Online course in Creative Arts & Media

Video Game Design and Development: Introduction to Game Programming

The course provides an introduction to the major concepts that underlie the programming of video games.

Video Game Design and Development: Introduction to Game Programming

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Learn the basics of game programming to better understand how they are designed.

The course provides an introduction to the major concepts of game programming. This includes user input, rendering and collision detection. The course will also take a detailed look at core programming concepts such as loops, conditional statements and data storage.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • Game Loop
  • User input
  • Rendering
  • Delta Time
  • Sprites
  • Animation
  • Forces
  • Collision detection
  • Tile Map Rendering

Week 2

  • For loop
  • While loop
  • Conditional statements
  • Data storage
  • Functions
  • Passing parameters
  • Classes
  • Object orientation
  • Week 2 Assessment
  • Course Summary
  • Careers in the Games Industry
  • Further Study in Games at Abertay University

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 23 Sep 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the major concepts of game programming
  • Explain how programming concepts are applied to games
  • Evaluate different uses of programming concepts in games
  • Discuss the main ideas of the course and share your insights with others

Who is the course for?

Those with a general interest in programming and/or game programming who may be interested in further study in this area. Some prior programming knowledge would be useful but not required. Some mathematical understanding is required to understand programming structures.

What software or tools do you need?

No specific hardware, software or resources required.

Who will you learn with?

Paul Robertson

Paul Robertson

I am a lecturer in Games Programming at Abertay University. My teaching focuses on the fundamentals of games programming and graphics programming.
On Twitter @dr_beep_boop

Who developed the course?

Abertay is a global leader in computer games education.

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