Computer Game Designer

OFO No: 251301

Other names for Computer / Video Game Designer:

  • Animation Programmer
  • Computer Games Programmer
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Graphical Programmer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Multimedia Programmer
  • Multimedia Specialist

What is a Computer / Video Game Designer?

If you love computer / video games, then being a Computer / Video Game Designer may be your dream job.

The computer / video game design industry is a booming and highly competitive industry.

  • Video Game Designers are in demand!

A Computer / Video Game Designer is like a scriptwriter for the movies, but works in the field of computer simulation (imitating the appearance of reality).

Their only limitations are their own imagination and their client’s budget.

Computer / Video Game Designers are the creative thinkers in the development of a game, and they become the storytellers in how the game is to be played. They are master storytellers involved from the development of the game right through to its ending.
To be successful, Computer / Video Game Designers need to be extremely imaginative. 

Computer / Video Game Designers may specialise in certain skills: some may be brilliant at designing puzzles, while others may specialise in creating entertaining storylines.  Often computer / video game programmers will seek a Video Game Designer based on what the game needs and the designer’s reputation.

A Computer / Video Game Designer maybe considered a Graphic Designer who specialises in 3D Graphics.

They may be employed in a company, freelance or do contractual work on a part-time basis.

There are different styles of computer games:


where the player takes on a real-world situation


 where the player takes on opponents using strategic and tactical moves


 where the player controls characters in fantasy or science fiction environments


 where the player needs a quick eye and reaction to make his moves against a character

What does a Computer / Video Game Programmer do?

  • meets with clients to discuss requirements
  • explains to clients what is technically possible
  • works with a team of developers, programmers, and other designers
  • designs the layouts and settings of different levels in the game
  • plans the game’s storyline
  • creates characters
  • presents finished design to clients
  • keeps up to date wiht technology developments
  • tests a copy of the game for snags and problems

Are you … ?

  • imaginative?
  • willing to work long hours?
  • interested in computer programming, animation, and graphics?
  • organized?
  • able to work in a team?
  • analytical?
  • a good communicator?

How do I become a Computer / Video Game Designer?

There are a number of ways to study.


Diploma in Multi-Media

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Tshwane Univeersity of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg


Bachelor of Technology Multi-Media 

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Tshwane Univeersity of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Vaal University of Technology


Bachelor of Multi-Media

  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Pretoria

Here are a few other examples:

  • NEMISA: (National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa)

Offers a 3 year Animation programme


Higher Certificate in Animation & Visual Effects


Offers a 2 year Diploma in 3D Dsign & Digital Animation


Offers a 3 year Diploma in 3D Animation Concept Art



3 year Bachelor of Engineering Science in Digital Art BEngSc (Digital Art)

Bachelor of Arts in Performing & Visual Arts majoring in Game Design BAPVA (Game Design)

Here is a rough guideline:

Grade 12
Portfolio of work


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Graphic Designer … or … Web Designer

Is becoming a Computer / Video Game Designer the right career choice for me?