NDAK15004U Computer Game Development Project (DADIU)
MSc Programme in Computer Science
The purpose of this course is to teach the art and science of creating computer games.
During the course, students will be creating their own sub-engine part that will be integrated into the games being produced. The engine that must be designed and implemented has to add something new. For instance, one may implement algorithms to support data-driven character animation or procedural generation of terrain or worlds. The particular requirement for what the engine needs to solve change from year to year.
This course is given in collaboration with the Danish National Academy of Digital Interactive Entertainment (DADIU). Students from different universities and art schools are taught together in 3 phases: Joint curriculum, Game Workshop, and Graduation Game. Computer Science students are given the role of game programmer, possibly lead programmer.
The course is particularly relevant for students wishing to work with computer game creation after their studies.
Having completed this course, the student will have
- The theoretical basis for creating computer games.
- Different aspects and phases of the game development process.
- The key elements for successful teamwork.
- A concrete game implementation platform and development environment.
- Analyse and select the best algorithms and/or data structures for solving a given problem in a computer game.
- Implement complex program components for game logic, visual presentation, and/or player interaction.
- Evaluate, and possibly optimize, the performance of a computer game.
- Cooperate with a game production team as a game programmer.
- Participate in inter-disciplinary teamwork with multiple member roles, both technical and artistic.
- Take professional responsibility for a well-defined component or aspect of a large software development project.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Practical exercises
- Project work
Examples of feedback in DADIU:
- Process evaluation – approximately once a week in relation to a task. This type of feedback is non-technical.
- Peer reviews – part of the competence development students will conduct peer-review of each other’s code. This is technical feedback.
- Evaluation of content– at the end of DADIU the programmers will meet an experienced game industry programmer who will evaluate the process and technical solutions.
Pre-application at dadiu.dk by April 1.
- 30 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentContinuous assessment based on mandatory activities and 1-3 assignments, together with an individual final report and oral presentation.
The oral presentation at DIKU will be based on a report written about the engine and the algorithms therein.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Resubmission of assignments and/or final report, possibly supplemented by additional implementation work.
Criteria for exam assesment
See Learning Outcome.