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Approx. 16 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Video Game DevelopmentC Sharp (C#) (Programming Language)Video Game DesignGame Design

Learner Career Outcomes

86%

started a new career after completing these courses

86%

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. 16 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Michigan State University

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

What's in the Capstone?

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 10 min), 3 readings
2 videos
"Game Design Problem Solving Basics" by Scott Brodie, Founder and Lead Designer, Heart Shaped Games5m
3 readings
Capstone Overview10m
FAQ10m
Industry Guest Talks10m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Milestone 1: Your Game Idea

3 hours to complete
1 video (Total 10 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 readings
Getting Started10m
High Concept Document10m
Getting Better at Talking about Your Game10m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Milestone 2: Early Prototype, Blueprint, and Progress Report

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 9 min), 2 readings
2 readings
Early Prototyping10m
Blueprint (vs. Design Document)10m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Milestone 3: First Playable and Fun Test (aka, playtest)

2 hours to complete
1 video (Total 9 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz

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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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