Post Graduate Diploma

Game Design

Seek specialist practice in crafting game aesthetics and developing games in 2D and 3D for mobile, PC, game console, AR, VR, and various other platforms.

Course Overview

Join the Highly Practice-Oriented Game Design Program

The PG Diploma in Game Design at ICAT is a 1-year, full-time program that guides and inspires you to coin innovative game ideas and offers intense practice to demonstrate the role as a Designer, Artist, Animator, Creator, Director, Modeller, Illustrator, and more.

The program grooms students as a multifaceted game professional able to design a game from scratch. The students are given more practice-oriented learning on the techniques and technology related to preparing the aesthetics and design of a game, through which the students are prepared to confidently face the real-time challenges posed by the industry.

Why Game Design?

Be a Part of the Most Promising and Challenging Industry

Digital games are no more just about the PC games that people played 3 decades back; it is today in every digital medium around us: in our mobiles, laptops, television, and Web. Games are also there in public places as arcade games, which allure children the most. There are also games coming up big time in the VR and AR platform, which drastically bridges the gap between the real world and the virtual world.

Such a vast pitch of the industry is uplifting the overall gaming industry in India at a rate of 22.1% CAGR, as per KPMG India. Also, both Indian and international gaming leaders are now eyeing the space in India. All these make the Indian Gaming industry a very promising one for skilled game professionals.

Eligibility

Wondering if You Can Be a Part of PG Diploma in Game Design?

Once you complete your under graduation in any stream, you become eligible to take up this PG Diploma in Game Design program.

In addition, if you love to play games, look out to tweak the rules of your games, enjoy animated characters, like to take challenges, and wish to have a promising career, then this program is your best choice.

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Student’s Works

Curriculum

The Learning Curve

Knowledge building on game design starts from the basics of pencil art, digital painting, and techniques of using water colours, oil paints etc. The students are taken through a detailed study of different types and mediums of video games, and game production. They get to pitch ideas, prepare game design documents, understand different perspectives, create 2D and 3D artworks, and understand intellectual property. They practice 3D art and design intensely through character creation, UV unwrapping, texturing, lighting, PBR techniques, and mapping. They go through intense practice of game production, related researches, level designing, level integration, using game engines, and more. They also get to practice user interface design through the understanding of wireframes, typography, grids, and layouts. Further, the students practice the complete production process by implementing different techniques and methodologies. Finally, the students learn to market, publish, and monetize games.

Skills to Build

Skills to Seek as an Game Design Professional

  • 2D Concept Art
  • Game Documentation
  • 3D Character Modelling
  • 3D Environment Designing
  • 3D Props Designing
  • 3D Vehicles Modelling
  • Level Designing
  • Marketing
  • Monetizing

Teaching Methodology

Learning beyond the Walls

The specialist practice of gaining artistic design skills along with the ability to handle technology happens at ICAT in the one year through varied methods of teaching. Here, every student is individually guided through the theoretical learning and practice-oriented skill building.

Research Based Learning

To make students proficient with the process of game production, students are insisted to prepare detailed research on different topics in each module. This lets students to self explore through a lots of information, which is one of the best ways to increase retention of knowledge.

Learn the Techniques Live

As students of the Art genre, they are given the experience of life study drawing to understand the nuances in modelling. They are also taken for outdoor sessions, where the students get their light and shadow study.

Hear from the Professionals

Experts from the game industry share their production experiences, technical knowledge, and industry standards to give the students their best of knowledge. They conduct seminars and workshops from time to time on topics of key learning.

Keep in Pace with the Trending Technology

Hands-on experience on latest in technology like Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) gives the students a cutting-edge over their counterparts in the field.

Mould Your Skills on Feedbacks

Exhibiting students’ skills through projects and research works to professionals, faculties, peers, and even public audience give the students the confidence in game building. The feedbacks they receive through such sessions are the perfect way for them to fine tune their skills.

Compete Your Skills

Participating in competitions like Game Jam tell the students their proficiency level and help them identify their area of expertise/improvement. Also, participating in various conferences like NGDC (NASSCOM Game Developers Conference), IGDC, and GAFX give the students a thorough outlook of latest in the industry and technology.

