under GraduateGame Design & Development
From a Gamer to Game Developer — experience the transformation by building the skills required to challenge your gamers and the peer professionals
Game Design and Dev
- Course Duration
3 years (Full Time)
Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad
Come Down for the Most Comprehensive Game Program
The UG Degree in Game Design and Development at ICAT is a full-time program that prepares students to independently work through the entire pipeline of game development, starting from conceiving concepts to programming it.
The program combines the skills of Game Art, Game Design, and Game Development, widening the opportunities for the students. It provides an all-round knowledge from traditional art to digital art (2D & 3D), the various techniques employed in game art, the game design principles, and programming games for various platforms. The intense practice offered by the program helps students in seeking a vast career, be it as a 3D Game Artist, Level Designer, or Plugin/Tool Developer.
Why Game Design and Development?
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In India, we have professional teams of digital gamers who compete with global teams. The flair for games has increased the number of gamers to more than 250 million. The Game industry has such a huge number of gamers with the introduction of 4G and 5G networks, increasing use of smartphones and tablets, and fresh technologies that allures the gamers.
Not only there is a huge increase in the number of gamers, the number of game giants setting up their development unit in India has also increased. Microsoft, Nvidia, UbiSoft, Zynga, Electronic Arts, Disney, Playdom, Sony, Digital Chocolate, and many more today have their unit in India, increasing the need for skilled professionals. It’s now the right time to build the game making skills and grab a promising job.
The Learning Curve
Making students an all-rounder in the Game industry takes its course at ICAT through the three years of study. During the years, the students undergo a comprehensive learning, right from the basics of art and design to advanced game development concepts.
Year I - Comprehend the Skills of Game Development
Travelling in a linear fashion, the program starts with giving a clear understanding of the basics, including art and design basics, visualization techniques, interactive media design principles, conceptualization, theories on game design and enhancing player experience, and business aspects of game development. The students get to develop their ability to design games with analytical and technical considerations with relevance to the field of study. They get to explore different storytelling techniques and visualization methods. They create assets in different styles with and without the help of digital tools/software. Further, they are taught the basics of Game Development through powerful programming languages.
Year II – Develop Games from Scratch
Digital 3D Modeling and Character Designing practices give the students their perfect way through developing the necessary characters, props, and environment for their games. The students get their first hands on experience on character animation. These enable the students to finely perform level designing. They learn to use industry-standard game engines to put together their ideas to develop games. Further, the students get their hands on developing Web games, canvas-based games, and games relevant to different mobile platforms, right from scratch
Year III – Ready to Challenge Industry with Finest Skills
With a focus to give our students a cutting-edge among their peers in the industry, the students are introduced to advanced game development techniques like shaders and physics, and are guided towards developing games incorporating latest in technology like XR and IoT. They get to build a strong knowledge on developing games with game engines incorporating high-level gaming concepts. They seek the knowledge on quality assessment methods to ensure quality, from usability to efficiency. Further, they develop excellence in the production of individual programs of work. They will also be working collaboratively in a design development team in a professional environment to get exposed to real world challenges.
Skills to Build
Skills to Seek as a Game Design and Development Professional
- Game Design - Research, Conceptualization
- Game Art - Visualization, Traditional Art Mediums
- Digital Tools - Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, ZBrush, Substance Painter
- Scripting/Programming Languages - C#, Java
- Game Engines - Unity & Unreal
Learning beyond the Walls
Along with regular knowledge building through classroom sessions, the students of Game Design and Development receive an early insight of the professional techniques and industry practices through various seminars, workshops, and interactive sessions conducted by renowned industry professionals. The students also get to seek audience feedback on their work through showcase sessions, which help them improve their ideas.
Research, Report, Remember
Learning through research, analysis, and reporting of any topic related to each module gives the students a sheer understanding of every related concept and helps in long retention of the knowledge sought..
Knowledge Sharing among Peers
Discussing with like-minded people is always a unique way of knowledge sharing. And this happens at ICAT through group discussions with peers, in a guided environment that helps them give a concrete shape to their ideas.
