Game Designer (Multimedia)

Game designers invent, build, produce and promote computer games. Game design is like being the film director, but for a computer simulation (imitates the appearance of reality). They are limited only by their own imagination and the customer’s budget.

Game designers are the creative thinkers in the development of a game, and they become the story-tellers in how the game is to be played. They produce the game design document and develop games for educational, entertainment or computer platforms. There are different styles of computer games:

simulation - where the player takes on a real-world simulation
strategy - where the player takes on opponents using strategic and tactical moves
role-playing - where the player controls characters in fantasy or science-fiction environments
action - where the player needs a quick eye and reactions to make his moves against a character.

The degree of programming is dependent on the type of game. In small projects, game designers do the design and most of the programming, whereas in larger projects, they may do the design only and the programming will be done by other people. They work with a team of programmers, developers and animators.


  • computer software companies

  • advertising agencies

  • game developing companies

  • self-employed, with appropriate experience

Getting Started

  • develop your computer skills

  • speak to game designers about this career and ask permission to observe them at work


Belgium Campus, Bindura University of Science Education, Centurion Academy, Chinhoyi University of Technology, City Varsity, Damelin, Gaborone Institute of Professional Studies, Greenside Design Center College of Design, Institute of Development Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kabarak University, KCA University, Kirinyaga University College, Kyambogo University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Maseno University, Meru University of Science and Technology, Monash South Africa, Multimedia University of Kenya, Murang'a University of Technology, National University of Science & Technology, Ndejje University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rosebank College, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Sol Plaatjies University, Strathmore University, Technical University of Kenya, The Open Window School of Visual Communication, Université des Mascareignes, University of Eldoret, University of Johannesburg, University of Mpumalanga, University of Nairobi, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch, Varsity College, Vega School of Brand Communications

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