"One of the most amazing things about Laurier is the wide variety of programs offered. Laurier's Game Design and Development program is quite different from other institutions because it focuses on the principles and mechanics of games and that was what attracted me to pick it."
"If you're really interested in making games in an educational environment and/or want to get ahead of your peers if you plan on going into AAA, then this program is best suited for you.
"I really like how playing games is our homework. The program is the definition of ‘work is play.’
"Art Design is my favourite course. I've always wanted to get into it, but never really knew how to get into it. The class was a good way to dip my toes and see what I liked.
"Scott Nicholson is the best professor — he's a really funny and is easily approachable. It helps that as a gamer himself, it's a huge breath of fresh air to talk to an adult who knows what you're talking about."
"My favourite course was Analog Game Design. One of this course’s major projects was to design either an analog game or a paper prototype of a digital game, with a few other students from your class. I had so much fun leading my team of designers.
"Scott Nicholson is the greatest professor. He is always available to help with his courses and assist you on side-projects. Classes with him are always engaging and fun, never a boring class.
"Students in this program are really close with one another. Everyone is very helpful and willing to test prototypes and are great to be around. Go and hang out at the Game Lab and you easily make friends with others in the program. Get in there during the first week and follow their social media.
"This program will give you lots of opportunities to start your carrier as a game designer, and specifically as a game designer. The program provides job opportunities or the assistance to work on your own.
"And Laurier has a wonderful Students’ Union as well that hosts amazing activities for students year round."
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"The avenues to delve into within Game Design and Development know no bounds. Making games to change the world and largely with learning outcomes tied to games developed, the program offers an assortment of opportunities to creatively express oneself through games about pressing issues in our world today.
"Learning how to apply game design to any challenge or obstacle that few or many have experienced in their life is a fine tuned skill that requires consistent iteration and empathy. The chance to explore these avenues within an academic setting, supported by understanding and passionate faculty have led me to gain confidence and competence entering my final year of my undergraduate degree.
"The program challenges one to think in an alternative way, giving one the skills to make games about real struggles while still equipping one to make games for recreational purposes.
"There are bountiful opportunities to get involved at Laurier and bring in further knowledge across a variety of departments and student groups. Getting involved changed my Laurier experience for the better and has not only helped me grow as an individual, but help others to do so by giving back to a caring community."
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