Game Designer

As a game designer you will be specialised in conceiving and delivering games. You'll bring ideas, build prototypes, create interactive narration and develop the game's mechanics.

What do game designers do?

Game designers will be creating narrative features, such as story-lines, role-play mechanics and character bios. They will work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes games developers, programmers, games artists, animators and quality assurance testers.They may work on a design that is from a pre-approved idea, as in a game based upon a film.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Observing and learning about already existing game designs
  • Checked Conducting market research to understand what your target audience wants
  • Checked Considering, planning and detailing every element of a new game including the setting, rules, story flow, props, vehicles, character interface and modes of play
  • Checked Writing scripts and designing storyboards
  • Checked Working collaboratively with others, including games developers, artists and programmers, to produce a prototype - a small-scale playable version of the game
  • Checked Training quality assurance (QA) testers to play the game so they can test it properly
  • Checked Leading on the user experience (UX) design of the game, ensuring players have the best experience

What are the areas of specialisation in Game designing?

A level designer, work on levels (also called maps) in stages. The very first stage is planning the entire game’s set of maps.
In Games, Content design is the creation of characters, items, puzzles, and missions
Interface designer deals with the construction of the user interactions & feedback interface, like menus or heads-up displays in a game

How to become a Game designer

Step 1
Take any stream in +2

Candidates who have appeared for a 10 + 2 examination, or its educational equivalent in any discipline ( Science, Commerce or Arts) with an interest in Design & Innovation is eligible for a bachelors in multimedia and animation.


Step 2
Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia and Animation or Certification in Animation

Take Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia and Animation or Diploma/Certification in Animation from recognised Institute/College/University.


Note:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Applied Art and Visual Communication) can be an alternative path towards game designing.

Step 3
Master of Science in Game Design

Take Master’s course in Game design which is of 2 years. This is available both in India and foreign universities.

Game Design Colleges

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Requirements for masters in game design

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (For admission into M.Des Digital Game Design at the National Institute of Design , Ahmedabad, Gujarat)

  • A 3 Years Bachelor degree in any specialization Or a Full-time Diploma of minimum 4-year duration in Design/Fine Arts/Applied Arts/ Architecture
  • NID DAT (Design Aptitude Test)
  • Personal Interview

Foreign (For admission into Master Programme in Game Design at the Uppsala University,Sweden)

  • Bachelor’s degree with in-depth subject study in a main field of study specialising in games or gaming (e.g. game design, game development, game programming, computer and systems science, Information technology.
  • English Language proficiency :An overall score of 6.5 and no section below 5.5 in IELTS or a total score of 90 in TOEFL.
  • A statement of purpose (describing your intent in applying for the programme).

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Skills Required

Communication skills

To succeed as a games designer, professionals need to communicate vision and ideas to other project team members like visual artists, producers, music and sound effects specialists, and marketers. Thus strong communication skills are needed.

Computer skills

A game designer needs to possess excellent skills in handling design software. This will help you to create a game that is vivid and life-life with realistic animation, helping it to stand out in the competitive marketplace.

Creativity

A successful game designer always required to possess creativity as they need to come up with unique and original game ideas and dream up incredible virtual worlds.

Problem-solving skills

Game designers would always be required to overcome challenges and resolve technical glitches in their everyday life. Thus ability to see problems from different viewpoints and find solutions, is highly required.

Time management skills

Game designers are always required to work along with multiple teams of artistic and technical professionals responsible for pulling different pieces together. To succeed in such an environment, they need to be able to work well under pressure, learn to collaborate with others, and keep to project deadlines.

Team skills

Game designers will use their excellent team skills to work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes games developers, programmers, games artists, animators and quality assurance testers.

Industries

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Top Companies

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