Watch It Live

Frequent visits to renowned game companies and related industries give the students a clear vision of how things work in real time. This makes a perfect preparation for employment.

Practice the Professional Way

The curriculum at ICAT insists students to submit assignment, mini projects, major project, and portfolio with clear textual content that records their course of work. They get the practice of clearly scripting the Game Design Documents (GDD), Game Pitch document, Concept documents, and dissertations that will help them perform the professional way in their career.

Assessment Technique

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.

Student Awards

At ICAT, we encourage students to participate in various national and international competitions, which help them to rise and shine as they pursue their creative skills and build their team spirit. Some of distinguished awards the game students have received for their well chartered documentations and works include:

  • 2017 – First Prize in GAFX Conference, 2017
  • 2015 – ICAT Alumni Won a Million at Pocket Gamer Connects 2015
  • 2014 - Title of Game Jam Titans
  • 2012 – First Prize in Square Enix - Game Development Contest

Practical Learning Facilities

Learn by Doing – Right from the Basics

Understand the best way of presenting your ideas through intense practice at industry-standard facilities in ICAT.

Experiment Ideas with Industry-Standard Machines

The labs at ICAT campuses house high-configured machines loaded with all the necessary industry-standard software. This provides a perfect space for the students to practice their design ideas.

Play and Learn

The Gaming Lounge in the campuses comes as a unique feature for the game students to experience the gameplay of games of different genres.

Practice the Art

The game students have access to Art and Design Studios to seek first-hand experience on design.

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.

Career Opportunities

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 challenges of the industry.

As a PG Diploma Game Design student, you can get opportunities in well-known companies like Rockstar Games, Technicolor, Electronic Arts, Nukebox, BYJU’s etc. The students of PG Diploma in Game Design can find a position as a:

  • 3D Low Polygon Modeler
  • Texture Artist
  • 3D Game Artist
  • 3D Environment Artist
  • Effects Animator
  • Technical Artist
  • Game Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Play Tester
  • Character Artist
  • Creative Director
  • 2D & 3D Artist
  • Instructor

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 Course?

Only at ICAT

  • This practical program on Game Design comes with 100% placement and world-class curriculum.
  • 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 professional.

The college is good, and the faculties are also very nice and friendly. I now realized that the Game Art and Design is for those who want a challenging job. During the course, the faculties helped me in everything. The Placement department was also really good. They got me placed in a very good company.

Huzefa Sikandar

Alumni Success

NAME COMPANY
Rajesh Game Designer - GSN Games
Gifto Varghese 3D Artist - Dhruva Interactive
Sikandar Shabbir 3D Artist – 99 Games
Shravan Game Designer - GLU Mobiles
Saahil Kumar Content Integrator – Moonfrog Labs
Sahaya Anton Game Designer- BYJU’s
Panchami Game Designer - GLU Mobiles
Jasper Jaison S Game Designer - Nukebox
Kumar S 3D Artist – Technicolor
Udayapraveen S 3D Artist - Technicolor
Solomon Raj A 3D Artist - Technicolor
Vijay Krishna K Data Collection Specialist – Gamopedia
Kevin Michael A J Game Designer – Pixolot labs
Satheesh M 2D Artist- Zoho

Knowledge Brigade

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 PG Game Design includes:

  • Ernest Adams, Game Design Consultant, Trainer, and Author of several best-selling books in the Game industry
  • Ed Hooks, Member of Screen Actors Guild - AFTRA and Author of ‘Acting for Animators’ book
  • Richie, Art Director at Zing Games
  • Karthikeyan, 3D Artist at Technicolor

Student Service

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.

Campus Location

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.

Chennai

ICAT Design & Media College 153, Santhome High Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.

044 - 4293 4293,

+91 - 95001 28555

Bangalore

ICAT Design & Media College 424, Bommanahalli, Hosur Main Road, Bangalore - 560 068.

080 - 4110 7755,

+91 - 96111 73607

Hyderabad

ICAT Design & Media College 11-9-45/2, Vishal Towers, Kothapet Cross Roads, Near Kothapet Fruit Market, Beside OMNI Hospital, Kothapet, Hyderabad - 500 035.

040 - 4221 7755,

+91 - 88862 33334