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Skills you will gain

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

Learner Career Outcomes

47%

started a new career after completing these courses

45%

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. 13 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

3 hours to complete

Starting the Project

3 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 89 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
16 videos
Brief History of Game Platforms1m
Modern Game Platforms1m
Project Overview2m
Getting Started7m
Creating Tree Sprite6m
Creating Ground Tiles5m
Creating Platforms4m
Setting up the Player11m
Tags3m
Layers4m
Sorting Layers4m
Player Animations11m
Player Animator Controller9m
Character Controller5m
Using Game Controllers5m
6 readings
History of Video Games10m
Download and Install (the latest) Unity3D10m
Troubleshooting Tips10m
Downloading Project Assets10m
Solutions to Sparty not moving10m
Game Controller Details10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz28m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Getting the Game Playable

3 hours to complete
18 videos (Total 134 min)
18 videos
Moving Platforms9m
Project Organization4m
Camera Follow3m
Character Controller Code Part 19m
Character Controller Code Part 212m
Adding Double Jump8m
Death Zone5m
Coins7m
Victory7m
Particle Effects13m
Enemy Setup7m
Enemy Animation7m
Attacking and Stunning Enemy6m
Moving Enemy5m
Enemy Code Part 16m
Enemy Code Part 26m
Player Bounce on Enemy Stun4m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz20m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Building Out the Game

2 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 96 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
13 videos
Parallax Scrolling Part 26m
Image Effects4m
User Interface Setup9m
Hiding UI in the Scene View4m
Game Manager8m
Player Prefs6m
Game Manager Code8m
Custom Editor Tools10m
Out-of-Game Scenes7m
The Main Menu6m
Cross Platform Menu Controller Support3m
Supporting Mobile Cross Platform Input11m
1 reading
Course Project Goals10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz20m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Preparing to Ship!

5 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 59 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Building for WebGL4m
Building for PC and Mac8m
Building for iOS12m
Building for Android6m
Taking Screenshots11m
Creating a Game Web Page6m
Finishing Up51s
End of Course46s
10 readings
Game Polish (aka, Game Feel and Juice)10m
Integrating Analytics10m
Monetization10m
Playtesting and Balancing10m
Optimization10m
Building for iOS and Android Resources10m
Creating a Game Trailer10m
Game Web Page Resources10m
Distribution Channel Resources10m
Additional Resources10m

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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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  • 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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