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Level Design Master Class – All in One Complete Course by Emilio Padulo (01.2022 Update)


Release date:2020

Duration:14 h 09 m

Author: Emilio Padulo, Too Much Sugar Productions

Skill level:Beginner


Exercise files:Yes

What Will I Learn?
Learn Level Design in Unreal Engine and Unity
Complete Introduction into Level Design
Comprehensive look at the larger scale of Rational Design
How to build an Immersive Composition in a Level
How to effectively guide a player through a Level using Mise en scene
Using Architecture to create an engaging experience for the Player
Keeping an efficient workflow as a Level Designer

Willingness to learn the craft of Level Designing

Level Design Master Class Series: All in One Complete Course

Why this course is special
This course not only covers the basics of what Level Design is. But it also goes further as we look at Key fundamentals, best practices, and what makes a good level designer that is industry-ready.

This course isn’t going to be someone talking over power points for 8+ hours. People need to see theory in practice. This course will offer students access to level designers, building scenes and teaching at the same time, showcasing not only the theory but how it will be represented in both Unity and Unreal Engine. There are also many Documents, Assignments, and Quizzes throughout the course.

The Course Structure
The course is almost all videos with reference articles, books, and videos.
After you finish this course, I guarantee you will be a stronger level designer and be able to apply essential principles to your designs.

The course is structured into 12 Main Sections.
Section 2: Introduction to Level Design
In this section, as previously stated, we will look at what a level designer is. We look at the differences between game design and level design. We then shift our focus to how level designers use ingredients and mechanics in their levels to create a more robust and intuitive gameplay experience all the while respecting a precise balance and pacing. We will also look at the different types of audiences that are present in the community. Finally, we talk about production phases and when a level designer will be current in the process.

Section 3 Setting up Unreal Engine
We will start setting ourselves up with Unreal Engine 4. We look at how to download and run the engine and take a glance at how the Engine is set up. A brief look at an over Layout of the driver and where everything is. We will then play around and build our first level using this engine to get familiar with it. We finish with some quick takeaways about how and where to find information.

Section 4: Setting up Unity
We will start setting ourselves up with Unity. We look at how to download and run the engine and take a glance at how the Engine is set up. A brief look at an over Layout of the engine and where everything is. We will then play around and build our first level using this engine to get familiar with it. We finish with some quick takeaways about how and where to find information.

Section 5: Rational Design (Being recorded)
Ration Design is designed on a larger scale. In this section, we will look at some simple questions that have to be answered before we design rationally. Looking at the difference between Top to Bottom and vice versa for creating our levels/ games. How to design with a dominant theme and some key fundamentals that go into level design

Section 6: Composition in Level Design
This is one of the theories of substantial sections in the course. We will not only talk about how to theoretically use Layers (foreground, background, and center of interest), but we will also learn how to design key observation parameters such as low angle, flat angle, high angle, etc… We will create all of these examples inside of Unity/ Unreal game engine in practice, to get a better understanding of how effective these types of components can affect a player. After that, we learn how to distribute the visual weight inside a scene through asymmetric, symmetric compositions. Finally, we will talk about some details that can be used and things that can catch a player’s eye.

Section 7: Guiding the Player
To guide the player, a level designer must carefully craft his level to lead them in the right direction. It can be easier said than done. Some of these fundamental practices can be lines. In this section, we look at how to use horizontal, vertical, oblique and curved lines in level design to create a direction that we want to player to go in without them even knowing that they are being guided that way intentionally. We will use in-game examples with Unity/Unreal to showcase some effective ways to use these lines. We will also look at how dominants in a level are crucial points of guidance for the player and using the space and area needed to do that.

Section 8: Architecture in Level Design (Being recorded)
When it comes to designing the space a player with engaging and interact with, they’re a lot of critical things to remember. Depending on what style, genre, and flow the game designers have laid out, the architecture must respect the core fundamentals of the game. That being said, the level design concerning architecture is crucial to create an immersive experience for the player. Everything must be to scale. When it comes to creating real-world games, research must be done concerning the already existing areas to create a better workflow. Some other crucial topics we will look at are spatial arrangements in architecture, figure and ground, form – void, Genius Loci, and much more.

Section 9: A Level Designer’s Workflow
Now when it comes to workflow, just like building a level, there is a very effective way to design your level. In this section, we will look at how we can take the idea that we have. Set a theme, location, and setting for it and then create our project purpose with it. From there, we start designing the features that will take place in the project(mechanics, ingredients, etc…). After that, we begin collecting references for what we want to design, so we have a clear goal/focus of what our desired design will be. If we want we can create the lore/story of our game at this point to flesh out our characters even more and create an attachment for our player towards the nature of their playing.

Section 10:How to Build a Level (Next)
In this section, we will look at the work that must go into building a level. It’s not just jumping in an engine and playing around. When a very distinct level curve is set, and the pacing is determined, some work must be done to create the flow efficiently. We will look at how the ramping difficulty in terms of using mechanics, ingredients, and enemies. How to design gameplay beats to get a fell of the level. Creating a 3 act structure inside our level. How our level fits inside the structure of the pacing and mixing all the ingredients to make a high level. I will showcase some excellent level design examples where this is represented in and explain how this affects how a gameplay sequence is created.

