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MS Game Design 1a

We all love to play video games ? but have you ever wanted to build your own? If you are interested in a career in technology but also want a creative outlet, Game Design might be the field for you. Learn how to build a game from the ground up in Middle School Game Design 1, an interactive and hands-on course that will teach you all the ins and outs of making your own game. You will learn the importance of game structure and discover what makes a game fun, challenging, and interesting to players just like you. You will also have the opportunity to explore the design and creative process involved in game creation, learn block-based programs, and experiment with character and story development. As a bonus, you will leave the course with a digital portfolio of everything you created in class.

Course Details

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • Define what a game is and explain how games are important to society
  • Identify how simulations can be used to teach skills
  • Analyze games for the four elements of game design
  • Understand narrative and ludonarrative and how they relate to the storytelling aspect of games
  • Understand engagement and emotion and explain how they relate to game design
  • Set up a backdrop and sound that creates a certain mood using Scratch
  • Define sequence, loops, and conditional statements, and use them in Scratch to create a program
  • Identify visual and sound elements that create the mood you would like to have in your game
  • Describe how certain game mechanics function in game design
  • Create different levels in Scratch that could be used in a role-playing game
  • Plan and produce a shooter game in Scratch
  • Explain how aesthetics affect a game’s theme, mood, and story
  • Identify aesthetic concepts as they relate to shapes and color
  • Describe the parts of the MDA Framework
  • Understand basic animation concept
  • Connect sound and music to a videogame’s narrative
  • Describe how certain game mechanics function in game design
  • Create different levels in Scratch that could be used in a role-playing game
  • Plan and produce a shooter game in Scratch
  • Explain what is meant by user interface and user experience
  • Implement aspects of good interface design in Scratch
  • Describe how the user interface can affect the user experience
  • Create Game Design Documents

Required Materials

  • LMS access
  • Word processing software
  • Scratch
  • Standard laptop or desktop computers with Windows or Mac OS
  • High-speed internet connection (Cable, DSL)

Module Topics

  • Unit 1: What’s in a Game?
  • Unit 2: Starting from Scratch
  • Unit 3: Let’s Get to Work!
  • Unit 4: More Scratch Techniques
  • Unit 5: Let’s Get to Work!
  • Unit 6: Time to Plan

Accreditation

Laurel Springs meets the highest standard of academic excellence. We are fully Accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) and Cognia. We offer a broad catalog of courses approved by the NCAA Division I & II and the University of California A-G.

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