Game Design
Anu Handa


Updated: Aug 5, 2020


What is Game Design?

Designing video games is not as easy as playing them. A lot of hard work goes behind building the playable products.

Game Design is a culmination of technical and creative disciplines like programming, computer science, creative writing and graphic design. The Game Designers visualize an idea, plan, create characters, code, design levels & rules, render and actually bring to life the game for the users. They may do this individually or with a team.

How to become a Game Designer?

A four year degree course is the basic requirement to start a career in the field.  After completion of their degree, students may intern with Game Design Studios to have a better understanding of the industry. With the technology advancement, gaming has evolved as a thriving industry, providing a fulfilling & lucrative career opportunity across the globe. Gaming studios with large production budgets have further drastically increase the demand for talented professionals.

Game Design Eligibility Criteria

To pursue a bachelor’s degree in Game Design, a student should pass 10+2 as a qualifying examination from a recognized State or National Board of Education. Age limit, stream specification and minimum qualifying marks in 10+2, can be other criteria’s of eligibility, which may vary among colleges. Some colleges have also introduced seats for NRI quota, for which the qualifying criteria varies.

Entrance Exams for Game Design

All popular colleges conduct entrance exams in order to offer admissions to aspiring candidates. Some of the top Entrance Exams for Design are conducted by NID, NIFT and CEPT.

Game Design Course Curriculum

Some of the subjects taught include:

  • Game Art
  • Animation Fundamentals
  • Design & Production
  • 2D & 3D Graphics
  • Story Telling
  • Game Psychology
  • Character Design
  • Programming
  • Visual Effects
  • Level Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • History of Gaming

Game Designers can specialize in the following fields:

  • Digital Animator
  • Programmer
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Storyline Developer
  • Content Writer
  • Texture Artists
  • Character Animator
  • Level Designer
  • Game Tester
  • Interface Designer

About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology