SCQF Level: 08
Module Code: DES205
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 1
School: School of Arts, Media and Games
This module develops student skills in the use of game engines with an emphasis on the creation of game content and levels underpinned by level design theory and practice.
The aim of this module is to provide the student with the theoretical, practical, and technical knowledge required to utilise game engines and operate as an effective level designer.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Utilise core game engine functionality and tools for game development.
2. Develop custom logic and entities for use in game development.
3. Demonstrate an appreciation for level design theory through the development of game levels utilising a prominent game engine.
1 Terminology and concepts
Common aspects and features of game engines.
2 Editing systems
Creating custom geometry, terrain etc. with in-engine tools.
3 Scripting game logic
Adding interaction to a level.
4 AI and pathing
Pathing techniques and movement logic.
Creating custom physics interactions.
Creating and editing user interfaces.
Importing art and audio content.
Working with cameras, animating and switching between cameras, cut-scenes.
9 Spatial and lighting design
Considering appropriate theories for spatial layout, composition, lighting etc.
10 User experience
Considering the user journey, playtesting, iteration.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Students will receive a series of front-loaded tutorial sessions that provide knowledge and guidance through the subject material. Practical sessions will be focused on activities and on developing coursework. Lectures will be used to introduce level design theories and best practices, highlight and discuss examples of good level design, and guide students towards further reading and study.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||12|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||12|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.