HOFT Game Lab

The Game Design & Development Lab

The HOFT Game Design and Development Lab works with aspiring game programmers, designers and artists to turn their rough skills into a polished portfolio, bringing them into the professional marketplace through real-world contracts with local studios and hands-on game design professional level projects. Led by a team of industry experts, this 8-month evening program is designed to turn students into working professionals.

A game career in just 8 months?  Get started at HOFT’s Game Design & Development Lab, based in Austin, Texas.


Collaborate on a game design project

Collaborate on shipping a title

This program gives you the experience of working in an AAA game studio, and as a result, the game lab structures its program around building a shipped title to add to your portfolio.

game developer team

Work as a team

Teamwork makes the dream work, right? You’ll work alongside the key disciplines in game-building to learn how to collaborate, focus efforts and drive success.  Game design development skills require essential soft skills which companies are looking for in new candidates.  Working on a team under the guidance of local experts allows you to build the people skills you will need to be successful in the industry.

game design portfolio

Take your portfolio to the next level

Having real titles in your portfolio can be the difference between getting a job and not. We’re here to give you and your credibility the boost it needs.  Portfolio development is key, so our program is hands-on and revolves around improving your game design and development portfolio.

game design teamwork

Meet industry leaders

Our instructors are seasoned game development and studio veterans. You’ll meet regularly with them as well as a rotation of other contributors from across the game industry in order to gain access to better game developer jobs.

A competitive program with powerful returns.