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

Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

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Animation Diploma; Advanced
Graphic Design Diploma; Advanced
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Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Graphic Design Diploma; Advanced
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Interactive Multimedia and Design Bachelor
Interactive Multimedia and Design Bachelor; Co-op
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Red Deer College
Red Deer, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Animation and Visual Effects Bachelor
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Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Advertising and Graphic Design Diploma; Co-op
Graphic Design Diploma; Co-op; Advanced
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Modified on May 20, 2012