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Explore game development and design

Professional Certificate in
Computer Science for Game Development
HarvardX

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
  • Familiarity in a number of languages, including C, Python, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, and HTML
  • 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.

Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
6 months
8 - 14 hours per week
$162
$180USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. HarvardX's Computer Science for Game Development Professional Certificate

  2. 10–20 hours per week, for 10 weeks
    An introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming.
  3. 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)

Meet your instructors

from Harvard University (HarvardX)
Colton Ogden
Technologist
Harvard University
Doug Lloyd
Senior Preceptor in Computer Science
Harvard University
David J. Malan
Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science
Harvard University
Nate Hardison
Preceptor in Computer Science
Harvard University
Rob Bowden
Doctoral Candidate in Computer Science
Harvard University
Zamyla Chan
Doctoral Candidate in Chemistry
Harvard University

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$162
$180USD
2 courses in 6 months
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