Canada Game Design Colleges

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      An article in Canada's Financial Post in 2009 stated that at least 247 video game companies were employing at least 14,000 people in design, programming and production. Canada, the world's third-largest video game producer in the world, recorded $2.09 billion in game sales in the year 2008. Securing a job at one of Canada's video game companies requires specialized training in game design and animation--training that is offered by several Canadian colleges.

    Centennial College

    • Earn a two-year diploma in game design at Centennial College, with classes including game animation, game character design, environmental art design, game theory and story development, drawing for 3D modeling and animation and the social history of design. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent or be at least 19 years old. A portfolio comprising 10 to 15 pieces of artwork is required. Knowledge of graphic design and art software programs is preferred but not required. Graduates must complete an internship before graduation.

      Centennial College
      P.O. Box 631, Station A
      Toronto, ON M1K 5E9

    The Art Institute of Vancouver

    • The Art Institute of Vancouver provides a diploma in game art and design in a seven-quarter program offering topics such as digital imaging, basic 3-D concepts, 3-D modeling, materials and textures, pre-production for games, interactive storytelling, audio for games and online games. Financial aid is available through loans, grants and scholarships. All applicants are required to be interviewed by a member of the Art Institute's recruitment staff, write a 250-word essay and provide an academic transcript. Portfolios are not required.

      The Art Institute of Vancouver
      2665 Renfrew St.
      Vancouver, BC V5M 0A7

    Redhouse College of Animation

    • The Redhouse College of Animation offers three programs for people interested in game design. Two three-year programs are available, in either classical animation or computer animation. A one-year course is available for general skills related to developing animation production. Course work in the programs include character animation, effects animation, life drawing, storyboard, character and environmental design, plus computer animation and the production of an animated short film. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 12 to 15 work samples.

      Redhouse College of Animation
      101 - 269 3rd Ave. S.
      Saskatoon, SK

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