What you will learn
- A broad and robust understanding of computer science, programming, and software development
- Concepts like abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development
- Principles of 2D and 3D graphics, animation, sound, and collision detection
- Unity and LÖVE 2D, plus Lua and C#
- The fundamentals of game design and development
The video games of the 1970s and 1980s have never lost their appeal. Pong, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda — these games defined a generation and set the stage for the massive billion-dollar video game industry of today. Even among the current blockbuster action-adventure titles, retro indie games play an important role, but how are these games made? What principles do you need to master to become a game designer and create the next hit title?
These courses will lead you through the most popular undergraduate course at Harvard, CS50, an Introduction to Computer Science. The first course will introduce you to common programming languages, providing a strong foundation to build the skills necessary to design and develop your own game. The second course will introduce you to the fundamentals of game programming itself.
You’ll explore the design of classic games — and newer titles like Angry Birds and Portal — in a quest to understand how video games are built. Through lectures and hands-on projects, you’ll explore the principles of 2D and 3D computer graphics, animation, sound, and collision detection. You’ll learn how to use frameworks like Unity and LÖVE 2D, as well as languages like Lua and C#. Join now to program your own games and gain a thorough understanding of game design and development.
Courses in this program
HarvardX's Computer Science for Game Development Professional Certificate
- 6–18 hours per week, for 12 weeks
An introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming.
- 6–9 hours per week, for 12 weeks
Learn about the development of 2D and 3D interactive games in this hands-on course, as you explore the design of games such as Super Mario Bros., Pokémon, Angry Birds, and more.
- Employment of software developers is projected to grow 24% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. (source: Occupational Outlook Handbook)
- The average base pay for game developers is $101,932 per year. (source: Glassdoor)
- The gaming industry is growing quickly and is projected to reach $180 billion by 2021. (source: The Motley Fool)
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