Overview

This course is designed for those who have a passion for games. Not just the playing of computer games but designing their own games for others to play.

Introduction to Game Design is the first part of our gaming courses using Game Maker Studio 2. In this course kids will have the chance to learn about game design, sprites, animations, levels, etc. Throughout the different levels we will build brick breaker games, maze games, scrolling shooter games, and platform games, just to mention a few.

Comprising of 4 Levels, each level takes 6 weeks (or 2 full days) and builds on the skills developed in the previous level. Have your child complete just the one level or go on to become a master this whole course by completing all 4.

For more information about this course and what each level comprises of, please see below.

  • Level 101
    Introducing the software Game Maker Studio 2, here we explore the layout of the program and what everything does. Through the creation of 2 simple games this course focuses on the basic concepts around game design, sprites, collision events and will have them making games in no time.
  • Level 102
    This level is for those who have completed the level 1 course and is designed to extend their skills further by building on their previous knowledge. Here we continue to develop their knowledge of Game Design through the creation of maze style games using more complex controls, enemies, player tracking, multiple rooms etc
  • Level 103
    The third part of the Introduction to Game Design courses, this course builds on the skills developed in the previous 2 parts. In this course they will take their gaming design skills to the next level with the introduction of scrolling backgrounds, simple AI mechanics, complex collision events, sprite changes, and much more in the aim of creating a scrolling shooter game of their own creation.
  • Level 104
    The final of our Intro to Game Design levels, here they will express what they have learnt through the creation of platformer style games using more complex controls, gravity, player tracking, multiple rooms etc.  A great way in which to wrap up and display what they have learnt throughout the levels.

Audience

Suitable for ages 8+, and kids that have done some Coding before.

Prerequisite

This course requires some previous knowledge of Coding

What to bring

Lunch (if attending the full day course), Snacks (no nuts please), and a drink.

Equipment

We provide all the equipment need for this course, yet if you have a laptop you would your child to use you can send that along.

Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of the 4 levels your child should have be ready to make their own games to play at home or take their game design to the next level move on to Game Design (Intermediate).