Video Game Design and Development

The Video Game Design and Development Online Training Program is the place to start if you’re seeking a professional career as a video game designer and developer. This program is also well-suited for enthusiastic amateurs and gamers looking to explore this exciting field as a recreational endeavor.

This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.


Video game design and development is challenging, but the rewards are worth it. With this unparalleled comprehensive training program, you’ll master skills that open doors to the growing video game industry. By the end of the program, you will have designed and created your own video game for the PC and will stand ready to join a team working on projects with larger scope or pursue independent development.

Using a comprehensive and analytical approach to game development, this program offers you the opportunity to learn how to effectively implement technical game ideas, assuming no prior training or experience. The curriculum is divided into four major areas of study: programming languages, mathematics skills, game asset creation, and modern real-time game engines. It will conclude with an independent study phase where you will design, document, and create your own game using all of the programming and game art skills you learned in the core classes.

This program is entirely online and is completed at your own pace. When you register, you receive twelve (12) months to complete this program.

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | REGISTER

    Course: OVDX800.01

    Tuition: $2,295

  • Outline

    I. C++ Programming for Game Developers I
            A. How to Create a C++ Program, Console Input and Output, Variable, and Arithmetic Operators
            B. Logical Operators, Controlling Program Flow, Repetition, and Arrays
            C. Functions
            D. References and Pointers
            E. Classes and Object-oriented Programming Design
            F. Strings
            G. Operator Overloading
            H. File Input and Output
            I. Inheritance and Polymorphism

    II. C++ Programming for Game Developers II
             A. Template Classes and Template Functions
             B. Error Handling |
             C. Number Systems, Data Representations, and Bit Operations
             D. The Standard Template Library
             E. Introduction to Windows Programming
             F. Menus and Drawing with GDI
             G. Dialog Boxes
             H. Timing, Animation, and Sprites
             I. Designing and Implementing a 2D Game

    III. Game Mathematics
             A. Real Numbers
             B. Algebra
             C. Set Theory and Functions
             D. Polynomials |
             E. Trigonometry
             F. Vector Mathematics
             G. Matrix Mathematics
             H. Quaternion Algebra
             I. Linear Transformations
             J. Analytic Geometry

    IV. General Game Modeling and Texturing
             A. Interface and Rendering Modes
             B. Primitives, Meshes, and Mesh Editing
             C. Pivots and Manipulators
             D. The 3D Cursor
             E. Object Join, Separate, Duplication
             F. Polygon Structure and Count
             G. Modeling with Bevel, Extrude, Multiresolution Modifiers
             H. Spin Tool and Splines
             I. Image Planes
             J. Texture Maps and UV Unwrapping
             K. Creating and Saving Scenes

    V. Unreal Engine Foundation
              A. Creating Projects and Understanding the User Interface
              B. Viewport Navigation
              C. View Modes and Show Flags
              D. Placing Objects in a Level
              E. The Content Browser
              F. Material Creation
              G. Basic Scene Lighting
              I. Introduction to Blueprints

  • Requirements

    This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.

    Prior to enrolling in this program, please ensure that your computer meets the following hardware and software requirements:

    Hardware Requirements:

    • Processor: Pentium III+/AMD Athlon (750MHz or greater)
    • System Memory: 256 MB+
    • Video: 3D Hardware Accelerator w/ 128MB+ on-board memory (DirectX 9.0+/OpenGL compliant)
    • Disk: 1 GB+ uncompressed
    • Sound: DirectSound compliant sound card 

    Software Requirements:

    • Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 or higher (.NET recommended, Download:
    • Microsoft DirectX Software Development Kit (Download: p)
    • Blender 3d (Latest) (Download:
    • Unreal Engine (Latest) (Download: 


    To enroll in this program, you need to have a reasonable familiarity with computers and a background in high school-level mathematics is strongly recommended. No prior game or graphics programming experience are necessary.

    The Video Game Design and Development program is for you if you seek a professional career as a game developer. It’s also well-suited for enthusiastic amateurs and gamers looking to explore this exciting field as a recreational endeavor.



  • Instructors

    Frank Luna has been programming interactive 3D computer graphics for over a decade, and he's been using DirectX since its fifth iteration. He has nearly fifteen years of C++ programming experience and has also programmed professionally in Java, C#, and MATLAB. He has worked as a contractor, with Hero Interactive, and on the open source Scorch 3D engine. Over the years, Frank published a number of best-selling textbooks on game and graphics programming, with his most recent being Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 11.0. He has been teaching both C++ and mathematics for games since 2004 at the Game Institute.

