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.
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Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Game Design and Development Specialization?
Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in about 6 months.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule, with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Prior experience with computer programming and interaction design is a plus, but by no means expected.
Do I have to take the courses in this Specialization in a specific order?
We recommend taking the 'Intro to Game Development' course first. However, 'Intro to Game Development', 'Principles of Game Design', and 'Business of Games and Entrepreneurship' can be taken in any order. 'Game Development for Modern Platforms' assumes you have the knowledge from the 'Intro to Game Development' course. That is 'Intro to Game Development' is a prerequisite for 'Game Development for Modern Platforms'.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Game Design and Development Specialization?
Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
What will I be qualified to do upon completing the Game Design and Development Specialization?
You will have a solid foundation to work toward an industry role as a gameplay designer, level designer, technical designer, technical artist, programmer, or video game producer. You will understand the video game industry, and you will be able to work effectively as part of a team to pitch a game concept, develop a prototype, and test and iterate to produce a polished final product.
What software will I need to complete the assignments?
The Specialization will utilize the popular Unity 3D game engine, which is available for free.
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