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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Pixel Art for Video Games by Michigan State University

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About the Course

This course is aimed to give you the tools and knowledge you need to start creating simple art for video games made in the Unity game engine. Through the aesthetic of pixel art we will explore artistic principals like shape language, color theory, and composition as well as show you a step by step workflow for creating assets that you can use to make your own games. The course is broken into 4 main modules, props, environments, characters, and animation. Each of these courses will have a series of video lessons alternating between artistic and technical skills culminating in a peer-reviewed project based assignment. The last module will challenge you to take the knowledge learned in the previous 4 and use it to create your own pixel art asset pack. This course is aimed at art novices who are interested in creating art for their own games or contributing to game projects. If you are a game designer or programmer, you will find this course helps give you a glimpse into the world of game art. You will be able to better work with artists, or create your own prototype or final artwork. If you are an artist or visual designer who is interested in bringing your style to the world of video game development, this course will give you the workflow to properly interface with a game engine and help contextualize how your artistic sensibilities can enable gameplay. If you have ever wanted to start making art for video games but have no idea how to start, this course is the perfect for giving you a solid foundation while teaching you usable practical skills. Our goal is to give you a sense of the whole pipeline from creation to setting up in a game engine....

Top reviews


Nov 5, 2020

I really loved this course, I learned how to create pixel art (assets = characters, tiles and backgrounds), how to sketch a character before working on it and create animation.


Oct 15, 2020

If you're a beginner trying out pixel art for games for the first time, this would be a great place to start. It will help you get started and would help you in the long run.

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By Aida A

Nov 5, 2020


By Doaa M F R

Mar 3, 2020

The course is good for designers and difficult for begginers as you study 2 softwares at the same time. Inaddition, there are some tichnical info that are not mention in the videos you have to ssearch about or to be trained on it before.

Overall, the course is nice as a start.


By Gabriela A Q D

Dec 18, 2018

Cool course, though it needs a better explanation of map creation, and doesn't talk about the tilemaps ot worting layers, which are very important

By A. L F

Apr 29, 2020

I did learn a lot from this course after practicing and applying myself. It's clear a lot of practice is going to be required though. Thank you.

By hemanthsatyendra v

Aug 5, 2020

The Course was excellent. It can place you from a zero level to an Intermediate Level. It would be awesome if more content is there.

By TheoOg!

Jun 22, 2020

Awesome course. The learning curve is steep if you have never used unity or photoshop though - It slows down progress.

By San M G

Jul 15, 2019

It was really fun to make it. The last work was a little bit too much, but overall nice.

By J-Man

Apr 21, 2020

A solid course for learning pixel art with a heavy basis on use within Unity.


Jul 4, 2020

this course is perfect for the beginning of the desigment of a video game

By Arunabha T

Mar 30, 2020

great and fun course to do

By Janet M

Aug 3, 2020

Very challenging for a Beginner's class at times. Peer grading isn't the best and there could be more input from the Instructors. The arts foundation classes were very well taught and had great content, however the Unity part could use more content with clearer instructions.I learned many new skills in this class and I am inspired to continue creating pixel art

By Zoe M

Sep 19, 2022

While I learned a lot, this is not a course for beginners. You should have some background in Photoshop and Unity as the videos don't provide detailed enough explanations for a beginner. I had no experience in Unity and it caused me to decide to quit the course as I couldn't find enough help in the amount of time the coursework provided.

By DeVaughn W

Jan 27, 2022

I probably won't finish the course. I guess it's assumed that you have a firm grasp of Unity basics. The tile import module in week two breezed by too many Unity basics for me to understand.

By Iman A

Aug 13, 2020

The training was very good and useful, but it was very fast and superficial to go through the tips and tools and needed more guidance.

By Will Y

Aug 30, 2022

This course is okay, the main thing it does is give you an opportunity to practise but it is not clear now much value it adds.

By Emily C

Apr 22, 2022

Overall was fun from a creative aspect - I don't like that the grades are based on what your peers think. As someone who went to school for art and design, critiques from your classmates is of course beneficial and I loved the feedback, but it shouldn't be up to students what your grade results in.

By Isabel J L

May 31, 2021

es demasiado tecnico