The first step in becoming a game designer is to acquire a certificate and degree in subjects related to game design to gain knowledge and credibility as a game designer, according to Tim Crosby for HowStuffWorks. Game designer positions require experience, which is obtained in internship, apprenticeship or freelance positions.
Candidates for positions in game design can show employers their knowledge and dedication by acquiring degrees such as computer programming, computer engineering, software development and computer graphics, claims Crosby. Acquiring a job in the field with only a degree or certificate may prove to be difficult. Entry-level positions may be necessary to gain the experience in becoming a game designer, such as internships or apprenticeships at video game companies. Video game testing jobs or freelance game design are also options for potential entry-level work.
Video game designers are a part of the larger game industry, notes career planning expert Dawn Rosenberg McKay for About.com. Game designers must learn how to read and write code accurately to be considered for positions. Video game companies generally look for a candidate with an organized portfolio of past work along with a resume that shows education, degrees and certificates. Junior designer positions may be the ideal route for aspiring video game designers because most companies promote from within. Game designers usually work with a development team of graphic artists, computer programmers and audio engineers.