Two game designers (one wearing a VR headset) looking at a prototype on a computer monitor

Bring game design and simulation to life as a video game designer

Game – Design and Simulation Ontario College Diploma program

Explore the latest video game design and simulation tools and techniques. Turn game concepts into 2D and 3D experiences for PC, console, mobile and more!

Program code GAME
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Delivery Full-time +

Program information

Program description

The field of game design and simulation brings worlds to life digitally by creating re-playable scenarios and combining creative, technical and artistic skills to produce interactive environments for players. Game designers support the creation of unique gaming environments that combine levels, characters, assets, props, and systems for a variety of platforms, including computer, console, mobile and wearable devices.

In the Game – Design and Simulation program, students learn how to take a game idea or simulation concept to create compelling experiences as they develop narratives, create and manage 2D and 3D digital assets, and apply the concepts of lighting, animation, cinematography, sound design, and rendering.  

Students gain experience with design and simulation tools and techniques that utilize the latest generation of game engines and apply principles of game mechanics and dynamics. This experience can be applied to develop simulations for various industries, such as architecture, engineering, health care, manufacturing, and education and training.


Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2023 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Game – Design and Simulation program?

Game – Design and Simulation admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

What career paths can I take in game design and simulation?

Your Game – Design and Simulation diploma gives you many career opportunities

Graduates of this program can apply a variety of game design concepts to support the design and development of games. Graduates contribute to the overall game development process by supporting the creation of comprehensive game design documents, developing and executing iterative design procedures, and contributing to world-building and level design in a game or simulation. There is a strong demand for both video game and simulation world-building, and graduates can enter into a variety of different career opportunities within this field.

Flex MORE. Study Game – Design and Simulation part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

What you need to know:

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What courses are included in the Game – Design and Simulation diploma program?

Course overview

23 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Game – Design and Simulation program outline.

  • GAME 1000 – Game Art
  • GAME 1001 – Game Mechanics
  • COMP 1115 – Game Programming
  • MATH 1043 – Mathematics and Physics for Game Design
  • GAME 1002 – Narrative Design and Digital Storytelling
  • COMP 1116 – Visual Scripting in Unreal
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration

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