Learn the Techniques from Professionals
Professionals from reputed organizations associated with ICAT share their knowledge, skills and industrial processes with our students through seminars, workshops, and interactive sessions.
Watch the Industry Process Live
Industrial visits to game studios and related companies give the students the clarity on what exactly happens in the industry and what will be expected from them.
Inspire from What’s Around
Outdoor visits to historical places of art, architecture, and design and to renowned conferences and art galleries inspire the creator in students to give shape to the impossible.
Get the Cutting-Edge from Feedbacks
The students of Game Design and Development showcase their works to general audience and to professionals to get their feedback. This helps the students to understand the expectations of the target audience and the industry, and groom accordingly.
Project Based Learning
At ICAT, we follow Project Based Learning (PBL), an enthusiastic, exciting and effective learning style that engage students in building their skills through extensive hands-on experience in developing a product based on the current industry trends.
Practice Real Time
The curriculum at ICAT insists students to take up an internship in any related organization to get a clear and early insight of the industry, and build confidence to take up a career.
Be Assessed on Your Skills
At ICAT, the learning outcome of each module is assessed through periodical Formative Assessments, Assignments, Research Works, and through the originality, innovation and product of the final Project. Also, continuous monitoring of each student is done throughout the year through peer assessments and internal/external reviews.
At ICAT, we encourage students to participate in various national and international competitions to realize the expectation of the industry and understand where they stand among their peers. The Game students at ICAT have consistent success stories of cracking various Game Jams from ‘Dare to be Digital’ to ‘Global Game Jam’. Some of distinguished awards the game students have received include:
- First Prize in GAFX Conference, 2017
- ICAT Alumni Won a Million at Pocket Gamer Connects 2015
- Title of Game Jam Titans, 2014
- First Prize in Square Enix - Game Development Contest, 2012
Practical Learning Facilities
Learn by Doing – Right from the Basics
The industry-standard facilities at ICAT campuses give the Game students a perfect environment to explore the art, design and development techniques in game building.
Build the Artistic Skills
The Game students have access to Art and Design studios, where they get to their seek first-hand experience in design.
High-Configured Machines to Probe Your Ideas
The students are given the perfect environment to experiment their ideas and understand the nuances of digital tools at the IT labs and with student laptops that are loaded with all the necessary industry-standard software.
Learn through Play
The Game students have access to an exclusive Gaming Lounge in the campuses that let them understand the gameplay and different aspects of famous games and learn from them.
The Knowledge Repository
Right from history of games to game building with latest technology, the students have access to all game building information through 100s of books and magazines. This helps them research beyond the class lectures and gain immense knowledge of the industry and current trends.
Common to All Departments
In addition to the specific facilities for each department, the campuses of ICAT College are loaded with spacious classrooms, common library with essential readings, locker facilities for students, air-conditioned halls, personal tutoring space, common working zone, students’ lounge, and so on.
Get Placed as a...
With an exclusive Placement Cell that holds a record of 100% placement, till date, we assure best jobs for every student who have gathered their skills and are ready to take up the challenges of the industry.
As a UG Game Design and Development graduate, the students can seek opportunities in well-known companies like TCS, Ubisoft, Sony, Rockstar Games, Technicolor, Electronic Arts, TechTree, etc similar to the alumni of ICAT. Also as the alumni, they can seek overseas career in firms like Magic Leap. The students can take up a role as:
- Concept Artist
- Game Designer
- 3D Low Polygon Modeler
- Texture Artist
- Game Artist
- Environment Artist
- Effects Animator
- Character Animator
- Level Designer
- Game Play Programmer
Each student can opt for their field of expertise with confidence, as the curriculum at ICAT guides them to build a solid portfolio in their area of interest/specialization.
Why Choose ICAT to Study the Game Design and Development Course?
Only at ICAT
- This intensive hands-on training program on Game Design and Development comes with 100% placement, world-class curriculum and a degree certified by an eminent university.
- The highly equipped labs, frequent sessions from industry professionals, and showcase events give the best learning experience.
- The focus the program gives towards futuristic technologies and the global knowledge that veterans in our knowledge brigade brings help students stand apart as best in the industry.
