Video Game Design and Content Creation

Specialized Study Program in Video Game Design and Content Creation

Specialized Study Program in Video Game Design and Content Creation

Classroom Program


4 weeks


UCR Extension

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Change your passion for playing games into a rewarding career. Explore your creativity and learn how to use the same tools used by the pros. Through a hands-on experience, you will receive intensive, in-depth exposure to the core fundamentals of game design and content creation including developing a first-level game. This program offers 100 hours of university-level instruction taught by real-world industry professionals. If you are creative, detail-oriented and enjoy using the latest gaming software applications, a career in video game design could be just the challenge you're looking for.

Designed For

Individuals interested in video game design and content creation.

What You'll Learn

  • How to use Maya, Unity, and Adobe Photoshop to create designs and characters for your own ultimate personal visual impact
  • Game mechanics
  • Theory of fun
  • Story and plot development
  • Feedback mechanisms
  • Environmental and character assets
  • Heuristic testing
  • Designing for animation
  • Correcting topology
  • 3Dmesh data and symbolic armatures
  • Rigging and skinning techniques

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are primarily available in private companies. They might include:

  • Computer programmers
  • Digital artists
  • Game designers
  • Producers

Download the VGD Academy Schedule.

Program Overview


10 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience in this program was amazing. I came into this course eager and excited to learn how to create 3D models in Maya. The instructors were exceptional. They taught me how to combine all I learned with my fine arts background, and how to apply my artistic skills to my creations.”

Yehsiming Jue

Freelance Artist
Indian Wells, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent

To learn more about our Video Game Design Summer Academy, enroll in our FREE Information Session.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Summer Academy

Introduction to Game Design

CS X491.01

2 units

Game Mechanics

CS X491.02

2 units

3D Modeling for Games

CS X491.03

3 units

Rigging, Skinning and Animation

CS X491.04

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Video games are an amalgamation of art, story, mechanics, and technology. Creating games often feels like making a stew of all these and more. I try to bring all of my different experiences from all of the different areas in which I've worked and studied into the games I help create, and the classes I teach.”

William Cy Matterer

Co-Founder and Technical Director
Pixel Snack Games
Riverside, CA

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