HTML5 Game Development Mini-Degree

HTML5 allows you to create games that are lightweight, responsive, and completely cross-platform. Not only does it make building and updating games fast, but it’s also incredibly versatile, making it the perfect choice for both beginner and more experienced developers alike.

With the HTML5 Game Development Mini-Degree, you’ll code and create impressive 2D games with HTML5 and Phaser, the popular and powerful JavaScript library designed for rendering games across different platforms. You’ll learn by building real projects that will form a strong professional portfolio, and gain skills that will set you up for success as a game developer.


You will master:

  • Cross-platform games with Phaser
  • Physics, sprites, and tilemaps
  • Animations and camera effects
  • APIs for webapps and multiplayer games using Node.js and Express
  • Async programming with JavaScript
  • Memory-efficient game structures with Kontra.js



Level 1 HTML5 Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 1: Game Development 101
  • Learn to code in JavaScript
  • Building games in Phaser
  • Collision detection
  • Basic camera effects

Level 2 HTML5 Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 2: Building Interactivity
  • Interactive objects
  • Input events
  • Game audio
  • Tween animations

Level 3 HTML5 Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 3: Expanding Capabilities
  • Using multiple scenes
  • Basic folder organization
  • Dragging and dropping
  • Spritesheet animations

Level 4 HTML5 Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 4: Popular Game Mechanics
  • Platformer mechanics
  • Object spawning
  • 2D physics engine
  • Using the cursor keys

Level 5 HTML5 Mini-Degree Learning Goals

Level 5: Intermediate Skills
  • Intermediate JavaScript
  • APIs with Node.js & Express
  • Games with Kontra.js


100% Beginner-Friendly

This curriculum gives you all the tools needed to develop HTML5 games – featuring introductory modules for those who have never coded before, to intermediate courses perfect for more experienced developers looking to branch out into new specializations, this Mini-Degree is designed to help you succeed.


Why Build HTML5 Games?

HTML5 is quickly becoming a must-know for developers, as it’s used throughout the world. Not only does HTML5 allow for cross-platform development, which is important given many gamers play on different devices, but it is also increasingly being adopted by other industries as the default markup language for their websites.

Bar graph showing devices used for gaming

Line chart showing historical HTML5 usage trends

HTML5 games join the rest of the gaming industry is seeing vast amounts of revenue growth. Many popular games have also been made with HTML5 (or ported to HTML5) to take advantage of its ease of access and compatibility with evolving technologies!

Line graph showing the worldwide games market revenue forecast

List of popular HTML5 games (source and ported)

This curriculum is suitable for complete beginners with no prior coding experience.
Why should I learn programming?

We’re living in the age of technology. In every industry, demand for developers is high and continues to rise, yet there’s a shortage of skilled developers. As a result, there’s a huge number of exciting opportunities out there for developers who want to take them.

By mastering the skills taught in these courses, you’ll prepare yourself for roles in a wide range of industries. Whether you want to work in a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you’ll learn in-demand knowledge and techniques that will help you to succeed.

What will I achieve by taking these courses?

You’ll not only learn the most in-demand modern languages, frameworks, and tools, but also how to apply them to your own projects and real-world situations.

Additionally, as our courses are primarily project-based, as you learn you’ll develop a rock-solid professional portfolio that can be used to impress potential employers.

Technology changes quickly. What happens if the content becomes outdated?

We’re committed to providing you with the most up-to-date, relevant content. If one of our courses becomes outdated due to modern practices, we’ll update it. Often, we’ll even remake it entirely using the latest versions of the languages, tools and frameworks.

We’re committed to keeping up with cutting-edge developments in the industry, and turn this knowledge into new courses, which we publish every month.

I’m an absolute beginner who’s never coded before. Can I still do these courses?

Yes, you can! We have entry-level courses on all key topics, and each of our curriculums feature guided learning paths that show you what courses are needed to reach your goals.

Additionally, if you need a little extra help, we have expert mentors on hand to answer any course-related questions that you might have.

What time commitment is needed?

We get that you’re busy, and so we’ve designed our courses to be completely flexible, so you can learn at your own pace and fit your courses around your schedule.

While we recommend that you put in at least a few hours a week (the more hours put in, the more you’ll get out!) there are no time limits or deadlines that you need to worry about.

Will these courses help me to change my career?

Many of our students have been able to successfully change their careers, land their dream job, get promoted, and even start their own businesses… and you have the potential to do the same!

You can also combine your existing skills with your new tech skills, and expand your career, rather than changing it completely.

Our courses have been designed to teach you highly transferable skills, and leave you with strong projects that can be added to your professional portfolio – whatever you want to do, we’ll help to get you there!

Can I watch the videos offline?

All courses on Zenva Academy can be accessed both on our online learning platform, and via the Zenva app (available for iOS and Android). The Zenva app features both online and offline access, so you can securely download your courses and complete them at your leisure.

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