4-year Career Senior Game Designer · Universal Arts School / 3D / Cine / Videojuegos
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Senior Game Designer
Specialized in Videogame Art and Sculpting

Learn everything related to Game Design, Videogame Art and Sculpting Extreme in this 4-year Career. The most specialized careers for you to develop your maximum potential in various disciplines.

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Starting Date: September 2022
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Module 01. Module 1
Module 02. Module 2
Module 03. Module 3
Module 04. Module 1
Module 05. Module 2
Module 06. Module 3
Module 07. Module 1
Module 08. Module 2
Module 09. Module 3
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Videogame Art

Learn and master the concepts, the techniques and tools to be a successful Environment and Prop Artist. The role of the Environment/Prop Artist is to create worlds. They need to tell a story that will immerse the players in a narrative. They do this through designing and creating all types of assets; like castles, all kinds of vehicles, weapons, etc. An Environment/Prop Artist collaborates with other disciplines like level designers, and other artists, and between them they build and refine the 3D content that will define the game aesthetic and make sure the gameplay flows smoothly.

Sculpting Extreme

Pixologic Zbrush is a benchmark for organic modeling in Film and Videogames in the industry. Learn to work in Sculpting mode to create the most complex and detailed 3D models on the market. You will learn to design and model characters for different sectors that apply 3D. You will learn about human anatomy and sculpting techniques. From the initial idea to the sculpt, detailing, texturing and implementation. All of this applied to different styles such as cartoon, realism, creatures and any character you can imagine using all the techniques and keys used in the industry.
You will learn to use Zbrush in depth and to combine it with other 3D packages, implementing the power of creation exponentially. Zbrush has been used in films such as Avatar, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, The Lord of the Rings. It has also been used in movies and series like The Hobbit, Tron, Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man, Pacific Rim, The Amazing Spiderman, the Chronicles of Narnia series, the Pirates of the Caribbean series and in video games like "The Last of Us", "Gears of War", "God of War" or "Assassins Creed", among many others.

Game Design

Acquire the techniques and knowledge needed to design the content and rules that shape any video game, board game or serious game. From generating an idea to the production phase and launch. Game Design is the initial phase of Concept, Mechanics and Prototyping of a Video Games and a Game Designer is the Architect who will orchestrate all its foundations, the one who will somehow invent and develop the whole game and make it work. We will learn to analyze the systems and mechanics that make up your favorite games. You will develop your own functional prototypes and learn to create an environment where players can immerse themselves for hours.


Module 01. Module 1
1 months

INTRODUCTION TO MODELING
-Concept analysis
-Maya Interface
-Navigation
-Surface types overview (NURBS, polygons, and subD)
-"Box" modeling
-Bump, displacement, and normal maps
-Understanding Physical Based Rendering (PBR)
-Modeling Toolkit
-Quality Check preparation for UVs
-UV creation
-Retopology
-Materials, textures, and the hypershade editor

INTRODUCTION TO SUBSTANCE PAINTER
-Interface and Bakes
-Layers, Smart Materials, Anchor points, IDs material.
-How to work with UDIMS and instances.
-How to export textures
-How to work with masks
-Particle brushes
-Iray offline renderer

MODELING FOR PRODUCTION
-High / low poly modeling
-Packing UVs to maximize texel density
-Texture Baking
-Topology and good practices
-Refine the model
-How to present your model
-Showing your work to your supervisors and artistic directors
-Final Quality Check ,Cleaning

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Module 02. Module 2
1 months

PROPS, WEAPONS AND VEHICLES FOR VIDEOGAMES
-Modeling and textured prop hero.
-Advanced modeling and texturing techniques
-Lighting and presentation.
-Rigging
-Introduction to Animation Fundamentals

ZBRUSH INTRO FOR CONCEPTING
-Zbrush interface
-Navigation, brushes and common tools.
-Polygroups, Insert Mesh, Booleans, Polypaint.
-Brushes for Hard Surface, Creasing, Clip, Slice, Trim, Zremesh
-Curve Brush Basics
-Fibermesh Basics, morph targets
-Custom Alphas / VDM
-ZModeler Basics
-Dynamic Subd, Creasing, QGrid

