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Video Game Design

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Video Game Design

Video games are on our phones, computers, and gaming systems and are played by both kids and adults all over the world. The gaming industry is growing, which means there is generally a larger interest in video game careers.

Stratford's home study program allows students to learn more about what is involved in a career in video game design. Our comprehensive curriculum focuses on fundamental concepts for the beginner designer.

Start Your Video Game Career
• Choosing a Career
• Salary
• Formal Education versus Learning on Your Own
• Applying for Jobs and Internships
• Writing Your Resume and Building Your Portfolio
• Interviewing for Jobs
• Career Networking
• Alternative Work Situations Succeeding at Your Job

Evolution of Video Games
• History of Video Games
• Pong
• Space Invaders
• Pac-Man
• Zork
• Donkey Kong
• ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
• Super Mario Brothers
• The Legend of Zelda
• John Madden Football
• Tetris
• Sonic the Hedgehog
• Street Fighter II
• Mortal Kombat
• Super Mario Kart
• Myst
• Doom
• Tomb Raider
• Gran Turismo
• Final Fantasy VII
• Half-Life
• Dance Dance Revolution
• Pokιmon Yellow
• The Sims
• Grand Theft Auto III
• World of Warcraft
• Halo 2
• Guitar Hero
• Wii Sports
• Portal
• Little Big Planet
• Farmville
• Angry Birds
• Minecraft
• Uncharted 2
• League of Legends
• Skylanders
• The Walking Dead
• Overwatch
• The Future of Gaming

Video Game Design Principles and Practices
• World Building
• Field of Play and Objectives of Play
• Video Game Analysis
• First Order Optimal Strategies
• Player Motivation
• Pacing, Arc, Scene and Action
• Preparation, Prototyping and Testing
• Character Design
• Mood Boards
• Level Design
• Plotting the Player Path
• Sizing, Wayfinding, Silhouette Design and Choke Points
• Rewarding the Player
• Interface Design and Audio Design
• Understanding Monetization and Funding
• Using Publishers or Going Independent

This program is specifically designed to serve as an introduction or enhancement of the theoretical knowledge required for the vocational application of this subject. It is intended to help individuals in the furtherance of their vocational training and is not intended as a substitute for licensing or certification requirements, which may include an apprenticeship or additional training, as required by law.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date video game design textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the material is presented may vary.

Video Game Design Course

"This school has helped me believe in myself, and showed me that I can do anything I set my mind to."

Skyier W.

"I now have a full understanding of the process, examples of illustration, visuals, reading in defiles, and practices."

Jonathan A.