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Game Design

Game Design Education

Game Design is about describing the world within which the game is played. This could be a futuristic first-person shooter or a strategy taking place in the Middle Ages. Game Design defines everything from the story to the game mechanics, i.e. how the player interacts with the world around them.

Depending on the size of the studio or project, game designers can work on major or particular tasks. A major task would be the world design – the game’s backstory, setting and overall end goal.  A more specific task would be the battle design i.e. the ways characters fight and under what conditions they win or lose. 

The overall aim of the Game Design program at ARC Academy is to build the skills and knowledge to create exciting game stories needed to become a successful member of a game studio. The program’s highlight is the final semester when students from all programs (Game Design, Concept Art, 3D Art and Game Programming) come together to create a game prototype with a studio producer. Studying takes place on-site at our campus, with classes mostly on evenings and weekends to suit anyone with a busy schedule.

What You Get?

We believe that innovative and practice-oriented education is the foundation for a person’s future professional success. By applying to the Academy, you receive:

A certificate recognized by the game industry and document from the Ministry of Education in Bulgaria

A certificate recognized by the game industry and document from the Ministry of Education in Bulgaria

Professional lecturers from game studios

Professional lecturers from game studios

Personalized feedback to develop a high-quality skill set

Personalized feedback to develop a high-quality skill set

Halls equipped with the necessary software and hardware

Halls equipped with the necessary software and hardware

Working on a real game prototype with a studio producer

Working on a real game prototype with a studio producer

Strong Portfolio, ready to be used for job applications

Strong Portfolio, ready to be used for job applications

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

Our Game Design program is suitable for people who have a strong sense of telling a story and a desire to create exciting experiences for players. If you are interested in shaping worlds and defining game mechanics, i.e. how the game is played, this might be the right fit for you.  This is a good opportunity for people who are not passionate about visual arts but are willing to pursue a career in the game industry.

likes to play games

likes to play games

can build concepts and develop stories

can build concepts and develop stories

wants to know how games work - gameplay, mechanics, levels, missions

wants to know how games work - gameplay, mechanics, levels, missions

dreams of developing <br>video games

dreams of developing
video games

WHAT WOULD YOU STUDY?

The Game Design program at ARC Academy is two years (4 semesters). Within the education, you will acquire knowledge, skills and techniques for working in the field of game design, learning to create the story, mechanics and levels in games.

  • Game design is the process of inventing the content and rules of video games. It defines the goals and challenges in a game, through which it builds a connection between the characters and the player. In this course, you will learn different methods that will direct your creativity to develop a working game design.

    • Game Design (Intro)
    • Design Documentation 
    • Creative Writing 
    • Soft Skills 
    • 3D Art (Intro)

Meet the Lecturers

Our classes are taught by seasoned professionals who are willing to transfer industry know-how to the younger generation. The teaching process is interactive and mostly practice-oriented. That is why lecturers closely follow each student’s progress and provide personalized feedback.

STUDENTS GRADUATED IN GAME DESIGN

Thanks to their talent and hard work our students achieve professional success in the creative sphere.

WHAT IS THE ADMISSION PROCESS?

You can get detailed information about everything you need to know about becoming
part of ARC Academy on our Admission page.

Application form

Application form

The application includes personal information, your CV, portfolio and motivation for studying at the Academy. You should also attach your certificate of English Language Proficiency.

Interview

Interview

The interview is your chance to concisely present yourself as a quality candidate for ARC Academy.

Practical Task

Practical Task

Аs a final step you will be given a task with specific conditions, depending on the program you have chosen. 

Application Deadline

Early Admission
March 31, 2024

 

Regular Admission
July 15, 2024

Classes start
 October, 2024

Limited number of seats
Contact us for more information:
welcome@arc.academy

Classes start
 October 14, 2023

Fees

At ARC Academy, we work hard to provide quality and affordable education to anyone aiming for the game industry.

Below you will find the fees intended for each student applied to the two-year study programs.

50% fee for first year
Upon registration

50% fee for first year
Until September 2024

100% fee for semester 2
Until February 15, 2024

Book a Meeting with Our Team

Want to learn more about ARC programs, training, and application? Fill out the contact form below. We will contact you and organize a virtual meeting with the ARC team to meet and answer all your questions!


Start Your Career with ARC Academy

The ARC Academy’s Game Design program was created in collaboration with our partners – leading professionals from the biggest game studios in Bulgaria such as Gameloft, Creative Assembly, Snapshot Games, and others. All the lecturers you will meet during your studies at the Academy have extensive experience in creating video games. They will give you practical tasks and guidelines to help you find a job in the game industry after graduating from ARC. Many of our students are already part of the teams of leading video game development companies in our country. Apply to ARC Academy and become one of them!

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