Video Game Design and Development

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Video Game Design and Development

University of Houston School of Continuing & Professional Studies
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The Video Game Design and Development Online Training Program is the place to start if you’re seeking a professional career as a video game designer and developer. This program is also well-suited for enthusiastic amateurs and gamers looking to explore this exciting field as a recreational endeavor.

The textbook is included. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

"The best part of this program was the audio in the lessons. Normally, I learn best by assisted reading. Since I did not have an instructor the audio threw in a lot of what was not found (personal experience) elsewhere. The thing that mo…

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The Video Game Design and Development Online Training Program is the place to start if you’re seeking a professional career as a video game designer and developer. This program is also well-suited for enthusiastic amateurs and gamers looking to explore this exciting field as a recreational endeavor.

The textbook is included. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

"The best part of this program was the audio in the lessons. Normally, I learn best by assisted reading. Since I did not have an instructor the audio threw in a lot of what was not found (personal experience) elsewhere. The thing that most kept me going on the first graphics module was the accent of the Geico Gecko -- he really kept me interested! He also demonstrated direct knowledge and testing of the material he talked about --- awesome."- G.I., Excelsior College

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. Using a comprehensive and analytical approach to game engine architectures, this program offers you the opportunity to learn how to effectively implement game ideas. The curriculum is divided into eight modules covering five major areas of study: programming languages, mathematics skills, 3D graphics pipeline programming, real-time game engine architectures, and artificial intelligence algorithms. Developing and managing the complex environments for games and related visualization applications is a challenging task, but with the right training and professional guidance, the challenge becomes much less daunting. Upon registering, you are given an initial thirty-two weeks to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the thirty-two weeks, an extension of thirty-two weeks is available with a fee of $300.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll: Understand the core programming language skills necessary for game development Have a sufficient level of proficiency in the areas of mathematics common to almost all game projects Gain a thorough understanding of the main concepts involved in real-time 3D graphics programming

Outline:

C++ Programming for Game Developers I How to Create a C++ Program, Console Input and Output, Variable, and Arithmetic Operators Logical Operators, Controlling Program Flow, Repetition, and Arrays Functions References and Pointers Classes and Object-oriented Programming Design Strings Operator Overloading File Input and Output Inheritance and Polymorphism C++ Programming for Game Developers II Template Classes and Template Functions Error Handling Number Systems, Data Representations, and Bit Operations The Standard Template Library Introduction to Windows Programming Menus and Drawing With GDI Dialog Boxes Timing, Animation, and Sprites Designing and Implementing a 2D Game Math Primer Real Numbers Algebra Analytic Geometry Triangles Graphics Programming With DirectX 9 I 3D Mathematics The Transformation and Lighting Pipeline Initializing Direct3D Vertex and Index Buffers Single and MultiTexture Effects Camera Management Systems Compressed Textures Texturing and the Texture Blending Cascade Alpha Blending Loading GILES Scenes Game Mathematics Set Theory and Functions Polynomials Trigonometry Vector Mathematics Matrix Mathematics Quaternion Algebra Linear Transformations Analytic Geometry Graphics Programming With DirectX 9 II The D3DX Mesh Containers Progressive Meshes Scene Hierarchies Keyframe Animation Indexed and Non-indexed Vertex Blending Software and Hardware Skinning Techniques Skeletal Animation Tree Animation and Rendering X Files Motion Blending Collision Detection and Response Quadtrees, Octrees, and kD-Trees Binary Space Partitioning (BSP) Trees and Potential Visibility Sets (PVS) Artificial Intelligence for Game Developers Decision Making Grid Traversal and Search Algorithms Path finding with A* Flocking Behaviors Finite State Machines Scripting Squad Level AI Waypoint Networks AI Engine Integration

Prerequisites:

To enroll in this program, you need to have a reasonable familiarity with computers and a background in high school-level mathematics. 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.

Materials:

ed2go will provide the required textbook, Physics for Game Developers. This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. Prior to enrolling in this program, please ensure that your computer meets the following hardware and software requirements: Hardware Requirements: Processor: Pentium III+/AMD Athlon (750MHz or greater) System Memory: 256 MB+ Video: 3D Hardware Accelerator w/ 128MB+ on-board memory (DirectX 9.0/OpenGL compliant) Disk: 1 GB+ uncompressed Sound: DirectSound compliant sound card Software Requirements: Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 or higher (.NET recommended, Download: http://www.microsoft.com/express/vc/) Microsoft DirectX 9.0c Software Development Kit (Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.asp)

FAQ

1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student? Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration. 2. How long does it take to complete a program? All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you are given an initial thirty-two weeks to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the thirty-two weeks, an extension of thirty-two weeks is available with a fee of $300. 3. Do I have to buy additional materials? All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment. 4. What happens when I complete the program? Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. 5. Am I guaranteed a job? ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering. 6. Who will be my instructor? Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator 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. 7. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements? In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer. 8. Can I use a Mac? No, you must access this program with a PC or IBM-compatible computer. 9. How can I get more information about the program? If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button below). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Ask a question" button below. You may also call us at 1-877-221-5151. We will answer your questions promptly. 10. When can I start the program? Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready. 11. How many hours per week should I spend studying? As a general rule, we suggest allocating an average of 20 hours per week. However, this will vary from individual to individual. If you’re just getting started and have little to no experience, certainly try to put in as much time as you can and try to maintain a consistent schedule. Ultimately each student will find a pace that is comfortable for them. 12. 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 Nintendo Gamecube and Sony Playstation, utilize closed-development libraries, and they’re not compatible with this program from a pure rendering perspective. 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. 13. Where can I get the latest version of DirectX? Is it free? Both the DirectX end-user runtimes and the software development kit are free. You can download the latest versions of them both from Microsoft's DirectX Developer Center.

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