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Skills you will gain

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

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    Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

    Flexible deadlines

    Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

    Approx. 12 hours to complete

    Suggested: 2 hours/week...

    English

    Subtitles: English

    Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

    Week
    1
    1 hour to complete

    What's in the Capstone?

    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
    3 hours to complete

    Milestone 1: Your Game Idea

    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
    1 hour to complete

    Milestone 2: Early Prototype, Blueprint, and Progress Report

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

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

    1 video (Total 9 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
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    Top reviews from Game Design and Development Capstone

    By JTOct 4th 2016

    Really enjoyed this Capstone! It was a nice challenge, and it really pushed me to create a game out of my own imagination! It was definitely a great experience that I enjoyed journeying through!

    By JNJun 19th 2016

    Going through this whole Specialization has been a great journey. Thanks to this final project we were able to use everything we learned.

    Instructors

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    Brian Winn

    Associate Professor
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    Casey O'Donnell

    Associate Professor
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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

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    • 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.

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