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CODE 80975
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-INF/01
LANGUAGE Italian (English on demand)
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course delves into the topics of video game development, both from a theoretical and practical point of view. The planning and pre-production phases are illustrated, as well as the main game design analysis and planning techniques. The practical part focuses on development in Unreal Engine, in order to create video games and real-time interactive applications.

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of the course is to acquire the basic knowledge for the design and development of video games and real-time interactive applications. The student, through spoken and dialogic lessons and through laboratory activities, will learn the main techniques of planning, design and practical development of video games (using Unreal Engine). The teaching aims to train a professional figure capable of designing and creating video games at an industrial level, with specific development skills in Unreal Engine.

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons consist of a frontal lesson for the theoretical part and a guided exercise part for the practical part. The theoretical part uses slides and further support materials, while in the practical part the teacher develops the topics directly in Unreal Engine, inviting students to use their own calculators to replicate and further explore what is proposed according to the principle of learn by doing.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

  • The budget and project financing of a video game.
  • The game development market and the development team.
  • Project lifecycle and pre-production.
  • Game design, concepts and pillars.
  • Game loops and concept map.
  • Pitch document and vertical slice.
  • Game Design Document.
  • Unreal Engine and its framework.
  • Multi-platform build and development.
  • Input management.
  • Camera management.
  • How to create interactions.
  • Animations.
  • User interfaces.
  • Materials and VFX.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Slides and other materials provided by the teacher and available via AulaWeb and/or Teams area.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

DANIELE BENEGIAMO (President)

ERMANNO DI ZITTI

LESSONS

Class schedule

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile all'indirizzo EasyAcademy.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam consists of an exercise in which the student must develop a video game accompanied by a short pitch document, using the theoretical-practical skills acquired during the course.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The pitch document and the game mechanics designed will evaluate the planning and game design ability. The quality of the developed features, their implementation and organization will evaluate the development capacity.