Game Design Course and its Career Opportunities

By Sanjeet Nayak

The Game Design course is more of a new age course, with its history being just a decade old. The course is designed to provide a broad education about the fundamental, technical, intellectual, and creative aspects of game designing. This program is a study of technical computing, computer graphics design, human interaction with computers, game world design, and storey narration. It trains its students to develop the skills and techniques for a successful career in the Gaming and Animation Industry. Read the article to get a wide knowledge of the course.

What the course focuses on?

  • Providing knowledge of mechanics involved in Gameworld.
  • Focusing on designing various characters as per stories.
  • Tools and Techniques used in designing.
  • How humans interact with computers
  • Sharpening the student's creativity and intelligence


Course Name  Game Design
Course Level Undergraduate and Postgraduate
  • Diploma in Game Design: 1 Year
  • B.Sc in Game Design: 3 Years
  • B.Des in Game Design: 4 Years
  • Master of Science in Game Design: 2 Years
Examination Type Yearly/ Semester
Eligibility Varies with degree
Admission Process Merit and Entrance based admission 
Top Recruiter Sony Computer Entertainment, Ubisoft, Sega Games Co.Ltd, Rockstar Games, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Tencent Interactive Entertainment, etc
Top Career Scopes Game Designer, Game Developer, Game Tester, Concept Artist, Game Programmer, Game Producer, etc

Top Colleges:


Candidates need to check their eligibility criteria before applying for any degree in Game Design. The minimum qualification for each degree is mentioned below:

Course Duration Eligibility Entrance
Diploma in Game Design 1 Year
  • The student should have completed 10+2 from a recognised board.
  • Minimum aggregate marks should be 50% or above in their 10+2 level.
Merit Based
B.Sc in Game Design 3 Years
  • The student should have completed 10+2 from a recognised board.
  • Minimum aggregate marks should be 50% or above in their 10+2 level.
  • The candidates should be good in English.
Merit Based/ UPES DAT (Univerity Self Conducted Entrance Exams)
B.Des in Game Design 4 Years
  • The student should have completed 10+2 from a recognised board.
  • Minimum aggregate marks should be 50% or above in their 10+2 level.
  • The candidates should be good in English.

NID Entrance, UPES DAT, NIFT, UCEED, and Univerity Self Conducted Entrance Exams

Master of Science in Game Design 2 Years
  • The student should have completed their Bachelor's in Science degree from a recognised university.
  • Minimum aggregate marks should be 60% or above in their graduation level.

NID Entrance, NIFT, CEED, and Univerity Self Conducted Entrance Exams

Skills Required

  • Leadership skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Forward Planning skills


Master or Postgraduate Degree in Game Design:

Core Subjects Optional Subjects
Digital Interdisciplinary Practice Agile Development
Digital Content Production Processes Multimedia Communications
Fundamentals of CGI Craft Project
Applications of CGI Digital Communications
High-Level Games Programming Digital Audio
Low-Level Games Programming

Bachelor or Undergraduate Degree in Game Design:

Semester I     Semester II
Sketching & Drawing- 1 Sketching & Drawing- II
Elements of Design Principles of design
Colour Geometry II
Geometry I Material exploration II
Engineering Graphics Visual composition
Material exploration I Introduction to Photography
Computer applications I
Semester III Semester IV
Principles of Game Design Game Technology I
Game Design Process Scripting for Games
Visual Communication for Games UI UX Design
History of Game Design Level Design
Concept Art for Games Program Elective I (Collective Assignments)
Project: Basic Game Design (Low Fidelity) Project: Game Interaction Design
Semester V Semester VI
Game Technology II (Programming for Games) Serious Game Design
Game Architecture Cinematics
Environment Design Console Gaming
Optimization Techniques in 3D Immersive Game Design
Project 3D Game Design Portfolio Design
Venture Ideation Program Elective II
Open Elective
Project: Social Impact Game
Industrial Visit
Semester VII     Semester VIII
Summer Internship Degree Project: Game Design
Community Games
Entrepreneurship and New Business Models
Cross-Functional Project
Project Gaming and Physical Spaces

Diploma in Game Design

Subject Name Subject Name
2D Game Arts Basic drawing and drawing forms
Anatomy 2D drawing
Character development 2D animation
3D Design & Presentations

Admission Process:

The top institutes provide this course based on the student's score in a relevant particular entrance test (National /State), some even have an extra round of Personal Interview. Some colleges conduct their own entrance tests for a degree in Game Design. The admission process generally varies across colleges. A few institutes also offer admission based on candidate’s merit i.e. aggregate marks secured in the last academic session.

Top Entrances:

1. NIFT:

  • Number of Stages: 3 (Written Test, Situation Test, and Group Discussion/Personal Interview)
  • Total Number of Question: 150
  • Exam Mode: Offline (Pen Paper Based)


  • Mode of Exam: Computer Based Test
  • Duration of Exam: 3 hours
  • Registration ends: 17 October 2020 

3. CEED:

  • Registration ends: 17 October 2020
  • Last date of Registration (with late fee): 24 October 2020
  • Exam Date: 17 January 2021 (9 AM - 12 PM)

4. NID Entrance:

  • Mode of Exam: Pen and Paper-based (PBT)
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours 


  • Mode of Exam: Online
  • Duration of Exam: 1 hour

Career Scope:

Career/Job Profile Average Salary per Annum
Game Designer Rs 6-7 lakhs
Game Developer Rs 5-8 lakhs
Game Tester Rs 5-6 lakhs
Concept Artist Rs 4-8 lakhs
Game Producer Rs 5-10 lakhs

Top Recruiters:

  • Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Ubisoft
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Sega Games Co.Ltd
  • Rockstar Games
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games
  • Tencent Interactive Entertainment

Top Recruiting Cities:

  • Mumbai
  • Bangalore
  • Noida
  • Pune
  • New Delhi


Q: How hard is it to design Video Games?
A: It’s challenging, and also rewarding. Designing games is not the same as playing them—designing takes hard work and time. But, if you put the time and effort in, you can build games you’re proud of.

Q: What is the difference between Game design and game development?
A: Game design is to create the main idea of the game while. It's a creative side. Game development is turning this vision into an actual game. Its a programming side.

Q: Do I need to be an Artist to design video games?
A: No, You don't need to be an Artist. There is plenty of prepackaged images and art that you can use either for free or by purchasing that you can use in your video games. But if you want to get really good then you have to put in the time to develop your artistic skills.

Q: What is the course available in Digital game design?
A: The courses available are Diploma, M.Des, B.Sc, B.Des in Digital game Design.



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