|40h / 115 h / 270 h||40 study hours for the basics / 115 study hours for Game Design Certificate / 270 study hours for 10 European Credits (ECTS) for your degree.|
|Course Type||Learn at your own pace. 100% Online.|
|Level||Beginner to Pro.|
|Requirements||None. No previous experience is required.|
|Game Design Certificate||Earn a Game Design Certificate upon completion.|
Learn game design theory like why we play games, what are the components of a game and what is the core loop of a game.
Learn how game design work and learn about the game design process from with the idea to product.
Learn all about what it is like to be a game designer. Understand what it requires to be a game designer. Improve you prospects in getting a game design job.
Receive various Templates, Checklists, Guidelines and Tools to help you in your game design work.
Learn with over 50 tough but extremely educational exercises based on real-life challenges. For example, how would you create a Naval Battle game that would keep player's excited for weeks?
Learn to distinguish game idea types and how to improve any idea into a complete, well working and fun game idea.
Use the Game Design Canvas to quickly design your game. The Canvas tool is fast, you can create a complete game in 20 mins and have it shown and understood in 1 minute.
How will it be integrated to a game and where is the story told? Learn all about it!
Core-Ext-Wish is a super powerful and many many many times used tool to streamline production. It has provided amazing results and is highly recommended for any team during game development.
Just about every page has atleast one exercise if not many more. The exercises are very much liked and considered to be really really helpful. They can also be very demanding ;) Each exercise comes with a Solution, an Example or a 'Do Nots', or all of these.
On these pages we'll use Tetris as a reference game. Within each page and exercise when possible Tetris will be used as a sample to help you clearly understand and help you follow the matter at hand.
Look for this icon to see how this topic would apply for Tetris.
For Tetris, its unique thing is the mechanics. When introduced, it was something totally new. Many games have created copies or similar games with same block elements, but with different gameplay mechanics.
100 Published games
30+ Industry Awards
Creator of Finland's biggest game education's
20 years game industry experience
12 years game design experience
10 years internationl game design teaching
1000+ game ideas, game concepts, start-ups reviewed
4.6 / 5 rated lecturer
Juror for international game competitions
Board member of Finnish game industry hub Neogames
Entrepreneur & startup mentor
Juha has worked in many roles in the industry: from Game Developer to Lead Game Designer and now General Manager.
Multiple awards include game of the year awards, editor's choises, gold awards and winning competitions.
To make a great game is not just about developing it. It needs to have a great game design in place.
Game Design School will teach you how to make that happen and make you into a certified designer.
It will also help you get to the industry. Developers who know game design do better!It will also be helpful for anyone in the industry or for startups.
Many of our former students now work in known game companies after studying here.
This varies depending on the plan.
Basic includes a basic set of pages but enough to give you really good understanding about game design.
Pro includes all the pages, plus videos and you will receive a Certificate upon completing the 8 Certificate Exercises.
Master is the same as Pro but includes also 10 European Credits.
Please contact to get detailed industry level feedback for your concept or game demo.
This is site is created by a multi awarded Finnish game industry veteran Juha Huhtakallio who has a long history reviewing game designs and teaching game design and doing game design.
It's for all beginners, game designers, game artists and game programmers.
It's for beginners looking to learn about game design and for game developers looking to understand more about game creation.
Please notice that no previous experience, programming skill or art skills or any software is required. It's all here!
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There's multiple videos available. You may study the theory by watching the videos or by reading from the website.
There are templates for Concept Document, Design Document, Game Design Canvas, Feature Sheet and Pitch Deck to name a few.
Yes. This site has been sold to globally to numerous customers and educational facilities.