INFT6300

Computer Games Design

10 Units

Introduces the techniques of designing computer games for the digital entertainment industry. With a focus on the conceptual component of games design, students will analyze key game design elements including game genres, concepts, virtual worlds, storytelling, character, user interface design, and core technologies. Via a series of written and practical projects, students will assimilate and expand upon the key theories and practices associated with computer games design.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Design, Communication and Information Technology
Availability Trimester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an informed knowledge of concepts fundamental to computer games design
  2. Communicate using the terminology specific to computer games design
  3. Describe emerging trends within the computer games industry
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical dimensions relevant to computer game design
  5. Demonstrate an informed knowledge of screen based interactivity
  6. Critically evaluate using the key concepts involved in computer games design
  7. Describe the processes involved in the production cycle of computer games
  8. Produce industry standard documentation towards a computer game concept proposal
  9. Produce a visual presentation towards a computer game concept proposal.
Content

Topics may include:

  • Fundamentals of computer games
  • Historic context of the Computer Games industry
  • Game genres and themes
  • Narrative and character development
  • Generating computer imagery
  • Interactivity
  • Virtual worlds
  • Game concept documentation
  • Computer games production cycle
  • Physical simulations
  • Game engines
Replacing Course(s) This course replaces the following course(s): DESN6430. Students who have successfully completed DESN6430 are not eligible to enrol in INFT6300.
Assumed Knowledge Students are expected to have at least a basic level of computer literacy commensurate with a Postgraduate level of study. This will include basic competency with the use of 'Office' style applications (word processing, presentation and spreadsheet) and internet/web browsers.
Assessment Items
  • Report: Assignment 1 - Game Concept Report
  • Journal: Learning Journal
  • Report: Assignment 2 - Game Script Report
Contact Hours
  • Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (For students studying on-line - Self Directed Learning: 4 Hours per Week for 12 Weeks. Number of contact hours per week is a minimum recommendation and may vary with individual student's learning style for on-line courses.)
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for INFT6300

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