Updated on Feb 24, 2022 09:06 IST
Ritika Srivastava

Ritika SrivastavaAssociate Senior Executive, Editorial

Game Design is a design specialisation that requires aspirants to create games for laptops, PCs, mobiles as well as tablets. A sub-set of the field of video game development, Game Design requires the designer to apply design elements, design aesthetics as well as programming principles to provide users with an interactive gaming environment. To create a game, designers need to visualise characters, creatures as well as backdrops in order to have an engaging game in place.

Game Design creates rules, goals and challenges to define a board game, dice game, card game, video game, role-playing game, casino game, sport, war game or simulation that produces desirable interactions among its participants and spectators.

India is fast becoming a hot destination for the international gaming industry. This is being attributed to the rising income levels as well as growing internet penetration which is helping in giving a push to the Indian gaming industry. As per statistics the Indian gaming industry is expected to earn a whooping $801 million in sales by 2022.

Eligibility Criteria for Game Design

Aspirants from any stream Arts/ Commerce/ Science are eligible to pursue Game Design as a course. The minimum eligibility criteria that candidates need to possess in order to pursue a course in Game Design is that they should have completed their 10+2 or equivalent education from a recognised board/ college/ university. There are various certificate, diploma and advanced diploma level courses in Game Design. Candidates can opt for a course after going through the course details.

Entrance Exams for Game Design

There are many colleges in India that offer Game Design course in a full-time mode of study, out of these 3 colleges are public. Some of the colleges give admission to candidates on merit or first come first serve basis, while some counduct an entrance examination. The various entrance exams accepted in India for Game Design admissions include:

Required Skill Set for Game Design

In order to become a game designer aspirants need to have good visualisation skills as well as eye for details. Skill-set that aspirants need to possess in order to make a career in the field of game design are mentioned below:

Passion for gaming

Awareness of gaming platforms & technologies

Knowledge of coding language

Good interpersonal & communications skills

Good organisational skill

Problem-solving skills

Creativity & Imagination

Strong visualisation skills

Drawing skills

Knowledge of software programming & graphics

Ability to think systematically & strategically

Adaptability

Ability to work independently

Attention to detail

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Course Curriculum for Game Design

Candidates can pursue BSc in Gaming, BSc Animation & Gaming, BSc in Graphics, Animation & Gaming, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Design, BA (Hons) Computer Games Design at UG level, whereas MSc in Gaming, MSc in Game Design and Development, MSc in Multimedia and Animation, Master in Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality, Integrated MSc in Multimedia & Animation with Game Art & Design courses at PG level. There are also many certificate and diploma level courses offered in Game Design. However, the course structure could vary from college to college but some of the common topics that are taught in a Game Design course are as mentioned below:

BSc in Game Designing and Development Course Curriculum

Semester I

  • Language – I - English
  • Language – I - Kannada/Sanskrit/Hindi/Telugu/Tamil/French
  • Constitution of India
  • Story of Art and Visual Thinking
  • Fundamentals of Design and Practice:2D and 3D
  • Fundamentals of Drawing I

Semester II

  • Language – II - Kannada/Sanskrit/Hindi/Telugu/Tamil/French
  • Language – II - English
  • Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Game theory and Development
  • Visual Art for Games

Semester III

  • Language – III - Kannada/Sanskrit/Hindi/Telugu/Tamil/French
  • Language – III - English
  • Arts Media
  • Unity-1-Game Asset Creation -Modeling and Texturing
  • Unity-2-Foundation to Unity - Asset Integration (2D/3D) and World Building

Semester IV

  • Language – IV - Kannada/Sanskrit/Hindi/Telugu/Tamil/French
  • Language – IV - English
  • Rigging, Skinning & Animation for Gaming and Animation
  • Unity-3-Action Script and Unity C# for Interactivity
  • 3D Animation for Gaming and Animation

Semester V

  • Choose any one DSE courses listed for V Sem
  • Business and IPR in Animation
  • Pipeline & Production of Short-Film

Semester VI

  • Choose any one DSE courses listed for VI Sem
  • Communication & Soft Skills
  • Media Organization
  • Project Work
MSc Animation & Game
Manmade drawings History of art & world art Layer masks Basic Composition Interior Modeling
Concepts & purpose of unwrapping Application of materials in Maya FG, GI, Caustics, HDRI, physical sun & sky Types of Joints & IK creation Biped rigging
Keying, blocking, primary & secondary animation Walk cycle animation Car Animation Different fields & effects Integrate Photoshop layers to compositing
3D Compositing 3d Interactive Basics Introduction to vector & raster image Live study drawing& painting Introduction to vector & raster image
Image editing techniques Focus (depth of field) Understand important loop flow in model Different mapping methods Basic utilities
Types of camera & its purpose Quadruped rigging Editing animation in Graph editor Run cycle animation Facial Expressions
Soft & rigid bodies Dynamic simulation Compiling movie through editing Selection, Retouching, painting, text Tools Apply effects
Art Of Game Making History of art & world art Principles of animation Cartoon character Emitters, particles & its purpose

