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College of Extended Learning

Professional Game Design

Photo: 2 people working on a video game

CCOM 9105
In co-sponsorship with Centre for Enhance Teaching & Learning (CETL)

Have you ever wanted to improve the video games you play? Here's your chance to give game design a try and learn directly from an industry professional about how this is done at studios like EA and Activision.

During this intensive 1-day crash course in video game design, you'll gain first-hand experience of the challenges faced by a junior game designer at a game studio. You'll learn about game design fundamentals and how they apply to make games fun and engaging. Then you'll get your hands dirty by employing an industry standard design process to design and build your very own game.

At the end of the day, you can take your game home (for PC or Mac) and keep perfecting it with the free software provided. See how people love to play the game you made! See the course outline for more details.

Note: Open to anyone 14 years of age and older.

Materials

This workshop is held in a computer lab, but you are welcome to bring your laptop (fully charged) and an extension cord. Also please download this free Gamemaker software before the class.

Course details

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 (1 class)
Saturday, March 30, 2019 (1 class)
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Lunch not included)
Location: UNB Fredericton campus (campus map)
10 MacKay Drive, Marshall d'Avary Hall, Room 131
Course fee: $85 (+ HST)
Instructor: Jeff Mundee

Register for Oct. 27, 2018
Register for March 30, 2019

Course outline

  • How to make games more fun - ten simple things
  • How to lead a player through an environment
  • How to present decisions in games
  • How to create tension
  • How to motivate players
  • How to place sprites and tell them how to behave
  • How to give the player controls and abilities
  • How to create levels for players to finish
  • How to create start, finish, and game over structure efficiently
  • How to deal with problems that arise during the development phase

About the instructor

Jeff Mundee has worked in the video game industry for over 10 years. He began in Vancouver with Factory1 Games, learning the ropes of game design and environment modeling as an intern. He then worked with Electronic Arts for three years as a motion capture specialist and was involved in the production of animation for most EA games released from 2006-2009. The most notable games where: Fight Night Round 3, FIFA, Dragon Age, Skate, Dead Space, and Need For Speed.

Jeff then became a mission designer at Activision, where he worked on Sleeping Dogs, later published by Square Enix. For five years, he taught many game design courses at the Art Institute of Vancouver. This involved mentoring hundreds of students in various disciplines, many of whom are now professionals in the industry themselves. While teaching, he worked on several independent projects including Red Rolling Hood with Holy Mountain Games. He most recently has been working on independent titles with Fuflespoot games, and continues to teach several game design courses for UNB's MAAC program.

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