Frequently asked questions

When does the class meet?

First two months: Monday, Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 PM
Next six months: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6:30-9:30 PM


What is the minimum age to enroll?

Students need to be 18 by the time the cohort begins.  We want our graduates to be ready to start working the day the leave our program.

How are classes structured?

Classes are broken into lecture and lab time. Lecture time will familiarize students with important concepts across all tracks, while lab time will allow students to focus on their track specialization (programming, art, or design). During the second part of the course, much emphasis will be placed on creating content for in-production video games and working closely with teacher and industry mentors.

How large will the class size be?

Each cohort, the class size will no larger than 24 students total.

You say we will ship a game? Is that true?

Game Design and Development Lab will be partnering with local industry projects to ensure students will work on a commercial product designed to ship via Steam or the App Store. During the program, students will work closely with members of these contracting company to evaluate their work and assess their progress. The exact date of when the product ships is outside of our control, but all student work will be held to industry standards, and students will have an opportunity at the end of the program to show their resume and portfolio to multiple outside developers.

How much is tuition?

Total tuition for the 8-month course is $12,000 and easy-to-access financing is provided by our partners at Skills Fund for students who qualify.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes! HOFT Institute has partnered with Skills Fund to remove any barriers to enrolling in our program. For Game Design and Development students who qualify, Skills Fund will finance your tuition with clear-cut, low-rate three- and five-year loan terms designed to propel you forward. To move forward on financing, please visit


  • One low, universal rate for all approved students.

  • Know your interest rate, monthly repayment and all financing-related costs before applying.

  • No income, employment or educational criteria used in underwriting.

  • Less than 10 minutes to complete the online application. Receive a credit decision within minutes.

  • No prepayment penalties and cosigner options are available, if needed.