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63%

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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Approx. 18 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

Getting Started with Game Design

5 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 64 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
9 videos
Meet Your Instructor4m
The Game Design Process7m
Imagining a Game5m
The Role of the Game Designer11m
Ideation: A Curious Mind9m
Ideation: Structured Brainstorming8m
Ideation: Another Activity...6m
Documentation - High Concept & Treatment7m
6 readings
Welcome!10m
Exploring the DPE and MDA Frameworks10m
A Game Idea is Just a Game Idea10m
Changing the Way You Look at the World10m
A Little Secret on Idea Generation10m
A High Concept Template10m
3 practice exercises
Trick Questions!30m
The Game Design Process30m
Quizzes are like lame little games...30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Fleshing Out a Game Design

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 61 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
6 videos
Game World Components10m
Storytelling in Games4m
Settings and Plot in Games8m
Characters in Games11m
Design Documentation - The Design Document18m
4 readings
World Building10m
Telling Stories with Games10m
Example Documentation10m
Template Documents10m
3 practice exercises
World Building Quiz30m
Story and Character Quiz30m
Design Documentation Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

From Idea to Implementation

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 61 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
8 videos
Mechanics & Dynamics7m
Level Design8m
Level Components9m
Tips for Level Designers11m
Game Balance - Part 13m
Game Balance - Part 29m
Mechanic Balance7m
4 readings
Mechanics, Dynamics & Aesthetics10m
Level Design vs. Gameplay Design10m
Balancing Your Game10m
Secrets of the Sages...10m
3 practice exercises
Gameplay Design Quiz30m
Level Design Quiz30m
Balance Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Making Designs Better

5 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 84 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
11 videos
Building a Prototype11m
User Experience - Introduction5m
UX - Input Systems10m
UIX - Output Systems8m
A Player Experience Activity4m
Testing - Who and When?6m
How to Playtest7m
Tips for Playtesting4m
Social Issues for Designers - Part 18m
Social Issues for Designers - Part 27m
4 readings
On Prototyping10m
User Experience & Design10m
Why Test?10m
Games and Society?!?10m
4 practice exercises
Prototyping Quiz30m
User Experience Quiz30m
A Quiz... On Testing... That Feels Weird30m
Social Issues in Games30m

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