Game Design

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Most video game jobs can be broken down into three categories – designer, programmer, and artist. In order to get into the game industry, you will need to finish a degree in game design and take some relevant subject such as literature and mythology, computer programming and math. However, a degree does not instantly warrant you a job at a game company and you may initially dabble on jobs that are more into graphic design or programming before you finally become a game designer.


Academically, your pathway to postgraduate education has a wide range of options because you will be actively involved in graphic design, animation, conceptual art, and most of all, programming. So you have a good options in terms of the academic path.

Areas of research in the game industry may include:

  • Play Experience
  • Mobile Game Development
  • Open and Virtual Reality
  • Advance Game Programming and Skills Development Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • 3D Environments
  • Many other areas of research
Subject Focus

You will be learning subjects like:

  • Creative Thinking, Idea Generating Methodology, and Story Development
  • 2D & 3D Animation
  • Game Development Fundamentals and Advance Principles
  • Digital Video and Audio Production
  • Motion Analysis and Motion Capture Technologies
  • Law and Ethics
  • Programming and Mathematics
  • Data Structure and Algorithms
  • Computer Graphics and Mobile Game Development
  • Research Methods For Computing and Technology
  • Basic & Advance 3D Computer Character Modelling

Entry Requirements:

Diploma: SPM, O Level, or Equivalent
Degree: STPM, A Level, Foundation in Science or Computing, Diploma, or Equivalent

Personality Type

There are various types of personality for game designers of creative thinkers and that may include:

  • Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Thinking (T), Judgment (J) or (INTJ).
  • Extraversion (E), Intuition (N), Thinking (T), Perception (P) or (ENTP).

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ESR (Enterprising, Social, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Some of the jobs for a graduate of game design in Malaysia are:

  • Digital Designer
  • Interactive / Web Designer
  • Front End Designer
  • Multimedia/Graphic Designer
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Auto-cad Designer Drafter
  • Mobile Game Developer
  • Mobile Game Quality Assurance Associate
  • Mobile Apps Developer
  • iOS/Android Developer
  • Front End .Net Developer
  • 3D Game Artist

Range of monthly salaries in the industry:

Entry Level: RM3,000 – RM4,000
2-4 years experience: RM4,500 – RM5,500
4 – 6 years experience: RM6,000 – RM13,000
Senior posts (Over 6 years of experience): above RM13,000

Job Demand

In Malaysia:
It is important to note that the game development industry in Malaysia is a relatively slow industry and requires individuals with skills and love for the craft to bring this industry to the mainstream consoles. However, the mobile game industry in Malaysia is a very active industry.

Global demand:
Top countries known for game development are the United States, England, Canada, Japan, Germany, Poland, Sweden, France, Spain, Australia and the Netherlands.

Useful links

International Game Developers Association
The Professional Association for Game Design
Gamasutra (The business of making games)

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