Best Free Game Design Courses

Find the best online Free Game Design Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings.

2D Game Art for Non-Artists

Create beautiful cartoon art with a modern edge, and harness light and shading techniques to give your work depth

Created by 3D BUZZ Programming and Digital Art training - 

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Students: 54281, Price: Free

In this series, your instructor, Steve Curtis is going to demonstrate how to harness the power of Photoshop to get beautiful 2D art work for games, even if you've never created art before. This is High-Rez art designed to look like modern graphics but with that old school feel. Although it isn't pixel art, the graphics created could certainly be sized down to create art that has that pixel art feel. This course uses Photoshop, however GIMP and similar programs should suffice. No tablet is required, all of the art in this series was created using only a mouse.

We will create beautiful cartoon art with a modern edge, and harness light and shading techniques to give our work depth.

Digitally Painting and Drawing Eyes

Take Your Digital Paintings to the Next Level

Created by Austin Batchelor - Concept Artist and Illustrator

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Students: 42418, Price: Free

Do you want to learn how to digitally paint eyes that make your art come alive? Or maybe you’re on a quest to understand the structure of the eye and incorporate it into your drawings? In any case you’ve come to the right place.

The 'Digitally Painting and Drawing Eyes Course' will show you how to paint realistic eyes that will take your art to the next level. The techniques taught in this course can be translated into any program that uses a layer system from Photoshop to Manga Studio to ProCreate which is what I use. This course will enhance or give you skills in the world of digital painting - or your money back!

The course is your track to building a solid understanding of the eye and how to paint and draw it! Whether for your own content or for other peoples projects.

So what else is in it for you?

You’ll be taken from basic anatomical understanding and structure to believable and engaging eyes in your paintings, from beginner to expert

You’ll gain instant access to all of the course. You’ll also gain access to all of my files I create though out the course for you to use how ever you like. These assets can be used to study and trace over or as inspiration and reference for your own paintings.

The course is setup to quickly take you through step by step, the process of creating realistic eyes. It will equip you with the knowledge to create stunning images and concept art!

This all comes under one convenient easy to use platform. Plus you will get fast, friendly, responsive support on the Udemy Q&A section of the course or direct message.

I will be here for you every step of the way!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now to start creating today!

Digital Painting Series Ep0. Dragon Bust

Learn to paint step by step. From amateur to master.

Created by Austin Batchelor - Concept Artist and Illustrator

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Students: 22828, Price: Free

You’ll learn every step to creating an awesome digital painting so you can go from beginner to expert!

The Digital Painting Series will show you how to create advanced art that will stand up as professional work. This course will enhance or give you skills in digital painting, or your money back.

Each course in the digital painting series is your track to obtaining digital painting skills like you always knew you should have! Whether for your own projects or to create art as a professional.

Each course in the series covers on painting demo that goes step by step through how to create a digital painting. Each one will have a bonus lecture at the end where I share a quick tip or trick to help you with your painting skills.  This course is the first one in the series and is free for anyone to take! It will cover how to paint a colorful dragon bust and the bonus section goes over how to paint gemstones. So what else is in it for you?

You’ll gain instant access to all 3 sections of the course.

The course is setup to quickly take you through step by step my process of creating a digital painting.

Don’t believe me? I offer you a full money back guarantee within the first 30 days of purchasing the course.

All at your fingers tips instantly.

  • The course starts with the basics. We'll start with an underdrawing or sketch and prepare it for painting.

  • Next you’ll learn how to paint in grayscale in order to get accurate values and prep the image for color.

  • Once you’ve learned that we'll go over how to add color to bring your painting to life.

  • Then you are going to learn how to use layers and different blend modes as well making image adjustments to your painting

  • Lastly is the bonus section that goes over how to paint sparkling gemstones.

What else will you get?

- Personal contact with me, the course tutor

- Lifetime access to course materials

- Full length painting demo

This all comes under one convenient easy to use platform. Plus you will get fast, friendly, responsive support on the Udemy Q&A section of the course or direct message.

I will be here for you every step of the way!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and change your art world today!

A beginner’s guide to creating artwork for 2D video games

Discover how easy it is to make graphics for 2D video games

Created by Pete Jepson - Game Design Tutor

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Students: 11838, Price: Free

Hello and welcome to a beginner's guide to creating artwork for 2D video games. My name is Pete Jepson and I am a game design teacher. I have taught this subject for over four years. I have put together this series to show you how easy it is to make 2D artwork. It's based on sprites and characters I made for a 2D platform game.

You don't need any previous experience, and you don't need sophisticated art skills. All you need is a computer and a mouse. The software is free to use online.

In this series we will create a range of 2D art including both static and animated graphics, as well as character sprite sheets and tile sets. By the end of this series you will have a complete range of artwork to be able to create your own video game as well as the skills to continue to create your own graphics.

I hope you enjoy this series. If you have any questions or comments post them in the Q & A section and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.

Construct 2 – Your first game.

Game creation without needing to know any code.

Created by Jeff Bathurst - Animator/game designer

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Students: 9588, Price: Free

This course is for beginners in game development and Construct 2.  I aim to teach people that have always wanted to  create a computer game but never had the knowledge to do so, and walk them through the process of creating their first game using Construct 2 Free Edition.

All assets and art work are provided.

Download the free version of Construct 2 from scirra's website.

