Unreal Game Development Mini-Degree

Used by indie and AAA game developers alike, the Unreal Engine is a real-time 3D creation platform known for creating games with photorealistic visuals and lifelike animation. With its unique Blueprints Visual Scripting system, this powerful engine allows you to easily build your own games even if you’ve never coded before. Unreal Engine is also royalty-free until a game earns $1 million, making it one of the most popular engines in the game development industry.

In the Unreal Game Development Mini-Degree, you’ll build your own FPS games, platformers, RPGs, and more using the Unreal Engine.  While creating these portfolio-worthy projects, you’ll learn in-demand skills that will help you to pursue your own projects and launch a successful hobby or career.

 

You will learn:

  • Unreal Engine’s various features
  • Using the Blueprints Visual Scripting system
  • Animation controls with state machines
  • Materials and lighting
  • Controlling gameplay flow
  • Various game genre mechanics

 

Build Unreal Games

Create a portfolio of Unreal Engine game projects, including:

 

Curriculum

Unreal Engine Learning Goals for Level 1

Level 1: Unreal Engine Basics
  • Tools overview
  • Objects, physics, & lighting
  • Blueprints Visual Scripting
  • Your first mini-projects

Unreal Engine Learning Goals for Level 2

Level 2: Beginner-Friendly Games
  • Player movement
  • 3D level construction
  • Collectibles & enemies
  • Interaction systems

Unreal Engine Learning Goals for Level 3

Level 3: Arcade Games
  • Grid-based movement
  • Plane-oriented movement
  • Moving obstacles
  • Scoring systems

Unreal Engine Learning Goals for Level 4

Level 4: First-Person Shooter
  • First-person player & camera
  • Shooting mechanics
  • Animated enemies
  • Damage, ammo, & pickups

Unreal Engine Learning Goals for Level 5

Level 5: Action RPG
  • Orbiting camera
  • Animation Blueprints
  • Attack & blocking mechanics
  • Terrain creation

Unreal Engine Learning Goals for Level 6

Level 6: Strategy Games
  • Unit movement
  • Turn-based & real-time gameplay
  • Blueprint inheritance
  • Strategy combat & puzzles

 

100% Beginner-Friendly

The Unreal Game Development Mini-Degree has been designed to make it easy for anyone to learn how to build their own games – they’re 100% beginner-friendly and no prior programming experience is needed to get started.

Unreal Engine’s unique Blueprints Visual Scripting system makes it incredibly easy for complete beginners to start creating – plus, our introductory courses will help you to quickly master the basics.

 

Understand the concepts behind game development

The Unreal Game Development Mini-Degree goes beyond surface-level content – it’s designed to give you a fundamental understanding of the concepts behind creating games.

That way, you’ll be able to apply the skills that you’ve learned to building your own 3D projects.

 

Why Learn Game Development with Unreal?

All around the globe, the game development industry is seeing massive revenue increases, with the market expected to continue to grow by billions of dollars each year. Having been used by many AAA game studios to create some of the world’s most popular games, Unreal’s proven track record makes it a top choice for game development. Skills with Unreal are also in high demand in a number of other industries, including film, architecture, training, simulation, and more, setting you up for success across a wide range of sectors for years to come.

Bar graph showing number of companies in each industry using Unreal Engine

List of popular games made with Unreal Engine

Average salaries for various game dev related positions

Linechart showing the global games market forecast until 2025

YOUR COURSES, YOUR WAY

Learn with project-based courses that are designed to be flexible – access them 24/7, fit them around your schedule, and choose the learning materials that suit you best.

You can even download your course videos and watch them offline using the Zenva app, available on iOS and Android.

✅ Watch video lessons

✅ Read text summaries

✅ Explore interactive lessons

✅ Practice with source code

✅ Build real projects

✅ Earn completion certificates

ACHIEVE REAL RESULTS

Our community of 1,000,000+ learners and developers have used the skills learned with us to publish their own games and websites, land their dream jobs, and even start their own businesses – and you have the potential to do the same!

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The Unity courses at Zenva helped me achieve a level of comfort with game development that I didn’t think was possible. They give you the confidence to expand your skills, and were so easy to understand.

LEARN FROM WORLD-CLASS INSTRUCTORS

Our course instructors participate in elite developer programs and have been recognized for their demonstrated excellence in development and teaching.

That way, you can be confident that you’re learning the most up-to-date content from industry experts.

This curriculum is suitable for complete beginners with no prior coding experience. A computer capable of running Unreal Engine will be needed.
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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