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Certificate in Game Design

Turn Gaming Passion Into a Profession

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $4,587

Next start date:

February 2, 2023

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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.

▸ Related Article: What is it Like to be a Game Designer? 

▸ Related Article: Success Stories: Game Design

DESIGNED FOR

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

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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

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 Scholarships page.

Career Stats

80%

Alumni working in field

Top Employers

Microsoft, Nintendo, Amazon, Bungie, Monolith Productions, University of Washington

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Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate program or course for you, reach out to explore your options

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

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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