Are you a gamer? Do you enjoy playing video games or coding? Does the idea of creating and designing your own virtual world excite you? If so, this is the course for you! Tap into your creative and technical skills as you learn about the many aspects involved with designing video games. You will learn about video game software and hardware, various gaming platforms, necessary technical skills, troubleshooting and internet safety techniques, and even the history of gaming. And to top it all off, you’ll even have the opportunity to create your very own plan for a 2D video game! Turn your hobby into a potential career and go from simply being a player in a virtual world to actually creating one!

Course Details

You will need to have access to a computer with the following: a slide show program; a word processing program; graphics editing software; Unity LTS Release 2017.4.0f1; and a printer if you choose to complete activities by hand. OS requirement: Windows 7 SP1+, 8, 10, 64-bit versions only; Mac OS X 10.9+. Server versions of Windows and OS X are not tested. GPU requirement: Graphics card with DX10 (Shader Model 4.0) capabilities. You will also need access to digital photo and video devices, as well as basic art supplies and a timer. See course syllabus for more details.
Course Outline
Unit 1: From Tut to Mario
Unit 2: What's in a Game
Unit 3: Game Pieces
Unit 4: Let's Talk Shop About Game Mechanics!
Unit 5: Developing a Game Design Document
Unit 6: Narratology: Storytelling in Games
Unit 7: The Business of Video Game Design
Unit 8: Let's Make a Game!