Game Design and Development

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Learn to create games from beginning to end


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2024: College Drive – North Bay

Start your exciting career in game development and design. This program combines artistic and technical aspects of the game production process. Learn the diverse skills needed to succeed in this ever changing industry including design, programming, creating algorithms and AI. Learn to create game art and gaming experiences and problem solve through gamification. This job field is in demand and this specialized training will prepare you for a variety of gaming-related career options.

Your Future Career

  • Computer game developer
  • Interactive media designer
  • Video game designer
  • New technology producer

What You Learn

  • Game design
  • Programming
  • Design and web development
  • Statistics, algorithms, and artificial intelligence
  • Networking
  • Software security

Developing games is a complex process which demands that each discipline work closely together. Canadore has tailored a program which reflects these real-world demands, and gives students an in-depth understanding of how art, design and technology come together to deliver interactive experiences. By graduating from Canadore's Game Design and Development Program, students can be confident they will develop the necessary skills to be successful in the Video Game Industry.

 Matthew Huard, Principal Engineer

19 years or older, or OSSD or equivalent, or GED

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Semester 1

GDD100 Ludology
GDD101 Art Theory
GDD102 Game Design I
GDD103 Computer Mathematics I
GDD104 Introduction to Programming
GDD105 Project Structure
GENED General Education Elective - Online (GDD Sem 1)

Semester 2

GDD200 Game Sprites
GDD201 3D Modeling I
GDD202 World Building
GDD203 Computer Mathematics II
GDD204 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
GDD205 Game Prototype l
GENED General Education Elective - Online (GDD Sem 2)

Semester 3

GDD300 Game Design II
GDD301 3D Modeling II
GDD302 Discrete Mathematics
GDD303 Lighting and Rendering
GDD304 Object Oriented Theory and Programming
GDD305 Game Prototype II
GENED General Education Elective - Online (GDD Sem 3)

Semester 4

GDD400 Game Optimization
GDD401 Development for Scalability
GDD402 Game Audio
GDD403 Problem Solving with Data Structure and Algorithms
GDD404 Online Games Architecture
GDD405 Game Prototype III

Semester 5

GDD500 User Interface Design
GDD501 Character Creation
GDD502 Artificial Intelligence
GDD503 Advanced Networking
GDD504 Project and Group Dynamics
GDD505 Game Development Projects - Group

Semester 6

GDD600 Special Effects
GDD601 Game Database
GDD602 Portfolio Creation
GDD603 Business Management
GDD604 Workplace Skills
GDD605 Game Development Projects - Solo

2024-25 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1362.5 - - $4082.74
2 $2720.24 $1200.5 - - $3920.74
3 $2720.24 $1200.5 - $550 $4470.74

2024-25 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $15547.54 $1942.5 - - $17490.04
2 $15547.54 $1780.5 - - $17382.04
3 $15547.54 $1780.5 - $550 $17878.04


Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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There are many options available to students who already have some postsecondary education.

Whether you are looking to study at Canadore from another school,  continue your education at Canadore, or looking to pursue further education elsewhere, we can help find the right path for you!

Whether you want to Transfer TO Canadore, Transfer WITHIN Canadore, or prepare to Transfer FROM Canadore, we've got you covered!

Learn more about Credit Transfer and Pathway opportunities here.