Introduction to Game Design

Welcome! This course is an introduction to the primary concepts of gaming, and an exploration of how these basic concepts affect the way gamers interact with our games. In this course you will understand what defines a “game” and the mechanics and rules behind different types of games. Through four linked assignments you'll learn ways to create and describe a game concept, and specifically what makes a compelling game. This course focuses on the conceptual underpinnings of games, and all assignments can be completed with a pencil and paper – no previous programming knowledge is required.

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Institution California Institute of the Arts
Instructor Fran Krause
Length 4 weeks, 2-3 hours/week
Price Free (with limitations) or $79 for a Verified Certificate
Language English (English)
Subjects Computer Science Design And Product Software Development
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of game design

!Excellent course to establish basic concepts of game design.

...couldn't stop watching videos until the very end of the course…

easy to understand

The material was delivered in a fun and easy to understand manner.

:)Clear, easy to understand, very helpful.So much fun and great for beginners through advanced gamers…

Thank you for creating it.Fun course, not much depth…

fran krause

...still keeping it very educative and challenging.

Fran Krause's teaching style is both engaging and fun.

so much is fun, so it was worth trying it.This class was so much fun…

an introduction

It's truly an introduction to the field.

This course teaches valuable skills*


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