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Arts, Communication, Media and Design

Video Game Designer

Build the New Age of Entertainment

Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

Contact Info

Center for Career Exploration and Success

45 Armstrong Center

550 E. Spring St.

Oxford, OH 45056


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Related Job Titles

Design Director, Designer, Game Designer, Level Designer, World Designer

Facts and Stats

Your career outlook is looking good – just like these stats.

O*NET Code: 15-1255.01

O*NET Summary
  • $80k Median wages (annual)


  • 1,800 Projected job openings


  • >11% Projected growth (much faster than average)


What you Need to Know

  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Related Programs

Top Technology Requirements Included in Job Postings

  • Data base user interface and query software — Blackboard software; Microsoft SQL Server; Structured query language SQL
  • Development environment software — Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript; C; Microsoft High Level Shader Language HLSL; Simple DirectMedia Layer SDL
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Flash; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop; Microsoft Visio
  • Object or component oriented development software — Advanced business application programming ABAP; Objective C; Oracle Java; Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Web platform development software — Hypertext markup language HTML; JavaScript; PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor; Ruby on Rails

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