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. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS Information Technology: Database Design Concentration
      • MS Information Technology: Internet Security Concentration
      • MS in Cyber Security with a concentration in IT management
      • MS in Cyber Security
      • MS in Information Technology with a concentration in software application development
      • MS Information Technology: Web Design Concentration
    Bachelor's
      • BS Game Programming and Development
      • BS Computer Science
      • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/ 3-D Modeling & Animation
      • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/Web Design
      • BA in Game Art and Development
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technologies - Robot
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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
    4. 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
      • BSIT: Database Management
      • BS in Cybersecurity
      • BS in IT in Business
      • 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
    5. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. General Studies - Computer Information Technology
    Associate's
      • A.S. Computer Information Technology
      • A.S. General Studies - Computer Information Technology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Technology Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    6. ECPI University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's - Network Security
      • Bachelor's - Cloud Computing
    Associate's
      • Associate's - Network Security
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctorate: Computer Science
      • Doctorate - Computer Science: Information Assurance (Executive Format)
      • Doctor of Management - Technology Management (Executive Format)
    Master's
      • Master of Science in Computer Science
      • MS - Computer Science - Software Engineering
      • M.S. - Information Technology
      • MS - Management - Information Systems Security
      • M.S. - Management: IT and Project Management
      • M.S. - Information Technology - Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Software Application Programming
      • BS - IT - Web Development
      • Bachelor: Information Technology
      • BS - Business Administration - IT
      • BS - IT - Security
      • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Information Assurance
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Public Safety Leadership and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Human Resources and Technology Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Software Development With No Declared Minor or Concentration
      • B.S. - Software Development: Computer Programming Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Software Development
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Regent University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology
      • 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

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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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MS Information Technology: Database Design Concentration
  • MS Information Technology: Internet Security Concentration
  • BS Game Programming and Development
  • BS Computer Science

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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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Kaplan University

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

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • B.S. General Studies - Computer Information Technology
  • A.S. Computer Information Technology
  • Graduate Technology Certificate

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ECPI University

  • Bachelor's - Network Security
  • Bachelor's - Cloud Computing
  • Associate's - Network Security

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctorate: Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • B.S. - Information Technology: Software Application Programming

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Colorado State University Global

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

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