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Video Game DevelopmentC Sharp (C#) (Programming Language)Unity (User Interface)Game Design

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Suggested: 4 weeks, 2-5 hours/week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

From Game Player to Game Developer

17 videos (Total 86 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
17 videos
About MSU1m
Game Development Overview8m
Intro to Unity3D7m
Setting Up Your Workstation9m
Unity3D Editor Configuration4m
Unity3D Editor Walkthrough12m
Game Graphics Concepts - Part 1 of 34m
Game Graphics Concepts - Part 2 of 34m
Game Graphics Concepts - Part 3 of 32m
Creating Game Graphics2m
Game Audio Concepts4m
Creating Game Audio5m
The Asset Pipeline4m
End of Week 130s
7 readings
Additional Resources10m
Troubleshooting Tips10m
Download and Install Unity3D10m
Unity3D Editor Quick Reference10m
Additional Resources10m
Asset Creation Tools10m
Asset Acquisition Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Game Development Concepts10m
Game Engines and Unity Editor10m
Game Asset Concepts12m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Intro to Unity3D Development

12 videos (Total 101 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
12 videos
Setting up the scene9m
Adding Behaviors12m
Materials11m
Lighting9m
Audio7m
Cameras14m
Build & Deploy16m
Finishing Up4m
End of Week 229s
3 readings
Download Project Assets10m
Testing WebGL locally in a Browser10m
Additional Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Working in 3D Space12m
Materials, Audio, and Lights10m
Cameras, Building, and Deploying10m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Creating Games in Unity3D

17 videos (Total 127 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
17 videos
Camera Setup7m
Project Organization4m
Physics8m
Player Control and Appearance12m
Health and Damage6m
Pickups9m
UI Basics11m
Game Manager4m
Enemies7m
Particles and SFXs12m
Animation6m
Spawners11m
Finishing Up43s
End of Week 328s
4 readings
Downloading Project Assets10m
Using Game Controllers10m
Common Issue - Lighting seems broken when reloading or switching scenes in Unity Editor.10m
Additional Resources10m
4 practice exercises
Game Objects, Prefabs, and Standard Assets10m
Physics, Player Control, and Health & Damage10m
Pickups, UI, Game Manager, and Enemies10m
Particles, SFX, Animation, and Spawners10m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

Designing and Coding Gameplay Systems

21 videos (Total 144 min), 3 readings, 6 quizzes
21 videos
Getting Started2m
Movable Targets Part 19m
Movable Targets Part 211m
Movable Targets Part 33m
Player Setup9m
Camera Setup7m
Projectile Setup3m
Shooting Projectiles11m
UI Setup8m
Game Manager12m
Play Again7m
Particles and SFX5m
Target Prefab Setup6m
Spawner Setup6m
Animated Targets7m
Animator Setup12m
Finishing Up43s
End of Week 457s
3 readings
Unity3D Scripting Quick Reference10m
Downloading Project Assets10m
Additional Resources10m
5 practice exercises
Programming Concepts 110m
Programming Concepts 210m
Player, Camera, Projectiles, and Shooting10m
UI, Game Manager, Play Again, Particles, and SFX10m
Targets that Spawn and Animate10m
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Top reviews from Introduction to Game Development

By SGFeb 7th 2016

Very great course. The instruction is spot on, allowing me to listen while I work without the need to actually watch the video. Definitely worth it for novices and even intermediate level developers.

By MLJul 22nd 2019

Really great course! It was more challenging towards the end of it, but I enjoyed it and recommend it. I hope that my completing the course marked the start of my future as a game designer and maker.

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Brian Winn

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About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges....

About the Game Design and Development Specialization

Break into the video game industry with theoretical, technical, and business knowledge from one of the world’s best programs. This Specialization covers the theoretical and practical foundations of video game production using the Unity 3D game engine. The Specialization is taught by faculty at Michigan State University with over fifty years of combined experience building games and teaching game production. Michigan State University is one of the top-rated game design and development programs in North America. You’ll learn to develop a game concept; prototype, test, and iterate on your ideas; and navigate licensing, marketing, and other business considerations. The specialization builds a solid foundation for industry roles as a gameplay designer, level designer, technical designer, technical artist, programmer, or producer. The capstone partner for the specialization is the online game portal Kongregate, which provides an avenue for distribution of the capstone project, as well as a pathway for monetization for aspiring game developers....
Game Design and Development

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • The course was originally built with Unity 5.1.x. However, we recently updated lessons to Unity 5.4.x where there were notable differences between 5.1 and 5.4.

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