Video game design and development is challenging, but the rewards are worth it. With this unparalleled comprehensive training program, you’ll master skills that open doors to the growing video game industry. By the end of the program, you will have designed and created your own video game for the PC and will stand ready to join a team working on projects with larger scope or pursue independent development.
Using a comprehensive and analytical approach to game development, this program offers you the opportunity to learn how to effectively implement technical game ideas, assuming no prior training or experience. The curriculum is divided into four major areas of study: programming languages, mathematics skills, game asset creation, and modern real-time game engines. It will conclude with an independent study phase where you will design, document, and create your own game using all of the programming and game art skills you learned in the core classes. This program is entirely online and is completed at your own pace.
C++ PROGRAMMING FOR GAME DEVELOPERS I
Learn the fundamentals of creating a C++ program. You’ll understand console input and output, arithmetic operators, functions, and more.
C++ PROGRAMMING FOR GAME DEVELOPERS II
Discover template classes and functions, how to handle errors, number systems, data representations, and bit operations.
Move on to learning game mathematics, including algebra, set theory, polynomials, trigonometry, and more.
GENERAL GAME MODELING
Learn about interface and rendering modes. Find out everything you need to know about primitives, meshes, and mesh editing.
Understand pivots and manipulators, the 3D cursor, object joins, separation, and duplications. You’ll also learn about polygon structure and count, and how to model with bevel, extrude, and multi-resolution.
UNREAL ENGINE FOUNDATION
Create projects and understand the user interface. Learn about viewport navigation, as well as how to view modes and show flags. Discover how to place objects in a level, as well as how to manage content and lighting.
I. C++ Programming for Game Developers I
A. How to Create a C++ Program, Console Input and Output, Variable, and Arithmetic Operators
B. Logical Operators, Controlling Program Flow, Repetition, and Arrays
D. References and Pointers
E. Classes and Object-oriented Programming Design
G. Operator Overloading
H. File Input and Output
I. Inheritance and Polymorphism
II. C++ Programming for Game Developers II
A. Template Classes and Template Functions
B. Error Handling
C. Number Systems, Data Representations, and Bit Operations
D. The Standard Template Library
E. Introduction to Windows Programming
F. Menus and Drawing with GDI
G. Dialog Boxes
H. Timing, Animation, and Sprites
I. Designing and Implementing a 2D Game
III. Game Mathematics
A. Real Numbers
C. Set Theory and Functions
F. Vector Mathematics
G. Matrix Mathematics
H. Quaternion Algebra
I. Linear Transformations
J. Analytic Geometry
IV. General Game Modeling and Texturing
A. Interface and Rendering Modes
B. Primitives, Meshes, and Mesh Editing
C. Pivots and Manipulators
D. The 3D Cursor
E. Object Join, Separate, Duplication
F. Polygon Structure and Count
G. Modeling with Bevel, Extrude, Multiresolution Modifiers
H. Spin Tool and Splines
I. Image Planes
J. Texture Maps and UV Unwrapping
K. Creating and Saving Scenes
V. Unreal Engine Foundation
A. Creating Projects and Understanding the User Interface
B. Viewport Navigation
C. View Modes and Show Flags
D. Placing Objects in a Level
E. The Content Browser
F. Material Creation
G. Basic Scene Lighting
H. Introduction to Blueprints
Prerequisites / Requirements
To enroll in this program, you need to have a reasonable familiarity with computers and a background in high school-level mathematics is strongly recommended. No prior game or graphics programming experience are necessary. The Video Game Design and Development program is for you if you seek a professional career as a game developer. It’s also well-suited for enthusiastic amateurs and gamers looking to explore this exciting field as a recreational endeavor.
- This course must be taken on a PC. A Mac is not compatible.
Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment.
CAN I REGISTER FOR A COURSE IF I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT?
Yes, ed2go courses are online, so you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you’ll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MY COURSE WITHIN THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE COURSE?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We do not offer direct job placement services, but our instructors and career counselors will help you build your resume and advise you on starting your career. Instructors can also be used as a professional reference upon course completion. However, you should always research the job market in your area before registering.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?
You may be assigned with a facilitator or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE?
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 598-3856. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Please note: Once the course curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
WHAT PLATFORMS WILL WE STUDY?
Most modules in this program are designed for PC development on the Windows platform. However, the techniques that you learn in our program can often be non-platform specific. In cases that are platform-specific, source code can often be ported to other computer development platforms (such as Macintosh and Linux) with varying degrees of effort. Consoles, such as Xbox One and PS4 utilize closed-development libraries, and they’re not compatible with this program. However, most of the general game-engine development techniques you’ll learn are certainly compatible with all major consoles, regardless of the differences between APIs.