Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE IDG5102

 
TITLE Prototyping for Game Designers

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Institute of Digital Games

 
DESCRIPTION In this study-unit students are introduced to the basics of digital game prototyping using a prototyping tool/game engine.

No programming knowledge is expected from attending students, though some basic programming will be taught during the study-unit. Students will learn to make gradually more complex prototype games and will be encouraged to express themselves and be experimental in their designs.

By the end of the study-unit, students will be able to confidently build a prototype game on their own.

Study-unit Aims:

The core aim of the study-unit is to give students the skills needed to design and make prototype digital games on their own.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Comprehend how a digital game prototype is built out of various components, and the influence of those components on the resulting game;
- Discuss various approaches to game design and prototyping relative to the constraints and affordances of a game engine;
- Explain and rationalise experimental game designs.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Design and prototype digital games;
- Express him/herself and be experimental in the medium of digital games;
- Test his/her own games with players and make changes based on the feedback received.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Habgood, Jacob, and Overmars, Mark. 2006. The Game Maker's Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Unit offered at Post Graduate Level.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Seminar

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Project Yes 70%
Report Yes 30%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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