received significant and sustained media attention due to its focus on ethics and EDI (Ethics, Diversity and Inclusivity),” Funnell said. “Our goal is to model for, rather than mirror, the gaming industry and develop ethical and inclusive creators.”

Gaming is a massive industry, with plenty of job opportunities.

After completing the program, students can look into many different career options. These include design roles (such as games/system designers), technical roles (such as app developers and technical artists), and marketing roles (such as community managers), to name a few.

If you or someone you know is interested in this type of program and want to get experience in video game design, apply at https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/programs/creative-industries/game-design-374, and for any questions regarding the program, reach out to Lisa Funnell at lisa.funnell@mohawkcollege.ca.

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