Certificate in Game Design

Turn Gaming Passion Into a Profession


Program Details

  • Location: Downtown Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,117

Next start date

October 2017

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About this Program

If you grew up obsessed with 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 video gaming field.

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  • 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.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program