GAMING DESIGN FOR ARTISTS: Transform your passion for art and gaming into new tech skills while you create your own video game. Building new computer games takes cooperation between lots of different people with different skills. In this week-long course, you'll find out what it's like working as an artist in a game development team together with programmers to build your own game. Experience the process of building a game from a design thinking perspective. Using digital art, students will bring to life their game characters, background and story. This truly unique course, brings together the artist in collaboration with a group of game programmers working concurrently in the GAMING DESIGN FOR PROGRAMMERS course.

Students in this course are encouraged to have some previous experience in digital art. Experience with game art is not necessary.

This course is taught by Dr. Marc Olano, Director of the Computer Science Department's Game Development Track and 3D photogrammetric scanning facility.He prepares students for careers in the Video Game industry and exposes them to internship opportunities at local game development companies such as Firaxis, Big Huge Games, Epic Games, Mythic Entertainment and Zynga.  He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques, an open-access journal dedicated to practical graphics research.  Teaching Assistant:Junior Sei is pursuing his BFA in Visual Arts with a concentration in Animation. He is a member of the UMBC Game Development Club and has been a character animator and special effects artist for his team based game-development courses. He is also the Teaching Assistant for SEA's Japanese Animation and Director's Cut courses for the second year in a row.

Note: Students will need PC or Mac computer capable of running UNITY Editor. Students will also need to download free software before the program starts and will receive specific instructions the week before the class runs. Programs include: KRITA, UNITY and Github for UNITY.

Live Online Hybrid: (LOH) Students have a scheduled start time, check-ins and office hours with instructor, in-between independent study and work time.

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Course Resources
Waiver - Photo and Video (PDF) 2020 (PDF Document)
Waiver - Release of Liability (PDF) 2020 (PDF Document)
Waiver - Release of Liability 18 and Over (PDF) 2020 (PDF Document)

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