PROD121-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

The Game Development Process

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024

Description

This course takes students through the process of going from a game idea to a playable prototype. Students learn about the various roles, skills, technologies, and processes that need to come together to deliver a working game. Projects will be done in teams, and will mimic as closely as possible the processes used in commercial game studios.

Learning Outcomes

  • Goal of the Course
    This course will provide students with the fundamentals of the game development process. Students will learn about the essentials of game design, as well as practices and processes of game development - from the initial idea to the final product.
    This course takes students through the process from a game idea to a playable prototype with the various roles, skills, technologies, and processes that need to come together.

    Learning Outcomes (General)
    Students who successfully completed this course will:
  • Be able to describe the design elements that contribute to a successful game
  • Be able to describe the roles of team members in a commercial game development team
  • Have had experience working in a team to devise and develop novel game concepts
  • Be able to describe the main features of current game platforms and relevant technologies and their development
  • Have produced and presented a game prototype in a team setting that required all major points along the development timeline to be met
  • Have produced a team design report that describes a novel game development in-depth, including a discussion of the relationship between the major game features developed and the elements needed for a successful game product

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Otakaro 236 L2 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 A4 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 Rata 342 CAD Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02-P1 Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 Rata 342 CAD Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02-P2 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Rata 342 CAD Lab
5 Aug - 18 Aug
03 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 Rata 342 CAD Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00 West 213A (16/7-20/8, 10/9-15/10)
Len Lye 201 Computer Lab (16/7-20/8, 10/9-15/10)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Monday 08:00 - 10:00 West 213A (15/7-19/8, 9/9-14/10)
Len Lye 201 Computer Lab (15/7-19/8, 9/9-14/10)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
03 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 West 213A (16/7-20/8, 10/9-15/10)
Len Lye 201 Computer Lab (16/7-20/8, 10/9-15/10)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
04 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 West 213A (15/7-19/8, 9/9-14/10)
Len Lye 201 Computer Lab (15/7-19/8, 9/9-14/10)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
05 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 West 213A (17/7-21/8, 11/9-16/10)
Len Lye 201 Computer Lab (17/7-21/8, 11/9-16/10)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Simon Hoermann

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery

Lecturers

Simon Hoermann and Adrian Clark

Assessment

In-term tests and assignments to assess taught material plus a major report describing the game design, prototyping process and outcomes of the major game development group project. Students will deliver a working game prototype using digital technologies as well as a final presentation in front of invited academics and peers.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

International fee $4,988.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design .

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