Some of the softwares that aspirants need to ace to become a game designer are listed below:

Adobe Photoshop

Autodesk 3ds Max

Autodesk Mudbox

Unity

Games Design Job Profile

Games designers usually have to work long hours and mostly do not have fixed work timings, especially when they are working to meet deadlines. The job profile of Game Designers is such that they need to sit in front of a computer for long hours. Some of the popular job profiles, aspirants can hope to pursue in the Game Design industry are as mentioned below:

2D game designer

2D web & graphics designer

3D game designer

3D web & graphics designer

Interactive architectural walkthrough artist

Graphics simulator

3D asset artist

Game tester

Interactive product demo artist

Game Artists

Game Animators

Game Producers

Game Writers 

Game Testers

Audio Engineers

Creative Directors

FAQs on Game Design

Q. What courses can I pursue to become a Game Designer?

A. Candidates can pursue courses like:
  • Certificate course in Game Art & Design
  • Diploma in Production Gaming
  • Diploma in Game Design and Integratio
  • Diploma in Game Programming
  • Diploma in Animation, Gaming and Special Effect
  • Diploma in Game Development
  • Diploma in Game Design (DGD)

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for pursuing a UG level course in Game Designing?

A. Candidates must pass class 12 in any stream from a recognised board with at least 50 per cent marks to pursue a UG course in Game Design.

Q. Which are the most popular courses in Game Design?

A. Popular courses in Game Design are mentioned below:
  • C# Programming – Unity Game Development Certification (Coursera)
  • Unity Certified 3D Artist Specialization (Coursera)
  • Complete C# Unity Game Developer 2D (Udemy)
  • Computer Science for Game Development (edX)
  • Create Your First Game with Python (Coursera)

Q. Do I need any prior experience for pursuing a Game Design course?

A. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for a basic Game Design course. However, if you are willing to go through an advanced course, you need to have a sound knowledge of computers and softwares.

Q. Can I participate in Game Design tournaments after completing my course ?

A. There are several gaming tournaments organized at national and international level for Game Design students. Students can participate in such tournaments in between or after the completion of their course. 

Q. What things should I keep in mind while choosing a Game Design course?

A. Candidates should ensure that the course structure is up to date and that they are being taught about the latest software and tools.

Q. Is there any age limit for enrolling in a Game Design course?

A. No, there is no age limit for a Game Design course.

Q. What is the scope of Game Design?

A. There is a great demand for good professionals in the gaming industry. The career in this field is both rewarding and lucrative. 

Q. What are the requirements to pursue a Game Design course abroad?

A. If you are willing to study abroad you will have to submit language proficiency scores of IELTS/TOEFL, a Statement of Purpose (SOP) and Letters of Recommendation (LORs) etc.

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for a master's degree in Game Design?

A. A candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in any field (preferably science and technology specialisation) to pursue a master's course in Game Design.

Q. Which are the popular Game Design colleges in abroad?

A. Listed below are the popular colleges offering courses in Game Design abroad:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Toronto
  • The Art Institute of California
  • Media Design School, Auckland
  • New York University
  • Staffordshire University 

Popular Game Design Colleges in India

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Popular Private Game Design Colleges in India

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Popular Game Design UG Courses in India

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Popular Game Design PG Courses in India

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Popular Game Design Specializations in India

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Comments

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Vareesha Shahid

2021-12-16 13:24:09

Can I do game design and animation if I am a commerce student?

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konatham Abhishek

Scholar-Level 16

a month ago

There is no specific qualification background if you scored 50% in 12th board you are eligible but beware you have good drawing skills with you and dedication with patience required onwards with hard work by giving sitting in front of computers.

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KUSHAGRA VERMA

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

You can do it. There is no specific qualification background if you scored 50% in 12th board you are eligible but beware you have good drawing skills with you and dedication with patience required onwards with hard work by giving sitting in front of computers.

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Abhijeet Magdum

2021-12-25 16:56:47

Which college is best for studying game design in Maharashtra?

Reply to Abhijeet Magdum

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konatham Abhishek

Scholar-Level 16

2 months ago

Dear AbhijeetHere is the list of colleges for game design in Maharashtra EzetriX- Institute of Gaming and Animation, Pune. Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA), Andheri (W). DSK Supinfocom International Campus, Pune. Meteor Institute of Digital Design Studies (MIDDS). Zee Institute of Creative Arts...Dear Abhijeet
Here is the list of colleges for game design in Maharashtra
EzetriX- Institute of Gaming and Animation, Pune. Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA), Andheri (W). DSK Supinfocom International Campus, Pune. Meteor Institute of Digital Design Studies (MIDDS). Zee Institute of Creative Arts (ZICA), Borivali (W). VEDA (Visual Element Design Academy), Pune.

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