A 30 week long online, beginner-friendly bootcamp designed to teach you the skills to secure a career in Game Development. 

Game Development Program Syllabus

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Program Overview

Vertex School Game Development Program


This program is specifically designed to teach students the skills required to secure a career working in Game Development. 

Game development skills are in high demand across the globe with demand for these skills increasing 601% faster than the job market overall.

Not only are game development skills needed in the industries of video games, film, XR, and the metaverse, but also in industries like architecture and construction, civil engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, graphic design, interior design, automotive, and manufacturing to name a few... 

Common Job Titles

Game Developer, Tech Artist, Unreal Engine Generalist, Game Designer, AR/VR Developer, AR/VR Designer, Game Programer, Product Manager

Program Delivery

  • Entirely virtual
  • Pre-recorded videos on demand
  • Live class sessions
  • One on one or small group live mentorship
  • Online student labs
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Limited to 30 students

Topics We Cover

  • 3D Modeling Workflows
  • Game Resolution Techniques
  • UV Layout
  • Texturing for PBR
  • Rendering in Unreal Engine
  • Unreal Engine Mastery
  • Advanced Materials
  • Advanced Blueprint
  • C++ in Unreal
  • Game Design Fundamentals

Time Commitment

  • 30 weeks total
  • Minimum: 20+ hours per week
  • Recommended: 30+ hours per week 
  • Meet twice per week then complete your work on your own schedule
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Term 1

Intro to Game Development

Skill Building Topics and Assignments
  • Create Real-Time, PBR Props
  • Create a fully realized scene in Unreal Engine
  • Create rich PBR Materials
  • Create editor tools in Blueprint
  • Create animations with Sequencer

Term 2

Game Development

Skill Building Topics and Assignments
  • Create Particle Systems in Niagara
  • Create Gameplay Events in Blueprint
  • Create an Action RPG

During this term you will use everything you’ve learned to develop your Game Development Capstone project while learning additional key elements for presenting it as a strong portfolio piece.

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Vertex School Unreal Authorized Training Center

Vertex School is an Unreal Authorized Training Center

This ensures that our students receive the highest quality of Unreal Engine learning and allows us to best prepare students for the current job market. It also means that Epic is supporting us in our training process!

Vertex School Mentors

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Where Our Graduates Work

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What Our Students Are Saying

Noah Fischer Game Development Program Vertex School

"After almost 6 years working in the creative marketing industry as a videographer, I decided to pursue my passion for game development.

I recently completed my 6-month tenure at Vertex, during which I successfully created two unique first-person action game demos. I’m so happy I decided to choose Vertex School!

If you don’t want to commit to a four-year university, Vertex is an outstanding alternative that will expose you to different practices in game development, work with you in both group and one-on-one settings, and provide critical feedback on your projects from industry professionals.

People of all ages and experience levels in my cohort were able to share their work together and ultimately play test each others’ games at the end of each term. I continue to participate daily in Vertex’s community discord where I have made friends, joined live events hosted by impressive guests from the industry, and gotten valuable career advice.

I would have nowhere near the experience level and confidence I have gained over the last 6 months had I not signed up for their Game Development Program.

If you’re just starting out with no experience, looking to make a switch from say Game Art or Game Design, or just looking to enhance your existing Game Development experience, I highly recommend Vertex School." -Noah Fischer

"I find it helpful and refreshing that the course structure is set up in such a way that it allows students to create something of their own while learning the course content. The game design process is broken down into iterative steps through each week’s lessons. As we learn new content we are able to add something new to our games.

As someone who has a tendency for imposter syndrome, it feels incredibly rewarding to look back at the game that I’ve made and feel proud knowing that it is a product of what I’ve learned and my own hard work.

Watching my game progress from week 1 as some gray cubes on a blank plane into an immersive playable experience feels very rewarding... My mentors Matt Board and Paul Layton have been beyond helpful in guiding me through the learning process and solving unforeseen problems. 

My experience with Vertex School has been quite positive. Instructors are incredibly helpful and willing to set aside time to assist with any issues. Class sessions are very insightful and instructors actively support the student’s game development process during class by reviewing their work and offering valuable advice." -Katelyn Salo

"I recommend Vertex School to all aspiring game artists and/or game developers looking for a fast-paced and condensed program for learning industry-relevant skills. It’s great for people who aren’t interested in attending a college or university but who have the time and effort to not only put into their work but also to go beyond what is required and to push their work even further.

I am sincerely thankful to Vertex School for granting me the opportunity not only to learn new techniques but also to refine my skills during my participation in their game art and game development programs. This transformative journey led to the development of a polished prop capstone and the successful release of a small game demo.

I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Vertex School for providing me with this invaluable learning experience and a platform to showcase my abilities." -Shayne Martin

Next Cohort Starts January 8th, 2024


Application Process

Step 1

Submit Your Application

Complete a 10-15 minute application covering your background, goals, and experiences.

Step 2

Schedule Your Interview

Meet with an Admissions Representative to discuss your application, walk through the program structure, and find out which program is the best fit.

Step 3


Complete online enrollment with your Admissions Representative and pay tuition.

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Check Out the Vertex School Blog  

Game Development Program Student Experience with Katelyn Salo

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