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Game Design Courses

Game Testing + Level Design

Course No. GAME 318  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Harrison Walsh

Game Testing and Level Design will be covered as player elements, the game play experience, creating world levels, creating the game interface and creating the atmosphere. In addition, students will learn how to create Game Content for commercial game engines and learn how to set up origination skills for commercial game engines. Students will learn how to create texturing mapping, brushes, light maps etc. Offered fall.

Introduction to 3D Modeling

Course No. GAME 345  Credits: 3.0

The course is designed to cover concepts in digital 3D organic and device model construction, whereby the virtual models designed are rendered and composited for 2D illustration purposes to solve specific conceptual problems. The subject matter within the Game Design curriculum reflects the development of characters, game environments and specific assets for game development. Students outside the Game Design Major, are required to work with subjects appropriate to their major field of study for concept development and for long-term portfolio objectives. Projects include concepts and workflow for constructing a virtual 3D surface by: (1) defining the visual problem within a concept sketch in pre-production, (2) utilizing specific introductory modeling methods to build the 3D illustration components, (3) the use of basic lighting and rendered materials, (4) export methods into Adobe Photoshop for augmentation, finishing and final illustration techniques and layout. Projects require the student to gain and improve upon conceptual skills, problem-solving in specific media situations (digital 2D + 3D) and technical proficiency at an introductory level in 3D modeling.

Introduction to Game Design

Course No. GAME 215  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jared Bendis

Introduction to Game Design take students on an exploration of Gaming Theory and its practice through the development of physical games. Investigation includes game metaphor, story, game mechanics, and chance factors. Students will also analyze games and gameplay including the aesthetics of games and the design of their instructions. In this project based course students will produce fully implemented board games and card games. Offered fall.

Introduction to Game Development

Course No. GAME 322  Credits: 3.0

The course is designed to teach students about the various elements of game development. Students will work to utilize modern tools to develop 2D/3D graphical assets into an interactive game engine through the use of programming. A focus will be applied to skill learning while additional topics and theory will be covered to provide a well-rounded experience.

Introduction to Video Games

Course No. GAME 216  Credits: 3.0

Game design allows artists to create meaningful play and interactive experiences. This introductory course, explores games through the development and creation of 2D video games. The course aims to provide a critical vocabulary and historical context for analyzing games and gaming theory and focuses on the skills and techniques necessary to incorporate game design into an ongoing art practice. Offered spring.

Serious Game Design: Theory + Applications

Course No. GAME 408  Credits: 3.0

This course introduces the fundamentals of serious or educational game development. The course materials and projects will help students understand how and why games can be used for learning in the fields of health, medicine, science and games for social change. The course exposes students to examples of the current work and research in game design mechanics, game learning mechanics and assessment mechanics; which are integral to development of successful educational games. Students will be exposed to industry-specific serious games (games for learning, corporate training, news games, games for health, science, exer-games, military games, and games for social change.) These examples along with specific lecture topics and materials, will allow the student to understand how to develop their own serious game projects by learning specific research methods for understanding content, players and engagement strategies.

Sound Design Fundamentals

Course No. IME 211  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Sarah Paul

This course will focus on the fundamentals of sound design and foley which relate to the film, television, animation, video games and the entertainment industry. Students will learn how to record, edit, and mix sounds while learning how to use microphones, software, and the recording studio. In this course, we will record and edit sound effects, voiceover work and music to be used in projects that support or enhance moving images. Required of Game Design majors and Photography majors in the Video track. Open elective.

Special VFX/Simulation + Virtual Reality

Course No. GAME 430  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jared Bendis

This course explores various aspects of special effects/simulation and virtual reality in game design and multimedia. The course aims to provide a critical vocabulary and historical context of the cutting edge of input and output technologies and their application as well as the underlying biology and psychology. Students will learn how to create robust and immersive experiences by combining the elements of graphics, animation, video, and audio using leading industry software. Students will complete various assignments and create projects that demonstrate their understanding of Special VFX, Simulation + Virtual Reality. Offered fall.

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