Turku, Finland

Game Design

blended course
when 5 August 2024 - 16 August 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 75

Game design combines both artistic and scientific thinking resulting in exciting and immersive experiences.

A game designer not only comes up with the idea for a game but also maintains and refines the vision throughout the development process. All this requires knowledge from myriad types of topics ranging from low-level core mechanics to building new worlds and characters – and interacting with the other members of the development team to make it all real.

The creative journey begins here. Will you join us?

The students will learn the theory behind game design and how to carry it out in practice as an individual game designer and as a part of a design group. The topics are approached from historical, developmental and creative perspectives. The course proceeds through cycles of theory, game analysis and practical design exercises.

The start of the course is completed online.

Course leader

University of Turku

Jouni Smed, University lecturer; Iris Moreno Fernandez, Teacher

Target group

Undergraduate students with at least two years completed of Bachelor’s studies in any field.

Course aim

By the end of the course the student

-understands the role and requirements of a game designer in the overall game development process
-is capable of taking a specialized role in designing user interfaces, core mechanics or levels
-can set up and manipulate the internal economy of a game and knows how to use it in game balancing or tweaking the difficulty and gameplay progression
-knows how to work with an in-house or outside customer to create a design
-can develop iteratively a game design from an idea through a concept into a game design document

Fee info

EUR 75: The course fee includes:

- Registering to the course and customer service
- Teaching, study facilities in Turku