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Game Design and Development (BFAA)


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 four 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 entrepreneurial possibilities of the game.

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Program Highlights

  • View the Game Design and Development experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • This innovative program allows you to get a university degree while learning practical skills from Conestoga College, delivered right in Brantford.
  • Working with Laurier’s LaunchPad program, you can create and use games to solve problems in collaboration with local commercial, industrial, academic, cultural or social organizations.
  • Exploration of the psychology and neuroscience behind what makes a game effective in bringing about specific learning outcomes.

Sample Courses

  • Ethics in Gaming
  • Project Management
  • Introduction to Interactivity
  • Designing Digital and Social Media
  • Game Programming (Conestoga)
  • Mobile Game Development (Conestoga)
  • Analog Gaming and Interactivity
  • Game Design Foundations
  • 2D and 3D Design (Conestoga)
  • Sound Design for Games (Conestoga)
  • Games and Usability (Conestoga)


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 4.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Leadership Option/Minor
  • Business Technology Management Option
  • Psychology Minor
  • Youth and Children's Studies Minor
  • Professional Writing Minor
  • User Experience Design specialization

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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