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  • Sheridan College

    -- Oakville, Ontario 
  • 1430 Trafalgar Road
    Oakville, Ontario L6H 2L1
    CA
  • 905-845-9430
  • 905-815-4043
  • infosheridan@sheridancollege.ca
  • http://www.sheridancollege.ca
  • Game Level Design (Ontario Graduate Certificate, 12 Months)
    For a position in Game Design

    Game Development - Advanced Programming (Ontario Graduate Certificate, 12 Months)
    For a position in Programming / Software Engineering

    Bachelor of Game Design (BA/BGA, 4 Years)
    For a position in Game Design

    Bachelor of Interaction Design (BA/BGA, 4 Years)
    For a position in Other Gaming Disciplines

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  • Sheridan programs include:


    Game Level Design

     

    Apply your artistic skills and training to a career as a game level designer.


    Long recognized as a world-class training ground for computer animators, Sheridan is now leading the way in the training of industry-ready game design professionals.

    If you already have a degree or diploma in an art-related discipline, and love gaming, this graduate level program could be your entry into an exciting field. The game level designer is responsible for designing the game spaces in which the player competes. The new Sheridan graduate program in Game Level Design offers unmatched preparation for that niche, focusing on the specific skills employers seek in game level designers. 
     
    Developed in response to industry need, the Sheridan three-semester Game Level Design program simulates a realistic work environment in which artists and programmers integrate their skills. You will use the computer screen to express and communicate level design concepts and gain practical skills for applying knowledge in work situations. In your final semester, youll collaborate with graduate-level programmers from the Faculty of Applied Science & Technology (FAST) to develop a quality video game capstone project.
     
    A Well-Rounded Skill Set
    The Sheridan game level design courses focus on offering applied, real-world skill development. Assignments and class work focus on case studies, simulations, and lab projects. You willl learn both 2D and 3D game design, while gaining industry-specific skills in:
    • story and scripting
    • cinematography and sound
    • multi-player systems
    • game documentation
    • play testing
    • project management

    Ontario's digital game industry is poised for growth, and so is the demand for game level designers. With a Game Level Design Graduate Certificate program from Sheridan, youll be ready to step right into an exciting game design career.
    The Game Level Design program is offered at the Trafalgar Road campus in Oakville, Ontario.

    Career Opportunities
    Canada is a major player in the digital games development market. Game level designers occupy a unique niche in the computer gaming industry, focusing on the detailed design of player experience and interaction. Graduates of the Sheridan Game Level Design program will attract strong interest from employers in the digital game industry. Our integrated approach with game programming and emphasis on applied problem-solving are unique in the field, offering the type of preparation employers seek in game level designers.

    The highly marketable Game Level Design certificate will lead to excellent opportunities in:
    • Game Level Design
    • Project Management
    • Digital Graphics

    Admission Requirements
    Program Eligibility
    • Postsecondary diploma or degree in computer science/programming or related discipline
    or
    • Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience 

    Applicant Selection
    Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement and the results of a portfolio submission.

    Postsecondary transcripts indicating courses completed to date must be submitted to ontariocolleges.ca at the time of application.

    Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs. 

    Courses
    • Programming and Scripting for Games
    • Cinematography Sound Story and Character Integration
    • Level Design 1
    • History and Theory of Games
    • Modeling and Animation for Games 1
    • Modeling and Animation for Games 2
    • Artificial Intelligence for Game Level Design
    • Game Mechanics
    • Level Design 2
    • Game Project Management
    • Capstone Project (In collaboration with Graduate Certificate Program in Game Development Program)
     
    For more information on Sheridan College Game Game Level Design: contact Program Coordinator: avrim.katzman@sheridancollege.ca
    905-845-9430, ext. 4225. 
     
     
     

    Game Development - Advanced Programming Program

    Gain specialized programming skills and launch your career as a game developer.

     
    Long recognized for excellence in animation, digital media, and technology, Sheridan now brings an innovative multidisciplinary approach to the study of video game development. Our new graduate certificate in Game Development - Advanced Programming presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity. Offered alongside the Game Level Design program at Sheridan's renowned Faculty of Animation, Arts, and Design, our game development courses simulate a realistic work environment that integrates game programming, digital art, storytelling, and project management. This unique integrated approach prepares students for success in a collaborative, highly creative work environment.

    Ontario's computer game industry is poised for growth, and so is the demand for game development talent with advanced programming skills. Game programmers play a vital role in the industry, and are commonly involved in a project from initial conception through to production. Combined with your degree or diploma in computer science or computer programming, Sheridan's Game Development Advanced Programming certificate will prepare you to step directly into an exciting game development career.