Learn Magica Voxel – Create 3D Game Models For Unity3D

Use Magica Voxel to create amazing 3D models for video games , to sell , 3D world , etc. No prior knowledge required.

Created by Swapnil Rane - Game Developer , Game Art Designer

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Students: 7400, Price: Free

Magica Voxel is amazing software which enables you to create amazing 3D Voxel Art which can be used in any game engines.

Why you must learn Magica Voxel:-

  • Create asset for video games.

  • Design amazing 3D houses and cars.

  • Make money by selling arts.

Learn how to create voxel art for games using Magica Voxel , the free to use software.

We will start my getting basics of magica voxel. You will be amazed what you can achieve with this course.

You will get full lifetime access for a single one-off fee. 

If you are complete beginner , I’ll teach you all the modelling fundamentals you’ll need. If you are programmer I’ll teach you how to make amazing models with less time for your games.

Intro to Game Design (Game Jam)

Introduction to Game Design for absolute beginners and people who want to participate in the HisarCS Game Jam.

Created by HisarCS .) - Hisar School Computer Science Team

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Students: 4493, Price: Free

We'll give you a brief introduction to game design and explain everything you need to know as a beginner. We've created the course for people who want to participate in our Game Jam, however, it is also suitable for beginners who want to know more about game design and get a hands on start in some of the platforms that are frequently used. This course covers 5 important concepts to know about game design, 10 principles of level design, interpreting the feeling of progression, music theory for gaming, the use of Bosca Ceoil for soundtracks and the use of Pixil Art for pixel asset design. After the completion of this course, you will be eligible to understand the design principles of a simple game for Game Jam. We highly encourage you to further your knowledge in game design after completing this course. We also encourage you to leave a constructive feedback so that this course could be updated and improved. This course is followed by the course on Unity game development and coding which will be available soon.

**** If you are interested in game design and development, you may want to join to HisarCS Game Jam and practice your knowledge. (Visit our website for more information) *****

How to get started in game development

Beginners guide to game development, game art, & game design.

Created by Game Developers Republic - Creating your own game, can be an exciting adventure!

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Students: 1623, Price: Free

It’s never been easier to not only create, but release your own game. Anyone can make a video game, no matter your age, gender, or location. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a master artist or programmer to create your own games. In fact, you can make a game without any art or programming skills whatsoever. These days, there are enough tools & resources that making games is easier than it’s ever been in the past, & not being able to create game art or write game code isn’t something that can stop you.

In this video series, we'll cover all the things you need to know to start your journey into game development. While this video isn’t a practical tutorial, like some of our other video series, this series is designed to give you all the knowledge & tools to get started in game development.

The videos in this course will cover:

  • Passion & dedication - #1 rule of game development.

  • Idea & concept - Game ideas.

  • Hardware - What Kind Of Computer Do You Need To Make Games.

  • Picking & learning a game engine

  • Programming & Scripting - Learning to program for games & How to develop games without programming  or scripting.

  • Art tools & Software - The best software & artist tools for making 2d & 3d game art.

  • Sound tools & software - The important of sound in games & FREE Video Game Sound effects, music, & software.

Creating games can be an exciting adventure, but there are many components that go into games, such as Art, programming, sound, effects, lighting, & so much more. So it’s easy to see how for many people, developing a game can seem like an overwhelming task, & not knowing where to begin.

Build Your First Unity Project for Game Development

Learn how to create video games using Unity, the world-leading free-to-use game development tool.

Created by Mammoth Interactive - Top-Rated Instructor, 800,000+ Students

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Students: 1303, Price: Free

We start super simple so you need no prior experience of Unity or coding! With our online tutorials, you'll be amazed at what you can achieve right from the first moment you start the course.

I had beginners and intermediate game developers on my mind when I structured this course, so it will not only give you all the information you need as a beginner, but it will also teach you advanced game development techniques if you already know how to make games. Every section in the course starts with basic information about the specific topic, and slowly progresses in difficulty as we finish every video.

The course is project-based as we believe this is the best way to learn Unity and C#. You will not just be learning dry programming concepts, but applying them immediately to real indie games as you go. All the project files will be included, as well as additional references and resources - you'll never get stuck. There are talking-head videos, powerful diagrams, quality screencasts and more.

Unity is a fantastic platform which enables you to make production-quality games. Furthermore these games can be created for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and Web from a single source! Get started today!

Create a modular dungeon in Unity

Modular level design for games

Created by Pete Jepson - Game Design Tutor

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Students: 1092, Price: Free

In this course I will be showing you how to create a dungeon level using modular game objects such as walls, floors and doorways. Modular game objects are designed so that you can arrange them in any order you like, almost like Lego bricks. They simply snap together, making it very easy to create hundreds of unique layouts.

We will be covering snapping techniques to build unique dungeon designs very quickly and easily.

We will also be covering lightmaps and prop placements.

By the end of this course you will have developed the skills to create your own levels using modular game objects from any asset packs available on the Unity asset store.

Modular level design is a key skill when creating video games and it will improve your ability to quickly create impressive levels for your own games.

All of the assets used in this course are available to download for free from the Unity asset store.

You don't need any previous experience as I will be showing you how to create everything from a blank canvas through to completed design. This course does not contain any scripting or coding and is designed with beginner learners in mind, although the techniques can be useful for people who already use Unity for their projects.