ZBRUSH FOR PRODUCTION
-Refine the model
-Deformer Rotate, Scale, Offset, Stretch, and Skew
-UV Master, Decimation Master
-Live Boolean Basics
-Group and Panel Loops, moving and splitting
-Custom Hard Surface Alphas
-Reconstruct Subdiv
-Surface Noise, Noise Maker, Document Tiling
-Polygroup It
-ZBrush Native Render (and IBL)
-Stylized Rendering Basics



Module 03. Module 3
3 months

ADVANCED SUBSTANCE AND INTRODUCTION TO UNREAL ENGINE
-Lighting, texturing and materials for video games
-Generation of photorealistic tileable textures with Quixel Mixer.
-Static Mesh Editor, Material Editor and lights in Unreal.
-Post process and Unreal cameras

CREATION OF FINAL PROJECT
-How to gather reference and organize it for project.
-Blocking and initial modeling.
-Modeling and textured final of 1 prop.
-Introduction to Unreal Engine 5
-How to use Nanite and Lumen

FINAL PROJECT AND REEL
-Final modeling of the environment.
-Modeling and textured environment
-Light it up and present it in Marmoset or Unreal.
-Development of camera movements and take out sequences of images and final renders.
-Edit the final reel.



Module 04. Module 1
3 months

- Introduction to our Masters and how it operates
- Applied theory in Character Creation
- Psychological profile of our characters
- Z Brush: Initiation - practice
- Sculpture: Cranium
- Anatomy: Proportions of the human body.
- Drawing: Proportions and fitting.
- Anatomy: El torso humano
- Z brush: Work methodology in phases.
- Drawing: The Human Torso
- Sculpture: The Human Torso
- Anatomy: Upper extremities
- Z brush: optimización y recursos de hardware
- Drawing: Upper extremities
- Sculpture: Upper extremities
- 1st deadline:Realistic character proposal. Homework from prior week.
- Anatomy: Hands
- Z brush: Scultpting techniques
- Drawing: Hands
- Sculpture: Hands
- 2nd deadline: 2nd and last deadline for realistic character. Homework from prior week.
- Anatomy: Hands
- Z brush: Blocking zspheres and other techniques
- Drawing: Hands
- Sculpture: Hands
- Anatomy: lower extremities
- Z brush: Sculpting techniques
- Drawing: lower extremities
- Sculpture: lower extremities
- Anatomy: Feet
- Z brush: projection, layers and morphs
- Drawing: Feet
- Sculpture: Feet
- Anatomy: The feminine torso
- Z brush: sculpting techniques, projection, layers and morphs
- Drawing: The feminine torso
- Sculpture: The feminine torso
- Anatomy: The human head
- Z brush: Retopology tool
- Drawing: The human head
- Sculpture: The human head
- Anatomy: Portraits and reasonable resemblances
- Z brush: UV creation
- Drawing: Portraits and reasonable resemblances
- Sculpture: Portraits and reasonable resemblances
- Theory : techniques for hair
- Z brush: Cutaneous and subcutaneous details; pores, imperfections, vains and scars
- Marvelous designer: concepts
- Sculpture: Sculpture of hair and tuft
- Teoría: Textiles and clothes
- Z brush: Baking techniques
- Z brush: Extracting techniques and Sculpting techniques for hair and fibermesh
- Marvelous designer: Patterns ans simulations
- Sculpture: Sculpting textiles



Module 05. Module 2
3 months

-Applied theory for creating Cartoon characters
- Substance Painter: Initiation
- Sculpture: Blocking
- Marvelous designer: Personalizing our models
- Applied theory for creating Cartoon characters, visual language
- Sculpture: Blocking
- Marvelous designer: Garments and morphs
- Polygonal Modeling 3d Max
- Low Polygon Concepts
- Retopology in 3D Max
- Retopology in Maya
- Retopology in Blender
- UV Unwrapping in 3D Max
- Substance Painter: Baking and texturing techniques
- Hard surface polygonal Modelling
- Modelling props
- Modelling vehicules
- Substance Painter: Texturing techiques
- Basic setup and character poses
- Substance Painter: Baking and texturing techniques
- Hard surface polygonal Modelling
- Modelling props
- Modelling vehicules
- Substance Painter: Hand painted texturing techniques for characters
- Marmoset viewer: Iniciation
- Implementing Marmoset Viewer
- Modelling enviroments
- Procedural modelling
- Modelling props for enviroments
- Trees, rocks and ruins



