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Advanced Game Development

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall (September) | Spring (January) | Summer (May)
Application deadline: Fall – March 1 | Spring – August 1 | Summer – December 1

About this program

Advanced Game Development

For you, video games aren't just a hobby. Gaming is life. Turn your passion into your profession through our Advanced Game Development program. At KPU, you'll receive hands-on training with the tools of the trade to find your dream job in the entertainment arts industry.

We've developed an intensive curriculum, in partnership with the Centre for Entertainment Arts, with 96 credits delivered over six consecutive terms. This compressed delivery ensures a more comprehensive education, while allowing you to complete the diploma and be ready for the job market in the quickest time possible.

Are you an entertainment arts student transferring to KPU from the entertainment arts programs previously offered at Langara College? Please visit Transfer Students for information about entertainment arts moving to KPU.

Admission requirements

Once you have completed your application, you will receive instructions on how to submit your portfolio. Your portfolio is your chance to show us your creative skills and interests. Please visit, the Entertainment Arts Portfolio Requirements for more information, including suggestions on what to put in your portfolio.

For further information on admission requirements, please contact the institute's website.

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Program content

We've designed the diploma in Advanced Game Development with a comprehensive curriculum to prepare you to enter the gaming industry confident and job-ready. Leveraging KPU's hands-on approach to learning, this two-year, full-time program delivers you the core practical and creative skills employers look for, including art, design, programming and production.

Art courses give you the skills to produce your own art assets for your games. You'll learn environment and character modelling, texturing, animation, technical art and procedural art, while also learning foundational artistic theory that can be applied to any creative medium.

Design courses cover in-depth design theory, while giving you hands-on, practical experience with leading-edge industry game engines and design tools, such as Unreal, Unity and the Adobe Creative Suite. You'll also learn crucial soft skills, such as critical analysis, creative problem solving, communication and collaboration.

Programming courses teach you how to build games from the ground up, turning your creative vision into reality. You'll learn the latest industry techniques in game programming, networking, AI, rendering and more, while gaining the practical production skills necessary for your career in game development.

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

Program delivery

We've got the talent and know-how to teach you what it takes to be successful in this fast-paced creative arts industry. Through our industry-experienced instructors you'll learn the core aspects of game development and get hands-on experience with leading-edge industry software, processes, workflows and theory.

You'll learn in a simulated studio environment, working under time and creative constraints to make your very own games, applying the design, art and technical knowledge you’ve learned.

Plus, we'll help you create and develop a professional portfolio of the projects and games you've developed. So, you'll not only have the skills and experience but a killer collection of work to prove it. We know the industry and have the connections to help you find opportunities in studios, as soon as your skills and professional development allow.


Standard Fee: $72,482.40 (96 Credits)


Our goal is for you to graduate as a production-ready designer, artist, programmer or project manager well-versed in theory, software, tools, processes and workflows, as well as many soft skills. In fact, you could find work before you graduate.

Career paths

Graduates of the diploma in Advanced Game Development have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work in the game industry in one of the many game developer roles, such as designer, artist, programmer and project manager.

Students that apply themselves and maintain a high academic standing are more than capable of compiling a professional portfolio/demo reel and applying for work prior to graduation.

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About this institute

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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With 5 campuses, 140 programs, and 20,000 full time students each year, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of the largest and most exciting universities in the Metro Vancouver region of Canada. It’s why thousands of international students from around 70 countries choose to study at KPU each year.

As an international student at KPU, your education will be relevant and thought-provoking. Your instructors will care deeply about your learning, and our programs will offer you the opportunity to get real, hands-on experience to prepare you for your dream career—whether in Canada, or beyond. And at every step in your journey, our welcoming international student services will be there to support you and celebrate your success. Plus? Metro Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and livable places in the entire world.

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