module specification

CU6007 - Games Asset Development (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Games Asset Development
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
 
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 15%   Concept design for game level character and environment.
Coursework 15%   Creation and presentation of storyboard and animated sequence (up to 2 minutes) to show game level design.
Coursework 20%   3D Asset Development
Coursework 50%   Completed Game Level
Running in 2019/20
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module is designed to give students the responsibility for working together as a large team, in order to design and build a Windows-based game.

Students will work in smaller sub-teams focusing on design and asset production. 

The module provides students with the opportunity to take masterclasses in a variety of disciplines related to their chosen sphere of expertise, closely supervised by specialists from relevant industries.

Students will be expected to develop professional quality work to a specialist brief.

This module aims to:

enable students to understand workflow models, styles of project management and the necessity of good communication skills in a team-based work enviromnment
implement art and design capabilities in the area of computer games and digital media
develop communication skills with particular reference to computer games and digital media
equip students for employment in the area of computer games and digital media.

Prior learning requirements

pre-requisites CU5004, CU5007

Syllabus

Meeting a brief;
Developing requirements;
User centred design;
QA - evaluation techniques;
Prototyping tools;
Professional standards;
Marketing and publicity

LO1 - LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

A problem based learning approach will be used in the module delivery.

Students will be able to negotiate their final coursework, based on a brief set by the tutor.  Each member of the team will be expected to deliver professional quality work to deadlines determined through the team management structure.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to:

LO1 understand the importance of proof of concept development;
LO2 have experience of team-work and self-management and develop cross-disciplinary communication skills;
LO3 be able to devise appropriate techniques for developing and testing final product from prototype;
LO4 be able to produce work to a professional standard.

Assessment strategy

100% coursework – 3D game that meets brief + technical and design documentation.

Formative feedback will be given during weekly meetings, where team members present their work.  Feedback from industry professionals will be important, as well as peer review and accountability within context of team.

Bibliography

Core Texts (Latest up-to-date list will be provided in the module handbook):

Amin, J., (2015). Beginner's Guide To Character Creation In Maya. 3dtotal Publishing.

Williams, W., (2009) The Animator's Survival Kit--Revised Edition: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet An. Faber & Faber.


Additional Reading:

Sykut, A., (2011). Photoshop For 3d Artists, Vol. 1. 3dtotal Publishing.

Finch, A., (2014). The Unreal Game Engine: A Comprehensive Guide To Creating Playable Levels. 3dtotal Publishing.

Grassetti, R., (2012). Zbrush Character Sculpting: Volume 1. 3dtotal Publishing.

Palamar, T., (2015). Mastering Autodesk Maya 2016: Autodesk Official Press. Sybex.