The 12 best online game development courses, from free beginner classes to advanced certificate programs

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Whether you're a total beginner interested in game design, or a current programmer looking to switch career paths, there are several online courses for game development that span a variety of skill levels and specializations. 

Most courses arm students with the conceptual and technical knowledge needed to advance, plus projects for their portfolios and the option to earn a certificate of completion.

Below, you'll find a few of the best and most affordable options whether you want to dabble in a new hobby or up-skill to stand out in the job market. Courses range in specificity, length, and emphasis to best suit individual needs. 

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