Game Design

How to Apply

Experience the entire game development cycle and develop specialized skills in coding, game art, and level design.

Creative Economy

In Vancouver, the creative economy is absolutely booming. In fact, the entertainment arts and creative media industries have some of the fastest growing economies in the world. And, VFS plays a major role across the world’s creative and cultural sectors. In just the past year alone, VFS alumni participated in more than $19 billion in global box office and sales of film, television & gaming entertainment production.

Alumni Success

Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful and sought-after professionals in the entire gaming industry. You will find our alumni working all over the globe, pushing boundaries, discovering new frontiers, winning all kinds of awards and honours, and leading today’s creative economy.

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A VFS Game Design Education

In 12 months you will graduate with:

  • A diploma in Game Design
  • A professional quality online portfolio
  • Access to the VFS Alumni Directory + Job Board
  • Industry connections that will help guide your career
  • A lifetime network

Term 01

Establish fundamental skills in game theory, pre-production techniques, and storytelling.

Term 02

Build on your game design foundation and start to work effectively in teams. Create your own playable 2D game in Unity.

Term 03

Shift from theoretical to practical with hands-on work on detailed design documentation and front-end interfaces, and begin specializing in coding, game art or level design.

Term 04

The core part of this term is dedicated to designing and planning a major team-based final project.

Term 05

Conceive, plan, and execute a final project that delivers a rewarding interactive experience.

Term 06

Engage with ongoing play-testing and complete your final project before unveiling your work to the industry.

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Specializations

Students combine the programs focus on production with two of three specializations below, to develop a professional-quality online portfolio that demonstrates a thorough understanding of game design.

Coding

Game Art

Level Design

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Requirements

You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.

Explain the concept, vision, or idea. Include the genre of game you would utilize. Make references to other games to explain how you would make your game (one page maximum).

In addition, provide an outline detailing your story, possible levels, and characters (one page maximum).
Provide diagrams explaining any features or game mechanics (one to two pages maximum) and a simplified map of the game world described in your synopsis.

You'll find information on how to send your synopsis in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

*Intermediate computer skills are a requirement, including the ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel.

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.*

*Intermediate computer skills are a requirement, including the ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel.

For more about language requirements and other information for international students, visit the International Students page.

Student Work

While training at VFS, students are immersed in the game design industry, and spend a lot of hands-on time creating professional-quality work. And, nothing is a greater testament to the incomparable industry resources and career preparation that define VFS’s education model, than the top quality work our students produce. Here, a portfolio of outstanding work is just the beginning. Just take a look.

Mach X

Created by Jorge Peral

Unincrediball

Created by Salim Ali

Bijou and Big

Created by Noah Vejvoda

Discover the Game Design program

Our talented and dedicated faculty talk about the program, and why VFS is the best option for launching a game design career.

Industry Partners

VFS doesn’t just teach you about the industry, it IS the industry. With veteran instructors, mentors and an education Advisory Board recruited straight from the professional world, we are able to constantly update our award-winning curriculum to keep up with an ever-evolving industry. Plus, students also have lots of opportunities to connect and network with industry leaders during special workshop sessions, training presentations, and industry social events hosted by VFS

Pitch + Play

Present a short version of your final reel, and a short speech to introduce yourself to industry professionals, before talking with them in an informal setting.

Campus Life

The VFS Game Design campus looks and feels just like the professional game developer studios you'll find throughout downtown Vancouver. Surrounded by some of the city's best cafes, restaurants, and cultural attractions, you'll have all the resources you need at your fingertips: a massive game library, arcades, screening theatres, and your own dedicated workspace.

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