    John DeGoes began writing software and designing digital logic circuits during the early 1980s. He has been actively involved in the fields of computer science, mathematics, and game development for more than fifteen years. John graduated at the top of his class in undergraduate studies in applied mathematics at Montana State University-Billings. He has authored two successful games programming books, 3D Game Programming with C++ and 3D Game Programming with C++ Gold Edition, and he's co-authored a third book. John has also written and published articles for popular programming magazines and technical journals. He developed software for commercial programs such as "qED," "Pro Bass Fishing," "Mansion of Mystery," along with other assorted titles. Currently, John is on the road to acquiring his doctorate in applied mathematics, and he intends to research computational and mathematical methods for the study of complex dynamical systems.

    Gary Simmons started games programming in 1981. He was always fascinated more by how games worked than actually playing them (although he will admit to playing too). In 1985 Gary became the host of "Video and Chips," a United Kingdom television program dedicated to exploring future computer technology. Over the years, Gary has dedicated most of his time to researching and developing cutting-edge game techniques. In May 2000, Gary founded, a teaching site dedicated to helping game programmers (hobbyists and professionals alike) learn cutting-edge game programming techniques. Over the years, Gary has published dozens of full-length game development papers and tutorials. He has been teaching programs since 2001 and also serves as a faculty director.

    Adam Hoult got his start programming in the early 1980s on the ZX-80/81. After developing several demos for the Commodore 64, Adam got a job writing software for a local company, specializing in accounting and production software. He went on to develop 3D multimedia presentations demonstrating client production systems. This experience rekindled his earlier passion for games programming. Over the years, Adam has worked on many projects, but he's focused his efforts mainly on engine and tool design for games. He spent time running a successful tools production company as well as his own game programming Web site. Adam later teamed up with fellow faculty member Gary Simmons and developed the successful teaching Web site. The site gathered a loyal following as it provided information and tutorials for beginners and professionals alike on subjects that were often considered difficult to find on the Internet or in books. Adam is currently the lead technology developer at the Game Institute. He's working on some exciting upcoming 3D game projects in addition to teaching programs.

    Brian Hall is currently an engine and AI programmer at Midway Amusement Games, where he's working on advanced AI algorithms for an upcoming action-adventure console title. He has also designed and written parametetric airport generation software for SimAuthor Inc, as well as a real-time CLOD terrain system using real-world satellite imagery and elevation data. Previously Brian was a senior engineer at Accurate Automation Corporation, where he developed real-time learning systems for detecting pilot-induced oscillations in aircraft and intelligent path-finding for cruise-missile type applications.

    David Bourg is a naval architect and marine engineer, David Bourg performs computer simulations and develops analysis tools that measure things such as hovercraft performance and the effect of waves on the motion of ships and boats. He teaches at the college level in the areas of ship design, construction, and analysis. On occasion, David also lectures at high schools on topics such as naval architecture and software development. In addition to his practical engineering background, David is professionally involved in computer game development and consulting through his company, Crescent Vision Interactive. Current projects include a massive multiplayer online role-playing game, several Java-based multiplayer games, and a couple of PC-to-Macintosh game ports. David is currently finishing his Ph.D. in engineering and applied sciences.

  • FAQs

    1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

    Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

    2. How long does it take to complete a program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you are given twelve (12) months to complete this program.

    3. What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

    The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

    4. Do I have to buy additional materials?


    5. Can I get financial assistance?

    ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.

6. What happens when I complete the program?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    7. Am I guaranteed a job?

    ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

    8. Who will be my instructor?

    Each student is given access to a support team of game development experts and teachers. You can interact with instructors using the discussion boards found within the courses and can send private site messages and emails as well.

    9. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

    In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time.

    10. Can I use a Mac?

    No, you must access this program with a PC or IBM-compatible computer.

    11. How can I get more information about the program?

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-6806. We will answer your questions promptly.

    12. When can I start the program?

    Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

    Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

    13. How many hours per week should I spend studying?

    As a general rule, we suggest allocating an average of 10 - 20 hours per week. However, this will vary from individual to individual. If you’re just getting started and have little to no experience, certainly try to put in as much time as you can and try to maintain a consistent schedule. Ultimately each student will find a pace that is comfortable for them.

    14. What platforms will we study?

    Most modules in this program are designed for PC development on the Windows platform. However, the techniques that you learn in our program can often be non-platform specific. In cases that are platform-specific, source code can often be ported to other computer development platforms (such as Macintosh and Linux) with varying degrees of effort. Consoles, such as Xbox One and PS4 utilize closed-development libraries, and they’re not compatible with this program. However, most of the general game-engine development techniques you’ll learn are certainly compatible with all major consoles, regardless of the differences between APIs.

    15. Where can I get the latest version of the software? Is it free?

    All of the software used in this program is free. You can download the latest versions online using the links provided with the courses.

  • Reviews

    "The best part of this program was the audio in the lessons. Normally, I learn best by assisted reading. Since I did not have an instructor the audio threw in a lot of what was not found (personal experience) elsewhere. The thing that most kept me going on the first graphics module was the accent of the Geico Gecko -- he really kept me interested! He also demonstrated direct knowledge and testing of the material he talked about --- awesome." 
- G.I., Excelsior College