Deep Dive Intro to Game Design & Development

Learn how to create a digital game using the popular game engine Unity! 

The demand for digital game design and development skills has grown significantly in 2021.  The development of digital games is not only very popular for entertainment games but is a rising star in ‘serious games’.  Digital gaming is a means of entertainment and corporate/government/educational training.  The projected revenue of the digital game development market is expected to exceed $200M by 2023 (Forbes, 2021).  Join us for our in- depth course in digital game design/development (beginning with game design prototyping) and resulting in a playable digital game using the most popular game engine Unity (Techraptor2021).  Learn the basics of digital game design, game psychology, game mechanics, and game development using Unity assets and resources.   

 

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Instructors

Dr. Rod Sanchez, Lead Instructor

Rod’s formal academic training is in neuroscience. He has spent the last decade working with companies such as Intel, HP, and DreamWorks Animation SKG to develop first-of-its-kind digital products and technologies around the world. At Intel, Rod founded and managed Intel’s worldwide Community Solutions Program – this multi- billion dollar program paired Intel technologists and resources with industry experts outside of Intel in various industries to create new products. Rod led the development of the first wireless hospital in Italy, the first wireless school in Central America, the first robotic pharmacy in the US, and many other technical projects around the world. Later, Rod collaborated with DreamWorks Animation SKG to develop a new technical model for rendering animated images used in motion pictures from geographically remote locations. This new technical model was used in the production of Academy Award® nominated movies such as Shrek Forever After, Kung Fu Panda 2, How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me, and Puss in Boots. This technical process has since become an animated motion picture industry standard. Rod is the author of the Ben and IQ ExploreTM children’s illustrated book series. This series, which premiered during the spring 2017, entertains and educates children on various topics from gardening to healthcare. Rod maintains his academic roots and actively works with schools and universities around the US to develop digital media production training initiatives. Rod plays an active role in the community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, the Board of Advisors for the United States Department of Energy, the board of advisors for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Venture Acceleration Fund, the Board of Directors of the Center for Hands on Learning, a member of the HP Production Studio Advisory Council, a Visiting Professor in the school of Business, Media, and Technology at New Mexico Highlands University, an Adjunct Professor in University of New Mexico’s Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media program, the Founder and Director of the Innovation Laboratory, the Founder and Director of the “Dream Factory” technology incubator, and a member of numerous motion picture, technology, science, and digital media industry organizations. Rod speaks nationally about the important relationship between emerging media, education, and world economy.

Kasie Cochrane digital media assistant instructor

Kasie Cochrane, Assistant Instructor

Kasie is a Creative Designer who specializes in digital illustration, 2d animation, graphic design and video production and editing. With a background in Fine Art and a passion for Art and Design, she strives to build projects that can expose the creative process. She has created logos, animations and graphics for organizations such as the New Mexico DOH, CNM Westside campus, Explora, and several local businesses.