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

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    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Information Technology/Multiplatform Software Development
      • BS in Cybersecurity
      • BS in IT - IT Management
      • BS in Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
    Associate's
      • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development
      • AASIT: Network Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    2. 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
    3. Tulane University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Online Master of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Management
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Full Sail University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Instructional Technology
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security (Bridge)
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
      • B.S. in Information Technology
      • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Claremont Graduate University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Cybersecurity Management
      • Masters in Business Administration - Cybersecurity Management
    Certificate
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Cybersecurity Management
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. South University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Information Systems (MS)
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS: Computer Science
      • BS: Computer Science - Information Assurance
      • BS: Computer Information Systems
      • BS: Cybersecurity
    Associate's
      • AA: Cybersecurity
      • AA: Information Technology

Featured Schools

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

Kaplan University

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

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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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Tulane University

  • Online Master of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Management

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Full Sail University

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

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Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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Grand Canyon University

  • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • B.S. in Computer Programming
  • B.S. in Information Technology

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Claremont Graduate University

  • Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology

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Brenau University

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  • Masters in Business Administration - Cybersecurity Management
  • Post Graduate Certificate - Cybersecurity Management

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