Making games can be as rewarding as playing them

Today’s video games are complex pieces of software that require a deep understanding of math, computer science, and physics. These workshops and courses cover the entire game development process and production pipeline. Students build the range of skills needed to turn a good game idea into the kind of high-quality game experience today’s players expect, including:

  • Fundamentals of programming, digital art, and sound design
  • Foundational game mechanics
  • The game design and development process
  • The game production pipeline
  • Art and sound production
  • World building and storytelling

Game Design Programs

Pre-College Game Design

Students are introduced to the technical and creative skills that create engaging, interactive player experiences.

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WANIC Game Design

This program is for creative-minded students who want to understand the psychology behind games and learn the skills used for designing engaging interactive experiences.

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WANIC Intro to Game Design and Development

This 3-week Summer Program is forstudents who want to understand the psychology behind games and learn the skills used for designing them.

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Ready to take the next step?

Who should take Game Design programs

This program is for students who are interested in game design, who are curious about the makings of video games and strive to understand the world of creation.

Courses in Game Design are for creative-minded students who are curious to understand the behaviour and psychology behind games and eager to learn the skills and methods for designing fun and engaging interactive systems. Students will spend time prototyping, testing, and developing different game ideas.

Students who excel in this program enjoy blending the mechanical, spatial and narrative aspects of the game experience. Game Design is a good fit for students who can envision putting themselves in the players’ shoes to create worlds and wonders through their imagination.

Design Games and Applications

Work as a designer on a team to create game experiences with systems and mechanics.

Learn How to Prototype Your Ideas

Learn about the cycle of design, user testing, and iteration to create products that are intuitive and effective.

Study Human Behavior in Relation to a Game Experience

Learn about psychology, storytelling, and other subjects as they relate to interactive media and user experiences.

Study Game Design Theory and Methodology

Examine the practice of game design from a variety of angles, including system design, level design, technical design, and more.

Career outlook

Do you see yourself working as an entrepreneur or entry-level game designer?

With Game Design courses, students will develop skills in order to pursue professional design roles within game development and beyond.

Potential Careers:

Game Developer, Game Designer, Digital
Interface Designer, Level Designer, UX Designer, Gameplay Programmer, Systems Designer, Software Architect

Example Median Yearly Salary in the Seattle Metro area:

  • Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers - $150,040

*Source:, U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022

Hear from students in our Game Design WANIC Program

Our programs are aligned with DigiPen Institute Degree Programs in Game Design and Development

Do you want to make games? These three programs are the most closely focused on game design and development.

Are you looking for a game design degree that emphasizes human behavior, motivation, and the crafting of memorable interactive experiences? You may be suited to the Bachelor of Arts in Game Design program.

Do you want to build the systems and technology that make games possible? If so, the two computer science programs may be right for you.

Whichever program you choose, you’ll be exposed to a variety of subjects and ideas, as well as ample opportunities to create original games as part of a multidisciplinary team.