Module 06. Module 3
3 months

- Baking techniques with Xnormal
- Hard surface polygonal Modelling
-Modelling props
- Modelling vehicules
- Substance Painter: Hand painted texturing techniques for props
- Marmoset Viewer lighting
- Marmoset Viewer Baking and animation
- Marmoset Render
- Modelling enviroments
- Procedural modelling
- Marmoset Viewer Baking and animation
- Marmoset Render
- Feedback on final projects
- Advise and approach for personal reel
- Post production in Photoshop and After effects
- Final deadline



Module 07. Module 1
3 months

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF VIDEOGAMES
-Definition
-Different types of rules and consequences
-Conflict with tools
-Dynamics and Mechanics
-System
-Emerging Systems
-Types of Players
-Basic genres and subtypes
-Formal game elements
-Creating a GDD
-Basic Prototyping
-Player Psychology
-Game language
-Videogame Tutorials

THE HISTORY OF VIDEOGAMES
-The Origin of Videogames
-Key Figures and their impact on the industry
-The Evolution of hardware and consequences
-The Videogame Crash
-Platform wars
-Player profile evolution
-Perception and social impact
-The Evolution of sales and distribution
-The Future of Videogames

NARRATIVE, LOGIC DESIGN & LEVEL STRUCTURE
-System Design
   -System Design and gameplay
   -External Design Systems
   -Motor or intellectual skills
   -Competition and collaboration
-Fundamentals in creating game spaces
-Keys to Level Design for platform games
-Keys to Level Design for strategy games
-Keys to Level Design for FPS
-Keys to Level Design for Puzzle Games
-Fundamentals of Narrative in Videogames
-Classic Narrative
-Modern Narrative
-Emerging Narrative
- Dissonances in Videogames
-Game Environments and their depiction
-Camera
-Balancing frustration and rewards
-Designing objectives
-Short Term
-Medium Term
-Long Term



Module 08. Module 2
3 months

GAME ECONOMY DESIGN
-Principles of Game Balance
-Impartiality
-Symmetry
-Asymmetry
-Archetypes
-Random factor
-Resource sharing
-Traditional Economics
-F2P Economics
-Mixed Economics
-Stadistics
-Big Data
-User Profiling
-Designing Game Operations
-Experimentation Cases
-Game Pitch
-Communication Plan
-Market Analysis and platforms
-Funding Methods
-User Profile Analysis

MARKETING, PRODUCTION & PLANNING FOR PROJECTS
-Production Methodology
-Kanban
-Scrum
-Defining and estimating tasks
-Metrics and forecast
-Budgeting
-Principles of Communication
-Added Value
-Buyers and channels
-Engaging customers and Creating a community

GENERAL PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS
-Types of data
-Variables
-Arithmetic operators
-Control structures, if/else/switch
-Conditional logical operators
-Enumerations
-Matrices
-Functions
-Object-oriented programming
-inheritance



Module 09. Module 3
3 months

THE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT
-Unity as a framework to create games
-Special features in Unity
-Components
-2D and 3D Cameras
-The Physics of 2D and 3D objects
-Importing objects (sprites, 3D models, audio, etc)
-UI
-Simple Group Videogame

FUNDAMENTALS OF ART
-Composition of a 3D model
-Vertices, normal, UV mapping, textures
-Sprites
-Lighting
-Animation
-Object pooling

ADVANCED PROGRAMMING & NODES
-Data Persistence, saving and loading our data
-AI
-Pathfinding
-GameFlow
-Complex Group Videogame





Software
UNITY - UNREAL ENGINE - ZBRUSH - SUBSTANCE PAINTER - MARMOSET TOOLBAG - XNORMAL - PHOTOSHOP - MAYA ó 3DSMAX. - ZBRUSH - SUBSTANCE PAINTER - MARVELOUS DESIGNER - MARMOSET TOOLBAG - XNORMAL - PHOTOSHOP - MAYA o 3DSMAX.


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