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How To Become a Game Designer in India

  • Game Designing is on the most upcoming career for the students wanted to make career in animation. Gaming industry is rapidly growing with a pace of 50% per annum.
  • Due to less PC penetration, game industry did not grew the way industry grow in the world. Nasscom estimates that India’s gaming industry will reach approx 1 billion. Now Smartphone penetration leading the way,
  •  We all know that India’s one third population age is below 35.This age group is the main target audience for gaming industry. This makes India’s worlds leading market for gaming industry. 
  • India is on 18th rank in global gaming industry, making revenue of $ 422 Million every year.
  • If you wanted to make career in the gaming industry, you can choose it with full confidence

A Gaming developer or designer chooses either of the two:

  • Working with 2D Platform
  • Working with 3D platform

There are various institutes which offers diploma ,degree & certificate courses. Few courses are mention below…….

Diploma courses: 

  • Diploma-Professional-Certification Courses in Animation
  • Diploma in Game Design and Integration
  • Advanced Diploma in Game Art & 3D Game Content Creation
  • Professional Diploma in Game Art
  • Diploma in Production Gaming,
  • Game Art And Design

Degree courses

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design Arts), 3 to 4 years
  • Bachelor of Science in Animation Game Design and Development, 2 to 3 years
  • Bachelor of Science in Gaming, 2 to 4 years
  • Bachelors in Media Animation & Design (BMAD), 2 - 3 Years

Certificate Courses:

  • Certificate Course in Window Game Programming ( Web and Mobile), 3 - 6 Months
  • Certificate course in Game Art & Design, 9 to 15 months
  • Programs Game Art, 9 to 15 months


  • General cost of the 2 to 4  year course is about 2 to 6 lakh, whereas individual Diplomas or Courses take 9 months to 2 year and  also cost you about 2 to 3 lakh INR.

After getting through the course in which you have major, you can work as:

  • Teaching in educational institutions
  • Marketing and advertising agencies
  • Mobile phone companies
  • Designing & Programming companies

To be a successful Game Designer or Programmer, skills that count are:

  • Technological affinity:  3D Max/ Maya/ XSI, Light wave 3D, Cinema 4D etc and computer graphics, data structures
  • Knowledge of the game designing software
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Understanding game mechanics
  • Sense of colour, design, visualization
  • Skills in cinematography or story writing
  • Commercial awareness 
  • Understanding New age generation
  • Sound and updated knowledge of People tastes
  • Enthusiasm for the games industry
  • The good thing about Distance learning and Online course is that, they are low cost when comparing to fees structure of Conventional institutions.

The success of Gaming companies in mobile Gaming industries has led a lot of individuals in Game designing and Game Programming career. Multinational companies are setting shops and institutions thus, opportunities are opening. To specialize in Gaming, it is a good idea to pursue an Advance degree or diploma courses in Gaming, such as:

  • Master of Design (Communication Design
  • Advanced Diploma in Game Art & 3D Game Content Creation, 1 year
  • Professional

    After 10+2, students in all streams can pursue the courses in gaming without requiring entrance exam they can join diploma & degree Courses. In gaming the popular streams are:

    • Animation
    • Computer Science
    • Graphic design
    • Multimedia design
    • Software engineering

    Gaming industry is about switching to new technologies, such as software design, programming, art or animation and working methods, so an ability to manage learning and keeping up to date with technological developments is essential for personal computers, games consoles, social/online games, tablets, Smart phones and other hand-held devices. You work as:

    • Game Designer
    • Game programmer
    • Audio engineer;
    • artist, including concept artist, animator and 3D modeller
    • Special 3d  effects Artist
    • Software Engineer
    • Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer
    • Software Developer, Games
    • Video Game Programmer
    • Video Game Designer 
    • Game Quality assurance tester

    Typical Responsibilities

    • The exact work you carry out will vary depending on your specialist area but it may include: 
    • Conducting design reviews
    • Designing game mechanics
    • Creating prototypes for staff and management
    • Working on 2D or 3D animation software, such as Maya
    • Working on audio features of the game
    • Game programming languages such as C++
    • Quality testing games in a systematic manner
    • Typical starting salaries for artists/animators and programmers in games development are around 3 lakh to 7 lakh INR. The salary depends on a number of factors such as their talent and company profile but usually it is exceptionally high! 
    • Game designer earns about 5 lakh INR, Software engineer about 7 lakh INR, 3D Artist about 3 lakh INR, game programmer about 5 lakh INR, Game Tester  2.5 lakh INR, Sr. Software Programmer about 6 lakh INR.

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