Title: Game Dev 101 – Level 1
Description: Game Dev 101 is a one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.
From 10:00 to 17:00
Do you want to know how to make your own videogames, but have no idea where to start?
Game Dev 101 is a one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.
Over the day-long course Dan will introduce you to the world of video games through both the creative elements and the technical.
Dan has a hands-on approach to teaching, encouraging participants to get stuck in from the word go.
The course is packed full of popular video game examples, explaining why games are enjoyable as well as technically sound – why does Sonic jump the way he does? Why is it fun to play? How can we replicate this?
The course centres around participant discussion and Dan regularly makes comparisons to videogames that are known and loved by all. You’ll learn why the simplest games can still be a joy to play (and how easy they are to make).
By the end of the day, you will understand how to get up and running in a few different game making environments and will come out with the skills and confidence to explore making games further.
Once completed, you’ll be well prepared to move on to the Intermediate Level course.
Who is this course for?
Complete beginners, with no experience of coding or programming, who are interested in video games and learning about how they are created. Seasoned programmers should check out the intermediate level course. The course is aimed at adults, but will be suitable for many younger people too. If you have any questions about the pace or content of the course, please do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d be delighted to help. (Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.)
Do I need any prior skills?
No, as long as you have an interest in video games, basic numeracy and computing skills you’ll be fine, this course is for complete beginners!
What do I need to bring?
You’ll need to bring your own PC/laptop (Windows, OSX and Linux are all fine) that can connect to the internet. (If you do not have a PC/laptop please let us know (email@example.com / 0161 839 6324) so we can arrange one for the day.)
All software is free and cross-platform. We will provide you with this in advance
Lesson content will be provided on the day, and includes a huge collection of license-free videogame assets from kenny.nl that attendees can use in their own future work.
How much does it cost?
£70 for the course plus an additional £10 for adult accompaniment (this is to cover lunch that will be available on the day). Prices are inclusive of VAT.
About the Tutor
Dan Hett became a lifelong videogame nerd the second he first picked up his controller. He’s now a games developer, creative programmer and gamedev educator. He works as Senior Developer for BBC Children’s and is the curator and organiser of the Manchester Game Jam and the Manchester Unity user group. A firm believer in the idea that programming is for everyone, Dan has spent the last few years teaching game development to beginners of all ages showing people creating video games is surprisingly easy when you know how!
At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).
Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.