The course

The Game Design course (or Game-ontwerp in Dutch) is given by Niels Aust and Anne Boumans as part of the Game Technology curriculum at Utrecht University, and it is also part of the games&interaction track of the Informatiekunde bachelor. The course is open to other students who are interested in games and game development.

The course will introduce students to game design in a broad sense. There are three aspects covered:

  1. Analyzing game design. You will learn terminology and theories, and apply these in the second and third assignment and the exam. Reasoning about game design: “What is the effect of a certain design decision on the experience of the game?” And also reasoning on a fundamental level: “What are games and what types of experiences can be created?”
  2. The role of the game designer. Communicating game ideas, creating design decisions, and properly evaluating a prototype. Executing tasks of the game designer in a game development team such as: communicating game ideas, creating design decisions, and properly evaluating a prototype. You will practice these skills in the first and second assignment.
  3. Knowledge of game design and the game development world. Knowing a game designer’s vocabulary is important to properly communicate with a development team. Having knowledge about the game development world and the societal context is essential for you to maneuver in the game industry. You will have to learn the material of each lecture which is assessed in the final exam.

All course material is in English, while the verbal language is Dutch. Student work can be done in either Dutch or English.

If you found this course interesting, there are two related minors which go deeper into the non-technical side of games. The minor game design which is taught at the HKU School of Arts, and the minor game studies which are taught at the humanities faculty of the UU. In general, the minor game design is about creation while the minor game studies are about understanding games (and their role in society).

Questions
E-mail one of the teaching assistants for questions about the practical assignments. The subject of your e-mail should start with [INFOB2GO] unless specified otherwise.

See the contact page on how to get in touch.