About this Specialization

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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.
Learner Career Outcomes
86%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
12%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

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100% online courses

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
86%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
12%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Introduction to Game Development

4.8
stars
3,616 ratings
1,085 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Principles of Game Design

4.4
stars
1,223 ratings
316 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Business of Games and Entrepreneurship

4.4
stars
739 ratings
143 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Game Development for Modern Platforms

4.8
stars
710 ratings
147 reviews

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in about 6 months.

  • 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.

  • Prior experience with computer programming and interaction design is a plus, but by no means expected.

  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Specialization will utilize the popular Unity 3D game engine, which is available for free.

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