In Game Design, you're never far from the industry. Not only does Vancouver's game industry represent a chance for you to get a job after graduation – it means that you're taught and mentored by active game professionals, people who ensure what you're learning is relevant to today's professional landscape and who have connections that can open doors. It also means that throughout your year, you come face to face with the real world of designing games.
As you get closer to graduation, it's important to take a step back and look at the big picture. You will examine the game industry as a whole as you prepare to join the professional ranks, whether you aspire to be an indie developer or work for a large studio. You're exposed to the intricate relationship between the developer and the publisher, the retail chain, and the financial, legal, and marketing decisions that go into getting a game made and released.
Guest Speakers and Events
On top of a faculty of seasoned game industry professionals to guide your growth as a game designer, the Game Design program hosts regular guest speakers as well as the annual three-day Game Design Expo, bringing you face to face with the men and women shaping this industry.
Presenting Your Game
The true highlight of your year comes shortly before graduation at Industry Night, also known as "Pitch and Play". This event is designed to give you the chance to show your talent – and your final game – to a theatre full of designers, producers, execs, and recruiters.
As you head toward Pitch and Play and finalize your game, you learn crucial presentation techniques, develop your portfolio into an industry-ready package, and prepare to put your game – and yourself – in the spotlight and under the microscope. After you show your game to the audience, you'll field their questions, then invite them to play your game – and get to know you better – at a networking reception. It's a great opportunity to launch your career.