Introduction to Game Design

Have you ever wanted to design your own game? Want to create a game that others will want to play? Well this course is the one for you.


2020 Summer School Holiday Courses (Northern Tasmania)

Exeter Primary School (30 January - 31 January)- Any Student
Dates: (Thursday 30 January – Friday 31 January 2020
2 Full Days: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Exeter Primary School, 31 Glen Ard Mohr Road, Exeter
Levels Available: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4
Cost: $180 (+GST)
NB: This course is open to any student


2020 Term 1 Course

Friends (24 February- 30 March 2020)

Dates: Monday 24 February- 30 March 2020
6 Consecutive weeks: 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Location: Friends School, 23 Commercial Road, North Hobart
Levels Available: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4
Cost: $180 (+GST)
NB: This course is open to any student

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Hutchins (25 February- 31 March 2020)

Dates: Tuesday 25 February- 31 March 2020
6 Consecutive weeks: 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Location: Hutchins School, 71 Nelson Rd, Sandy Bay
Levels Available: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4
Cost: $180 (+GST)
NB: This course is open to Hutchins students only (Grade 3 +)

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New Town High School (29 February - 4 April) - Any Student
Dates: Saturday 29 February – 4 April 2020
6 Consecutive weeks: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: New Town High School, 6 Midwood Street, New Town
Levels Available: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4
Cost: $180 (+GST)
NB: This course is open to any student


Course Information

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. Introduction to Game Design is the first part of our Gaming courses. In this course you will have the opportunity to learn about game design, sprites, animations, levels, etc. You will go through and build scrolling shooter games, endless runner games and platform games, just to mention a few.

Levels

(Note: If you dont know what level to enrol your child start them in Level 1. We will assess them once they start and move them to the level that most suits their abilities)

Level 1
This course is designed for kids who have done some coding before and have a passion for making computer games. This course focuses on the basic concepts around game design, sprites, collision events and will have them making games in no time.

Level 2
Building on concepts and knowledge gained in the “Introduction to Game Design Level 1” course, your child will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how to make a game. In this course they will continue developing their understanding of Game Design through the creation of maze style games using more complex controls, enemies, player tracking, multiple rooms etc.

Level 3
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 4
The final part of the Introduction to Game Design courses, this course builds on all the skills they have gained in the previous courses. Here, they will take their gaming design skills to the next level through the creation of platformer style games using more complex controls, gravity, player tracking, multiple rooms etc.

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. We provide all the computers.

Equipment

We provide all the computers and software needed for this course, yet if you have a laptop of your own you can bring it along and we will install the software on it.

Details

Holiday Courses:
2 Full Days
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Term Courses:
6 Sessions (1.5 hours per Week)
Time: (see individual course location)

Outcomes

By the successful completion of these courses you will be ready to make your own games to play at home or move on to the next level, Game Design (Intermediate).

NB: Courses will run subject to a minimum number attending.

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