Learners will build four complete Unity3D game projects by applying knowledge and skills including: using the Unity3D editor to develop a game, understanding the game asset pipeline, designing effective game levels, C# programming, and building and deploying games. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll build an original market-ready game while interacting with a supportive community of designers and developers.
Game Design and Development Specialization
Build a Game Using Unity 3D. Design and create your own game, and bring it to market, in five hands-on courses.
About This 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.
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- Intermediate Specialization.
- Some related experience required.
Introduction to Game DevelopmentUpcoming session: Apr 30
- 4 weeks, 2-5 hours/week
About the CourseIf you love games and want to learn how to make them, then this course will start you down that path. Making games is a creative and technical art form. In this course you will familiarize yourself with the tools and practices of game development. You
Principles of Game DesignUpcoming session: Apr 30
About the CourseYou have a great idea for a game. Turning that idea into a reality isn't just about knowing the tools. In this course you will practice moving from game concept through design documentation, prototyping and testing. Numerous elements go into the
Business of Games and EntrepreneurshipCurrent session: Apr 23
About the CourseAs well as a form of art and entertainment, games are about business. Whether you want to work at a game studio, start your own business or make games as a hobby, recognizing the dynamic landscape of the videogame industry is critical to finding your pla
Game Development for Modern PlatformsCurrent session: Apr 23
About the CourseThe device or "platform" that a game is developed for and played on has a massive impact on the game development process. In this hands-on course you will explore how to develop a game for a variety of modern platforms, including Web, Windows, Mac OS
Game Design and Development CapstoneUpcoming session: May 21
About the Capstone ProjectIn the game design and development capstone, you will create an original game from initial concept through implementation and then launch it to the world! Along the way, you will have the opportunity to put your game ideas in front of your peers and
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