Video Game Designers

(NOC 5241)


Requirements for video game designers vary from job to job and company to company. In general, they require some kind of background in computer programming, computer-graphic design or multimedia design studies. They may also be expected to have some skill when it comes to creative storytelling.

These requirements are for graphic designers and illustrating artists in general:

You must have a high school diploma and creative ability as demonstrated by a portfolio of your work.

You usually need a university degree in visual arts with a specialization in graphic design, commercial art, graphic communications or cartooning, or a college/other program in graphic arts. As an illustrator, you may also need additional training in your area of specialization.

You may need experience or training in multimedia design at a college/post-secondary or technical institution.

With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a manager or senior designer.

Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma, and almost 1 in 4 has an undergraduate university degree.

Degrees Associated with This Career


Useful Experience/Skills

Creative Writing

Useful Secondary School Subjects

Graphic Design
Computer-related courses

Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Information Technology - Game Development and Entrepreneurship Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Animation Diploma; Advanced
Graphic Design Diploma; Advanced
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Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Animation - 3D Diploma; Online
Interactive Media Management Post-diploma; Online
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Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Graphic Design Diploma; Advanced
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Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, California, US

Related Program(s):
Animation Associate; University Transfer
Graphic Design Associate; University Transfer
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Modified on May 20, 2012