    Gain Industry-Specific Skills
    Developed in response to industry need, Sheridan's Game Development courses encompass both 2D and 3D game development. You'll learn advanced game programming techniques, utilize industry-standard technologies, and apply your programming skills to animation, artificial intelligence and multiplayer systems. You will gain important industry-specific skills such as:
    • gameplay programming
    • graphics programming
    • mobile game development
    • project management
    • game documentation
    • playtesting

    In your final semester, you'll collaborate with graduate students from the Game Level Design program to develop and produce an original video game capstone project.

    The Game Development-Advanced Programming program is offered at the Trafalgar Road campus in Oakville, Ontario.
     
    Program Benefits
    • outstanding job prospects in growing industry
    • collaboration with Sheridan
    • hands-on curriculum emphasizing job-specific skills

    Career Opportunities
    Canada is a major player in the digital games market. Graduates of Game Development – Advanced Programming are well positioned to attract the attention of employers in the industry. The program’s integrated multidisciplinary approach and emphasis on applied problem-solving are unique in the field, offering the preparation employers are looking for, and advanced programming skills that stand out on a resume.

    The highly marketable Game Development – Advanced Programming certificate can lead to exciting opportunities in
    • Game Programming
    • Project Management
    • Digital Graphics
    • Game Level Design

    Admission Requirements

    Program Eligibility

    • Postsecondary diploma or degree in computer science/programming or related discipline
     or
    • Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience 


    Applicant Selection

    Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement and/or demonstrated experience. In some cases, applicants may be requested to submit a résumé, which includes details of related work experience, and a cover letter, which summarizes their career goals and reasons for wanting to take this program.

    Postsecondary transcripts indicating courses completed to date must be submitted to ontariocolleges.ca at the time of application.

    Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs. 

    Courses
    • Data Structures and Algorithms for Games
    • Game Engine Fundamentals
    • Mathematics for Games
    • Computer Graphics and Animation
    • History and Theory of Games
    • Modeling and Animation for Games
    • Gameplay Programming
    • Concurrent and Distributed Systems
    • Artificial Intelligence for Games
    • Mobile / Console Games
    • Game Optimization and Debugging
    • Game Project Management
    • Game Programming Capstone Project (In collaboration with Graduate Certificate Program in Game Level Design) 
     
    For more information on Sheridan College Game Development - Advanced Programming: contact Program Coordinator brian.jervis@sheridancollege.ca
    905-845-9430, ext. 2596. 
     

    Bachelor of Game Design



    Join the next generation of computer game designers!

    The computer gaming industry is entering a new, more sophisticated era—and so is computer gaming education. Sheridan now offers a four-year game design bachelor’s degree program, the only one of its kind in Canada. This pioneering game design degree integrates material from multiple disciplines. To complement core game design courses you’ll study:
    • Game design and art
    • Narrative and script development
    • 2D and 3D Animation and rendering
    • Programming and technology
    • Artificial intelligence
    • The Game Industry
    • Development and project management

    Career Opportunities
    Demand for computer game designers is on the rise in Ontario’s fast-growing computer gaming industry. With a game design bachelor’s degree from Sheridan, graduates will be well equipped to find entry-level employment and move rapidly into intermediate level and leadership positions, including:
    • game designer
    • level designer
    • creative director
    • artist and designer
    • technical artist
    • game animator

    Graduates also will be qualified for graduate studies in game design. And many of the skills they cultivate in the game design degree program will transfer directly to related industries, such as film, television, web design, and multimedia.

    Admission Requirements

    Program Eligibility
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
    · English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)
    plus:
    · Grade 12 Math (U)
    · One senior-level Visual Arts credit at the M or Open level
    · Three other Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level
    · Minimum 65% overall average
    or
    · Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with minimum 65% overall average

    Applicant Selection
    Eligible applicants are selected on the assessment of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses) and the results of a portfolio assessment. A portfolio fee is required with submission.

    Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

    Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting April 24, 2012. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Bachelor of Game Design program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

    Courses
    • The Language of Drawing and Design for Games
    • Introduction to Media Computation
    • Foundations of Game Design and Development
    • Narrative Skills for Game Content Development
    • Game History: Analysis, Theory and Criticism
    • Composition and Rhetoric
    • Fundamentals of 2D Animation
    • Platforms and Networks
    • 2D Level Design and Development
    • Non Linear Storytelling
    • Fundamentals of 3D Modeling for Games
    • Applied Game Programming and Scripting: Game level Mods
    • 3D Level Design and Environment Development
    • Character Development For Games
    • Architectural Spaces, Design and Lighting
    • Character Modeling and Animation for Games
    • Applied Game Programming and Scripting: Prototyping
    • Fundamentals of Game Mechanics
    • Visual Language and Film Analysis
    • Game Design Documentation
    • Motion Capture for Games
    • Applied Math and Physics for Game Designers
    • Advanced Game Mechanics
    • Cinematography for Games
    • Project Planning and Production Management
    • Interface Design for Games
    • Artificial Intelligence and Procedural Techniques for Games
    • Game Playtesting Methods
    • Digital Sound for Games
    • The Game Industry: Professional Practices and Processes
    • Game Project I
    • Game Project II
    • Theory of Digital Asset Management

    • During Semester 4, students will complete a Co-op Forum in preparation for their Work Term.
    • Between Semester 6 and 7, students will complete a Co-op Work Term.

