While most people think of recreational video games when they think of gaming, the world of games goes far beyond the screen. Tabletop and live-action games allow people to engage face-to-face. Transformative games are used in education, corporate training, health care and informal learning institutions such as museums and libraries. Gamification and gameful design techniques motivate people to get engaged with the real world by adding a game-based layer.
For our Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts (BFAA) in Game Design and Development, you’ll take courses from both Laurier and Conestoga College at our campus in Brantford. In 4 years, you’ll develop skills in game design, mobile game development, motivation through gameful design and interactive storytelling, project management and entrepreneurship. You’ll also have the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to create a variety of games – digital, tabletop and live-action – that can be used to change the world, to entertain, or ideally both!
Each semester, we expect you to be involved with a community game development project. During your senior year, you'll work through the Brantford Games Network with a community partner to create a game that can make a difference and explore the entreprenuerial possibilities of the game.
This program will introduce you to all of the skills necessary to conceptualize, create, adapt and promote a game, and use games to create transformations in the social and cultural spaces they inhabit. Graduates will be well positioned to communicate across the spectrum of gaming professions and understand the unique contributions brought by programmers, designers, storyboard artists, editors and more.
Possible career paths include:
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