Course Description

Worldwide video game sales, including consoles, online, and mobile games, is projected to reach $111 billion this year. Mobile games are the fastest-growing market segment. By 2019, Price Warehouse predicts social and casual game sales will exceed traditional game sales. In this course you will learn the basics of video game design process, the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games.

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Course Outline

Unit 1

A brief history of Video Game Development

- Arcades & Consoles

- From PCs to Multiplayer

- Play a Game -Game Analysis

- Game Maker Introduction


Unit 2

Player Motivation

- Geographics, demographics, and psychographics

- Who Plays

- Why We Play

- Game Maker Making Art: About Sprites, Objects, Rooms


Unit 3

Platforms, Genres and Story Elements

- Game Application: The Audience

- Platforms & Player Modes

- Story Elements: Premise, Backstory, Synopsis, Theme, & Setting

- Character Archetypes & Character Development

- Game Maker: Programming Events & Actions


Unit 4

The Production Process

- Documentation: The Game Design Doc

- Creating the Team

- Production Phases

- Marketing

- Game Maker: Your First Game

About Your Instructor

Jean Haefner holds degrees in Graphic Design and Photography, and a MFA in Web Designand Interactive Media; MS Haefner has taught in these areas, and worked professionally as a Content Artist, Web Designer, and Online Course Developer for over 20 years. More recently, she helped to develop the award winning interdisciplinary Game Design and Development program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and provided instruction in art and design for games there. She currently works at UW-Madison.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
1.Analyze popular games from common genres, and develop an independent analysis of a specific game.
2.Demonstrate a basic knowledge of a game design document for games.
3.Advance an effective understanding of the various segments of the game development industry.


Course Objectives

The course objectives are to enable the participant to:

1.Demonstrate a basic understanding of game design

2.Acquire simple game programming ability

3.Exhibit basic knowledge of visual art production processes

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Section Title
Intermediate Video Game Design
Online/Internet Based
Oct 07, 2024 to Nov 01, 2024
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $245.00 Click here to get more information
Section Notes

For further information on this course, please contact dlanpher@harpercollege.edu.

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