The Certificate in Video Game Development for Secondary School Students consists of three 60-hour courses designed for youths aged 13 to 16 who are interested in learning about the design and development process of video game production.
This certificate covers both the creative and technical aspects of video game production, including principles of visual, graphic and game design, digital media tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash for producing both still and animated graphics, and object-oriented programming for creating interactivity. This certificate is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to plan, design, write, test, debug and share video games for the web and mobile devices, as well as to expose students to possible areas of specialization in game development careers.
This program will appeal to students who are looking for an introduction to design theory, computer programming skills, and the digital media technology needed to produce interactive video games for both web browsers and mobile devices. Skills acquired in this certificate are applicable for students going on to study digital media arts and computer science.
As part of the University's Camps for Kids program, courses are taught Monday through Friday during July and August.
As part of Continuing Educations programs courses are also offered on Saturdays from September through June.
The Certificate in Video Game Development for Secondary School Students is a three-course, 180-hour program. Students taking courses over the summer would normally require two years to complete. Students taking courses during the regular school year could complete this program in one year.
You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once admitted, you can be confident you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.
The Certificate in Video Game Development for Secondary School Students is restricted to youths aged 13 to 16.