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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

  • Develop your critical skills by undertaking a fourth-year project where you’ll situate a newly developed game within a cultural, sociological, historical or aesthetic context, and present your reflections and research to your classmates in the program and the university community at large.
  • 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.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Analog Gaming and Interactivity
  • Game Design Foundations
  • Introduction to Interactivity
  • 2D and 3D Design (Conestoga)
  • Sound Design for Games (Conestoga)
  • Games and Usability (Conestoga)

See course offerings for 2016/17.


International Baccalaureate Requirements

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


This program will introduce you to all of the skills necessary to conceptualize, create, adapt and promote a game, and use games to create transformations in the social and cultural spaces they inhabit. Graduates will be well positioned to communicate across the spectrum of gaming professions and understand the unique contributions brought by programmers, designers, storyboard artists, editors and more.

Possible career paths include:

  • game designer/interaction designer
  • educational or training app developer
  • game producer/project manager
  • human resources or marketing consultant
  • indie game entrepreneur

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