About this Course

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Approx. 17 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Marketing CommunicationsProduct DevelopmentPlanningNew Product DevelopmentEntrepreneurship

Learner Career Outcomes

30%

started a new career after completing these courses

33%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 17 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Show Me the Money!

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 75 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
The Business of Videogames6m
Funding Models - Part 16m
Funding Models - Part 28m
Where are Games Sold?12m
How do You Make Money?5m
IP - Intellectual Property4m
IP - Copyright11m
IP- Patents and Trade Secrets6m
IP - Protecting Yourself9m
4 readings
Welcome to the Dark Side...10m
The Game Industry and Making Money10m
The IP Conundrum...10m
Template for SWOT Analysis10m
3 practice exercises
Reflecting on Games and Money6m
The Game Industry and Money10m
Intellectual Property10m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Games are Made of People

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 65 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
It's About the People7m
Project Management Techniques6m
Complexity and Iteration6m
SCRUM4m
Project Management Tools6m
Leadership5m
Leadership Qualities6m
Leadership Style7m
Leadership Tasks5m
5 readings
A Game Production Primer10m
Project Management Tools and Techniques10m
SCRUM in 10 Minutes10m
The Foundations of Leadership10m
Production Schedule Template Documents10m
3 practice exercises
Teamwork Fundamentals Quiz10m
Project Management Quiz8m
Leadership Quiz8m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Pitching Your Game and Yourself

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 74 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Public Speaking - What Works?8m
Effective Visuals5m
How to Demo Your Game7m
Getting a Job...9m
Perfecting the Resume8m
Finding a Game Job9m
Interviewing8m
Interested People Are Interesting6m
5 readings
Some Notes on Your Personal or Game Pitch10m
Positioning Yourself10m
The Portfolio10m
Going Indy...10m
Pitching Yourself...10m
1 practice exercise
The Art of the Demo10m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Entrepreneurship and Starting a Company

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 47 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Entrepreneurship7m
Launching a Business6m
Business Structures8m
Business Planning7m
Client Communication7m
Physical Communication6m
4 readings
Your Friends are NOT a Company10m
Launching a Business10m
Work for Hire and Clients10m
Competitive Analysis Templates and Discussion10m
2 practice exercises
Launching a Business Quiz8m
Work for Hire Communication Quiz6m

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

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