Online Game Development Classes Offered Free by Top Universities and Educational Websites

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Online game development classes are offered for free by various universities, including Tufts University and Utah State University. Courses are available to study at any time and cover topics including basic programming and game theory.
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Free Game Development Classes

Game development classes are offered from these schools and websites listed below. Course subjects include programming, game development, and instructional games.

GameDev.net

GameDev.net offers free online tutorials for those interested in programming and making video games. Topics covered include Tetris, Pac-man, Super Mario Brothers 2, programming languages, and software platforms.

Tufts University

Tufts offers an intro to game development course. Students can follow along on projects, labs, and a video lecture on mobile games. Topics covered include game design principles, game development methodologies, and JavaScript.

Utah State University

The instructional games course at Utah State will help students learn about the history and application of instructional games. Students will read about topics such as computer games, learning through video games, and how video games effect children.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT offers an extensive theory and analysis course on video game theory. Students will read from textbooks like The Game Design Reader and Why Video Games Are Good For Your Soul. Lecture notes will cover in-class analysis and exercises.

AlanEmrich.com

This course was taught at Stanford, the Art Institute of California, the University of California, Irvine, by professor Alam Emrich. The required text for the course is Game Development Essentials: An Introduction. Course topics include advanced game design philosophy, conflict resolution, and character, story and plot in game design.

  • Principles of Game Design - Professor Alan Emrich's game design course focuses on the strategies associated with game design.

Free Online Game Development Classes At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
How Do I Make Video Games tutorial from GameDev.net Unspecified Online tutorial No No No
Beginners Guide to Programming tutorial from GaveDev.net Unspecified Online tutorial/video external reading resources No No No
Introduction to Game Development course from Tufts University Unspecified Texts/projects/labs/external reading resources/video lecture Yes No Yes
Instructional Games course from Utah State University Unspecified Texts Yes No Yes
Video Game Theory and Analysis course from MIT Undergraduate/graduate Textbooks/lecture notes/labs Yes Yes Yes
Principles of Game Design course from AlanEmrich.com Unspecified Text/lectures/course project Yes Yes Yes

Popular Schools

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Mobile Gaming
      • Master of Science - Mobile Gaming
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Game Design
      • B.S. - Game Art
      • B.S. - Mobile Development
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
      • MS in Cybersecurity Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Information Technology/Multiplatform Software Development
      • BS in Cybersecurity
      • BSIT - Information Management
      • BS in Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
    Associate's
      • Associate: Information Technology
      • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development
      • AASIT: Network Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Information Technology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Regent University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology - General
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology - Information Security
  • Online Programs Available
    5. City University of Seattle

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. Computer Science
      • M.S. Information Security
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Applied Computing
      • B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
      • B.S. Information Systems
      • B.S. Information Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    6. University of Delaware

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
      • PhD in Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
      • PhD-TIM - Cybersecurity
    Master's
      • MSTIM - Computer Science
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • MBA - Computer and Information Security
      • MSTIM - Cybersecurity
      • MSTIM - Information Systems
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Cyber Security, M.S.
    Bachelor's
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S.
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S. - Emphasis in Database Management
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S. - Emphasis in Networking
      • Information Systems Mgmt., B.S.
    Associate's
      • Computer Information Technology, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Cloud Security Risk Management - MBA (Master's)
      • Cloud Security Risk Management - MSIS (Master's)
      • Information Systems - MSIS (Master's)
      • Leadership Studies - MBA (Master's)
    Bachelor's
      • Game Software Development - Bachelor
      • Information Technology and Security - Bachelor
    Associate's
      • Information Technology - Associate
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
      • High School with a Concentration in Information Technology

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Mobile Gaming
  • B.S. - Game Design
  • B.S. - Game Art

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Kaplan University

  • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
  • BS in Information Technology/Multiplatform Software Development
  • Associate: Information Technology

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Colorado State University Global

  • Master - Information Technology Management
  • Graduate Specialization - Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security

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Regent University

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

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City University of Seattle

  • M.S. Computer Science
  • M.S. Information Security
  • B.S. Applied Computing
  • B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

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University of Delaware

  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity

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Northcentral University

  • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • MSTIM - Computer Science
  • MBA - Applied Computer Science

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Colorado Christian University

  • Cyber Security, M.S.
  • Computer Information Technology, B.S.
  • Computer Information Technology, A.S.

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