About this Program
If you grew up passionate about gaming, 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 and an understanding 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.
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Success Stories: Game Design DESIGNED FOR
Designers, developers, entrepreneurs and those who want to enter or advance in the game industry.
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.
Play WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
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
Project management techniques to build digital and non-digital game prototypes
GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
Create a game design document for your professional portfolio
Complete a game prototype and pitch it to industry executives
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the
Alumni working in field
Microsoft, Nintendo, Amazon, Bungie, Monolith Productions, University of Washington
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