So, You Want to Make a Video Game?


Course description

Feeling creative? How about making a video game? Video games are a convergence of so many creative components: art, music, environmental design, character development, animation, narrative, and yes, even code. Making a video game can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. Join our two experienced and passionate instructors who will guide you through the art and science of making your very first game.

This course in game design is intended for people interested in 3D graphics or programming as a hobby, and those who would like to go from playing games to actually making them. Previous programming experience is not required, but you should know your way around a PC or Mac.

Homework will not be assigned, but we hope that you practice at home. Module topics include: the Unity user interface and basic Unity concepts, creating an environment (level), an introduction to scripting, an in-depth look at game objects, the user interface, particle systems, animation, non-player characters, navigation, AI pathfinding, and performance optimization and deployment.

Participants will work independently and we will have stretch goals for those interested in more in-depth instruction. Oh, and be prepared to have fun.

Software and Hardware Requirements

Students must bring their own laptop (PC or Mac) and power cable.

Students should download the following software to their laptops prior to the first class:

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