Game design is what makes the difference between watching a movie and participating in a virtual world. It’s not only about telling stories; it’s about imagining meaningful player actions and interactions within a simulated reality.
In the digital age, game design goes beyond video games to include any way of playfully interacting with content and interactive systems. The mechanisms of games can be found in journalism, filmmaking, education, psychology, medicine, marketing, and more, as a way of better engaging with audiences. Understanding the infrastructure of playful interaction will position you to make a contribution in any of those fields.
Students interested in game design will benefit from Concordia’s Centre for Technoculture, Arts and Games (TAG), which is leading the way for games research-creation in Canada by gathering together designers, artists, engineers, students and scholars. Montreal is a gaming hub and you’ll learn from professors connected to the industry, many of whom are currently working as independent game developers.
Minor in Game Design (24 credits)* *Please note that admissions to this Minor is currently suspended. Only available to students in their second year and later.
The minor must be combined with an honours, specialization or major program.
United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.
This program is available for Fall admission only.
Admission to the minor is suspended for Fall 2023.
After your degree
Thanks to Concordia's emphasis on taking an interdisciplinary approach to your field of study, you'll graduate with a depth of knowledge informed by an understanding of how your subject connects to the wider world. You'll be ideally positioned to succeed in a professional role that demands rigorous analytical thinking, sharp communication skills and the ability to approach problem-solving from multiple dimensions.
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