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 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!
The Game Design and Development program is home to the Brantford Games Network Lab (BGNLab). A key program of the BGNLab is the Research and Design program, where organizations can hire teams of our students to create games. These partnerships create paid opportunities for students to get real-world experience and game design credits for their resumes before they leave school.
Each semester, we expect you to be involved with a game development project either through classes, through our paid opportunities in the BGNLab, or on your own.
During your senior year, through the Brantford Games Network, you'll work on a team with a community partner to create a game that can make a difference and explore the entrepreneurial possibilities of the game.
Every semester, there are different funded opportunities for students in the BGNLab, and all students are encouraged to apply to be on a team.
For example, Professor Scott Nicholson led a team to students to create the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championships. Teams from around the world travelled to Budapest to compete in challenges designed by Laurier students in Brantford. The world was able to watch the games live on Red Bull TV, and the students were featured in a series of documentaries.
We also have created a series of games with support from the Ministry of the Environment in Ontario. These were climate change games where players explored different minigames designed to help them lower their carbon footprint.
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