Certificate in Game Design

Turn Gaming Passion Into a Profession


Program Details

  • Location: Downtown Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,177

Next start date:

October 2018

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About this Program

If you grew up obsessed with board, card and video games, becoming a professional game designer might be your dream job. But being an avid gamer isn’t enough of a credential to break into the industry. You’ll need to show that you have specific knowledge of game systems and game design, as well as broader awareness of the development process and how major game studios operate.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll examine the key principles of modern game design. You’ll learn about focus groups; balance and playtest different types of games; and explore the factors that engage players and keep them coming back for more. Prepare to play an important role in this exciting, rapidly expanding field.


Designers, developers, entrepreneurs and those who want to enter or advance in the game industry.

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Certificate in Game Design grad Trevor Harron explains how the program helped him turn his game ideas into finished products that have sold around the world.

Duration: 02:35


  • How to analyze the dynamic elements of game systems
  • Different genres of video games and the history of games
  • Game monetization and implementation processes at major studios
  • Social and psychological dimensions of games
  • Agile project management techniques to build digital and non-digital game prototypes


  • Create a game design document for your professional portfolio
  • Complete a game prototype and pitch it to industry executives

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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