- Above these, the opportunity to work on Dissertations, create Portfolio, and take up Internship with renowned companies gives the sheer confidence and a cutting edge as a game design/development professional.
Thanks to ICAT for helping me to improve my talents and knowledge in Gaming. Spending my three years at ICAT made me realize what I was capable of. Learning codes helped me to improve my technical skills and the designing part made me to be more creative in 2D and 3D Art.
|NAME||Designation & Company Name|
|Premsella Kumar||Game Designer- Ford|
|Sudharsan||CEO - Darryl Games|
|Rajesh||Game Designer- GSN Games|
|Srivatsava||3D Artist - MPC|
|Gangadhar||3D Artist - Amazon|
|Gifto Varghese||3D Artist - Dhruva Interactive|
|Shravan||Game Designer - Glu Mobiles|
|Hari Raghavan||Hololens Developer|
|Vignesh||Game Tester - Poletowin|
|Akash||2D Artist -Techtree|
|Prithviraj||3D Character Artist - Rockstar Gamesv|
|Abhiraman||Game Designer - Dumadu Games|
|Karthick||Environment Artist -Banana Solutions|
|Damodharan||Game Developer - Holo Pundits|
|Vishal||Game Designer - Doodle Blue Technologies|
|Praful Manuel||2D Artist - Cover It Up|
|Manas Biswal||Unity Developer - Ingage Technologies|
|Krishna Kumar M||Game Developer - Next Wave Multimedia|
|Venkat N Vignesh||Game Tester - Rockstar Games|
Learn from the Veterans’ Perspective
The curriculum and teaching strategies at ICAT is never an instant thought. They are all an outcome of research and brainstorming of ideas from renowned professionals in the field. The knowledge brigade that guides us through the curriculum delivery of UG Game Programming includes:
|ERNEST ADAMS||Game Design Consultant||Trainer and Author of several best-selling books in the Gaming industry|
|Prof. WILLIAM CAMPBELL||Associate Professor||School of Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology, Birmingham City University, UK|
|Prof. ANDREW WILSON||Program Leader||Computer Games Technology, Birmingham City University, UK|
|SENTHIL MURUGAN||Technical Lead||Wipro Technologies|
|SHARAT CHANDRA AITHAL||Game Developer||Worked on SmackDownVs Raw 2009 (PSP), Metro 2033 (PC), Darksiders (PC), Marvel Superhero Squad (X360), Homefront (Ps3)|
|SUJATHA NAGARAJAN||Game Programmer||Graxal Games|
|SOMASUNDARA PANDIAN.V||3D Programmer & Researcher||Bumo3dr|
|CHELLADURAI N||Gameplay Programmer||Friends Learn|
|ELAM PARITHI ARUL||Mobile Developer||CompuSystems|
|ISHKARAN SINGH||Game Programmer||Ubisoft|
|NEELANCHALA||Mobile Game Developer||Hungama.Com|
|VRUSHKETAN||Game Designer||Digital Chocolate|
|NEERAJ KUMAR||Game Programmer|
|SRIKANTH JNSV||Unity Game Programmer|
|Rupesh Mandke||Graphics Engineer||Root 16 Interactive Pvt. Ltd.|
|Senthil Kumar||Founder & Game Designer||Madiee Board Games|
Get in Touch for All Your Needs
Each student is allocated a Personal Mentor to guide through the personal development process, and a Supervisor to support in project and dissertation.
A Students Service Desk is managed at each location with a Student Advisor providing advice to students on all any matters in need, personal or college related. The desk organizes club activities and acts as a point of contact for parents/Guardians.
Study at Any of Our 3 State-of-the-Art Campuses
The ICAT campuses are located at the Shores of Bay of Bengal (Chennai), Silicon Valley of India (Bangalore), and the City of Pearls (Hyderabad). The strategically located campuses expose the students to eminent landmarks/events of the metropolitan cities, which is very important for the Creators of Tomorrow to understand the trending world.
ICAT Design & Media College 153, Santhome High Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.044 - 4293 4293, +91 - 95001 28555
ICAT Design & Media College 424, Bommanahalli, Hosur Main Road, Bangalore - 560 068.080 - 4110 7755, +91 - 96111 73607