Game Design and Development

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Video Game Development Video Game Design Unity (User Interface) Game Design C Sharp (C#) (Programming Language) Game Design Document Marketing Communications Product Development Planning New Product Development Entrepreneurship

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Taught by
Brian Winn
Associate Professor
and 1 more instructor

Offered by
Michigan State University

This specialization includes these 5 courses.

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1 posts • 79 mentions • top 12 shown below

r/gamedesign • post
45 points • Eclipse1agg
PSA: Want to learn Game Design but don't know where to start? There are tons of free online courses out there

I was a heavy online courses user back on its day when Coursera, EdX and Udacity launched. Recently I revisited those sites to see if there was any new courses I could be interested in.

One of the things that surprised me was the number of courses, or even whole specialties about game development and game design that are there. Some examples are

They are completely free and very easy to consume. If you are an aficionado and looking to get into game design, but don't know where to begin, these could be a nice starting point.

As a caveat, I can't vow for the quality of all of these courses. I checked out a couple of them and the quality differs quite a lot. Still, probably worth checking out.

r/Unity3D • post
1 points • Sarang_Khajuria
New specialization started in Coursera about game development using Unity 3D
r/cscareerquestions • comment
1 points • OtherwiseThing2

Dynamics is not useful for game development, but I wouldn't say it's a waste of time because you'd get a paycheck, and you'd have something to put on your resume.

For game development, you could start with It will probably take a bit of time to be good enough at that to get a job in it, and you probably don't want your resume to have a long stretch of unemployment.

r/gamedesign • comment
1 points • randomnine

Yes, it's reasonable. If you go for that CS major, study games in spare time and make games when you can, then you could graduate with a CS degree and a small portfolio of finished games. This could leave you in good standing for entry-level design and programming jobs, and the CS background will give you good career options later.

I do think the right game design course could help you learn faster. I think you'd benefit most from a course which mixes design and programming to get you started making your own games. For example, a syllabus like Michigan State University's online game development course looks good to me: it covers the basics of various design fields (systems, level design, UX, pitching...) and includes finishing a game or two.

If you can cover material like this during your first year of college or so, whether through a formal course or through self-study, you'll be set up to make your own games throughout college - letting you test out your design ideas and build your portfolio.

r/AskReddit • comment
3 points • Altruistic_Justice

Michigan State University offers a specialization in Game Design & Development online via Coursera:

Rochester Institute of Technology offers a Xseries program in Video Game Design via edX:

Not tried them but maybe one of them would be of interest to you :)

r/chile • comment
1 points • Narki

Si estuviera en tu posición aprovecharía que ya tienes contactos en la industria y tomaría algo como esto

o esto

Esta lleno de cursos de universidades o grandes empresas en estas paginas, el curso de sense no encontré quien lo da, pero sinceramente no le tengo mucha fe.

r/Unity3D • post
0 points • leper_mess1ah
Has anyone done the Coursera Game Development course?

If so, what are your thoughts? I was thinking of giving it a go.

r/UTGDDC • post
1 points • MigMigg
Game design/development Coursera courses

There are a couple sets of Coursera courses being offered by CalArts and Michigan State through Coursera. They are described here but you don't need to pay to sign up for them.

r/gamedev • comment
2 points • reddituser5k

Are you wanting to learn design or game programming?

For mobile games there are sites like deconstructor of fun and mobilefreetoplay which both have multiple articles about hypercasual games. also has a 3 part series of articles on hypercasual games. You could also just google "hypercasual games" and then you will get results from a variety of sites.

For game programming I can't really recommend anything since I have never used unreal and I don't use Unity or Godot which are the other 2 popular game engines. Earlier I was just looking a udemy course called Complete C# Unity Developer 2D - Learn to Code Making Games which I would probably buy if I ever wanted to learn Unity.

There are also some sites like coursera and edx which have courses on game design/dev. For example Game Design and Development Specialization is a 5 part specialization on Coursera.

Oh yeah.. I just remembered CS50, which is an extremely popular cs course by harvard, recently added CS50's Introduction to Game Development on edx. You can also just skim the youtube videos at this playlist link to see if its something you are interested in.

r/Unity2D • comment
1 points • strngr11

I found the University of Michigan classes on Coursera to be a pretty good place to start. You can audit the classes for free (start enrolling, but look for the audit button when it asks you to pay. Its kind of hidden-ish).

r/gamedev • post
0 points • AkulBIG
I would like some advice, as I enter the dangerous path of game development.

Hi my name is Luca and I have dropped out of an IT college degree in Spain, I grew tired of learning things and skill catered to a different industry than one i'm pursuing, the video games industry. I believe I have basic knowledge of how game development works ,what tools are used for it and what skills are needed. But I would like some guidance and advice on what things I should pursue.

I'm currently looking to enroll on a private college degree in ESNE Madrid which is well regarded with the Spanish devs which I have spoken with, but starts in september, I dont have a high enough grade to get into the only public game dev college course, so Im gonna have to pay for this one.

I'm working a low paying job at a computer store currently and find myself with free hours every day 10 at least, so im looking to start on online course that would give me some basis, seemed like a safe bet for quality courses, but before putting any money into it id like to know some opinions.

This course by calarts is my first choice, but this one by michigan state looks good too. Any other not too expensive not too long courses you might know about ill take a look!

Ive played around with unity, Unreal, blender and z-brush but never got anything tangible out of my time with them. I started to learn Java and C in college but didnt finish the basics. The area in which im most interested is 3D art, animation, sculpting and modelling.

I really appreciate you taking the time to give any tips!

r/tabletopgamedesign • post
1 points • JohnWickin2020
EdX , Coursera and Udemy for game design

Most assume any college level game design courses are for video games, but there are a number that apply to both tabletop and video game design

EdX hosts the MIT course on game design (doesn't look like they've had a session in awhile though)



Michigan State University has a game design specialization

CalArts has an intro to game design


Lewis Pulsipher has a bunch of course, he's been around the industry for decades