Game Art and Design

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Program Code: 6422

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters (16 months continuous)

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre


Telephone: 416-289-5000 ext. 8659

In just 16 consecutive months, Centennial College's Game Art and Design program allows you to gain the skills to launch a career in the dynamic, ever-expanding and intensely creative interactive game industry.

To prepare for a career of imagination, innovative design and storytelling, you receive intensive hands-on training in Game Art and Design courses and learn how to build traditional 3D art assets for games, develop game environments and characters and express your one-of-a-kind creativity.

Developed by industry professionals and School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design instructors with a forward-thinking approach towards the next wave of interactive games, this games diploma program is well-respected in the industry.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-109 Drawing for 3D Modeling and Animation Story Arts Centre
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Story Arts Centre
GAME-110 Anatomy and Construction Story Arts Centre
GAME-111 Perspective Story Arts Centre
GAME-112 Composition and Colour Story Arts Centre
GAME-113 3D Modelling and Texturing 1 Story Arts Centre
GAME-114 Game Theory Story Arts Centre
GAME-199 Creativity In Context Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Story Arts Centre
GAME-210 Environment Design 1 Story Arts Centre
GAME-211 Character Design 1 Story Arts Centre
GAME-212 Digital Painting 1 Story Arts Centre
GAME-213 3D Modelling and Texturing 2 Story Arts Centre
GAME-214 Unreal Editor Story Arts Centre
GAME-215 Life Drawing 2 Story Arts Centre
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-428 Integrated Media Story Arts Centre
GAME-310 Environment Design 2 Story Arts Centre
GAME-311 Character Design 2 Story Arts Centre
GAME-312 Digital Painting 2 Story Arts Centre
GAME-313 UE3 Material Editing Story Arts Centre
GAME-315 Environment Texture Story Arts Centre
GAME-412 Compositing Story Arts Centre
GAME-500 Storyworks Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
GAME-314 Lighting Story Arts Centre
GAME-410 Post Effects and Material Editing Story Arts Centre
GAME-411 Final Project Studio Story Arts Centre
GAME-414 Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • Industry professionals designed this media program's focused curriculum.
  • Thanks to small classes, there is an excellent teacher to student ratio, making it easy to interact with dedicated and passionate instructors who are working professionals in the game industry.
  • During the fourth semester, you partake in a field placement.
  • Use of the latest software and hardware ensures you transition seamlessly into a production environment.
  • You have access to excellent facilities, including dedicated labs with 24/7 student access.
  • The Story Arts Centre is nestled in a quiet neighbourhood, a five-minute walk from the Pape Subway station, just steps from the thriving Danforth restaurant district.

Career Outlook

  • Environment artist
  • Character artist
  • Surfacing artist
  • Concept artist
  • Level designer
  • Game concept artist
  • Technical artist

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory Game Art and Design program admission session, where you will submit a portfolio of work.

  • A portfolio is a demonstration of your creativity and ability to communicate visually
  • Portfolio pieces may include: life drawings, sketches, paintings, sculptures or digitally produced artwork
  • Should include 10-15 pieces of your best work
  • Presentation should be neat and simple, not distracting from the work itself


  • Preference will be given to applicants who have traditional life drawing skills and demonstrate familiarity with one or more graphics applications such as Photoshop, ZBrush, 3DS Max or Maya.
  • After applying, applicants will receive a letter with instructions on how to book the Game Art and Design program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $7,779.50 $1,013.00 $8,792.50
International $15,061.00 $2,296.00 $17,357.00