Section 11: Bonus: Creating a Final Level (Being recorded)
In this Bonus section, we will do a small look at how to design a final level in a game, level sequence, or zone. One great principle is the power play sequence where we look at how we can empower the player. There are some tips and tricks in what an excellent final level is, and how we can optimize for player experience and enjoyment

My Guarantee
For every student that joins the course, they will be able to ask questions about their games and how to go about using color to develop them. I will be available to answer all questions for all of my students.

Certification of completion when finishing this course
When you complete 100% of the videos in this course, you will be emailed a certificate of completion by Udemy so you can show it as proof of your expertise and that you have completed a certain number of hours of instruction in the course topic.

Who is the target audience?
Level Designer
Game Designers
Game Developers

Watch online or Download for Free
01 – Introduction

001 Course Overview
002 The Choice Between Unity & Unreal
003 The Mission

02 – Introduction to Level Design

001 Inroduction to Level Design
002 What is a Level Designer
003 Game vs Level Designer What is the real Difference
005 Ingredients Mixing up a Winning Formula
006 Mechanics The Actions of a Player
007 Level Design Process Part 1
008 Level Design Process Part 2
009 Gamer Audiences Catering to the main 4
010 Production Phases Its like a WOW Boss, so many different phases

03 – Setting up Unreal Engine

002 Introduction to Unreal Engine
003 Unreal Engine Setup
004 Unreal Engine Interface
005 Unreal Geometry
006 Our First Level Design Grid
009 Our First Level Design Recreating in Unreal
010 Unreal Takeaways

04 – Setting up Unity Engine

002 Introduction to Unity
003 Unity Setup
004 Unity Interface
005 ProBuilder Tutorial
007 Our First Level Design Grid
008 Our First Level Design Recreating in Unity
009 Unity Takeaways

05 – Level Designer’s Workflow

001 Introduction to Level Design Workflow
002 Goal of the project
003 Setting up our Project
004 Our Concept
005 Setting up our theme
007 Features
008 Refrences
009 Story
010 Choosing our Dominant
011 Art Direction

06 – Maps, Level Breakdown and Design Document

001 Introduction to Mapping
002 Theory about Level Design Mapping Part 1
003 Theory about Level Design Mapping Part 2
004 Theory about Level Design Mapping Part 3
006 Theory about Level Design Mapping Part 4
007 Theory about Level Design Mapping Part 5
010 Level Design Document Part 1
011 Level Design Document Part 2
012 Level Design Document Part 3
013 Mapping Section Summary

07 – Composition in Level Design

001 Introduction to Composition in Level Design
002 Composition Layers
003 Foreground Layers
004 Center of Interest
005 Background Layers
006 Staffage
007 Observation Parameters
008 Sight Angle
009 Composition Angle
010 Low Angle
011 Flat Angle
012 High Angle
013 Front Angle
014 Half – Front Angle
015 Half – Side Angle
016 Side Angle
017 Observation Spots
018 Static (symmetric) Composition
019 Dynamic (Asymmetric) Composition
020 Balance
021 Asymmetric Composition (No Balance)
022 Asymmetric Composition (balanced)
023 Symmetric Composition (Balanced)

08 – Guiding The Player

001 Level Designers ToolKit Whats in the Box!!
002 Audio Do you hear me now Good
003 Details All the minute ones too
004 Lines In all directions
005 Horizontal Lines As far as the camera can see
006 Vertical Lines How high can you go
007 Curved Lines Snakes have nothing on this curves
008 Colors The whole rainbow
009 Lighting I see art assets! Theyre everywhere!
011 Motion It Lives!

09 – Building Our 3D Level (Unity)

001 Section Overview
002 Refresher
003 Section 1
004 Section 2
005 Section 3
006 Section 4
007 Section 5
008 Recap Assets
009 Asset Placing in Section 1
010 Asset Placing in Section 2
011 Asset Placing in Section 3
012 Asset Placing in Section 4
013 Asset Placing in Section 5
014 Asset Tuning and Tweaking
015 Asset Tweaking Lighting
016 Asset Tweaking Terrain

10 – Building Our 3D Level (Unreal Engine)

001 Section Overview
002 Refresher
003 Section 1
004 Section 2
005 Section 3
006 Section 4
007 Section 5
008 Recap Assets
009 Assets Placing Section 1
010 Assets Placing Section 2
011 Assets Placing Section 3
012 Assets Placing Section 4
013 Assets Placing Section 5
014 Assets Tweaking + Environmental Affixes
015 Assets Tweaking + Lighting Skybox

11 – Breaking into the Industry as a Level Designer

001 Breaking into the Industry Section Overview
002 Research
003 Networking
004 Marketing
005 Cold Calls
006 Cover Letter
007 Portfolio
008 Resume
009 Website
010 Linkedin

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  1. Is this complete? The course structed says 12 section but the but the download section is only 7????

  2. Please provide an update for this course, it is now complete and it has over 12 chapters in it. Thank you!

  3. thank god these r on here for free, If i paid to listen to this guy talk level design theory for 6 hours and then proceed to do nothing but MELT your players PC w/ zero talk about optimization or memory management, about world partition level instancing, the game instance saving and loading from the game instance keeping variables persistent with the game instance+interfaces … lmfao 3 months of UE5 dev and I know more than this “Teacher” about how to actually design a level … smh they try to charge for this crap its insane

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