    Note: Any applicable updates and/or revisions to the course offerings will be posted on Sheridan's website.


    Interaction Design


    Get a head start in the exciting realm of interaction design.


    Interaction design focuses on how people engage with all forms of digital technology,  including mobile devices, collaborative interfaces, and global networks. Interaction designers are creative problem-solvers who find new ways to integrate technology into our lives—by creating new products, developing better applications, and generating more compelling content.

    In response to high employer demand, Sheridan has developed Canada’s first four-year interaction design bachelor’s degree. Our unique, multidisciplinary interaction design program cultivates a big-picture perspective and diverse set of skills, laying a foundation for interaction design careers and fostering entrepreneurship.

    Interaction design courses integrate material from:
    • Design theory and process
    • Visual communication and visual culture
    • 2D and 3D design
    • Digital media design and production
    • Physical and mobile computing
    • Computer programming
    • Business practices and entrepreneurship

    Resourceful and Creative
    Students in the interaction design bachelor’s degree program will gain practical experience in all stages of the creative process, from research and planning through design and execution. The program includes a 14-week job placement between the third and fourth years. During the fourth year, students will complete a variety of projects (both individual and team-based) to develop a body of work that demonstrates their creativity, communication skills, and technological savvy.

    This wide-ranging program is as adaptable as technology itself. Students will develop advanced technological literacy and use it to express their own ideas and creativity. Bachelor of Interaction Design courses are held at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.

    Program Benefits
    • Interaction design
    • Visual communication
    • Process/Planning
    • Interactive media/computation
    • Business, including entrepreneurial practice, professionalism and leadership

    Career Opportunities Graduates from the interaction design bachelor’s degree program should enjoy excellent employment prospects. Employers increasingly look for independent thinkers and creative leaders who can work across boundaries, rather than plugging into a predefined niche. Interaction design graduates will be equipped to create their own jobs, launch their own businesses, or take the lead in new industries that may not even exist yet—but will in five years.

    This emerging field offers limitless creative potential and opportunities in many sectors, including:
    • entertainment
    • mobile computing
    • marketing
    • ecommerce
    • education
    • marketing, product and innovation
    • social innovation

    Admission Requirements

    Program Eligibility
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
    • English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)
    plus
    • One senior-level Visual Arts credit at the M or Open level
    • Four other Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level
    • Minimum 65% overall average
    or
    • Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with a minimum 65% overall average  

    Applicant Selection
    Eligible applicants are selected on the assessment of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).



    Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

    Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term beginning April 24, 2012. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Bachelor of Interaction Design program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

    Courses
    • Design Fundamentals 1: Visual Language
    • Interaction Design 1: Interface
    • History of Computational Media
    • Digital Tools 1: Image Creation and Manipulation
    • Conceptual Process 1
    • Composition and Rhetoric
    • Design Fundamentals 2: Structure
    • Interaction Design 2: Navigation
    • Writing for Interaction Design
    • Digital Tools 2: Sequence and Sound
    • Conceptual Process 2
    • Visual Design 1: 2D Space
    • 3D Design 1: Spatial Thinking and Materials
    • Research Methods in Human Centered Design
    • Computational Media
    • Design and Systems Thinking
    • Visual Design 2: Visual Rhetoric
    • 3D Design 2: Modeling
    • Contemporary Problems in Interaction Design
    • Interactive Media : Motion
    • Design and Information Architecture
    • Visualizing Information 1: Data
    • Interactive Objects and Environments 1: Products
    • Usability Studies
    • Visual Narrative
    • Integrated System Design 1: Databases
    • Visualizing Information 2: Mapping
    • Interactive Objects and Environments 2: Physical Computing
    • Professional Business Practices 1
    • Interactive Narrative
    • Integrated System Design 2: Dynamic Data
    • Collaborative Workshop 1
    • Interaction Design Studies 1
    • Professional Business Practices – Interaction Design
    • Project Management
    • Collaborative Workshop 2
    • Interaction Design Studies 2
    • Portfolio Project
    • Computation Studio
    • Work Placement

    Note: The curriculum for this program is currently being reviewed. Any applicable updates and/or revisions to the course offerings will be posted on Sheridan's website.