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How is a game designed? How does game design work?
Answers to these and much more are available from here. Learn to design games and become a game designer. Fix the problems in your game!


Game Design School will teach you game design. You will study the theory and learn very efficiently by doing extremely practical exercises. This course is a proven to work online course. You will receive many tools and methods used in designing games. The course is created by a game industry veteran who has worked with over 100 published games and received over 30 game industry awards. All material is in English.


None. No previous experience required.
Game Design does not require programming or art skills. No software required, everything required is here.
May be used by beginners and professionals.


During the course you will create a Game Concept from your idea which can then be developed into a great hit game!
The course will signicantly increase your prospects for a game design job.
After this course you can create and complete game designs, create a full game concept and design document from an idea, design all required features and deliver a complete game design. You will learn where to focus and which parts are crucial for the success of your game.

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Game Design Certificate

Upon completing the online game design course you will get an instructor signed game design certificate with the institutions logo to increase your job prospects!
Also 10 ECTS Credits are available as part of your degree.

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40h / 115 h / 270 h 40 study hours for the core / 115 study hours for Pro & Game Design Certificate / 270 study hours for Master and 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.
Language English (Chinese).
Game Design Certificate Earn a Game Design Certificate upon completion.

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Game Design Core Loop

What is game design?

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.

Game Design Process

How does game design work?

Learn how game design work and learn about the game design process from with the idea to product.

Become a Game Designer

Become a Video Game Designer

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.

Game Design Templates Tools Guidelines Design Doc

Templates, Checklists, Guidelines and Tools

Receive various Templates, Checklists, Guidelines and Tools to help you in your game design work.

Game Design Exercises

Learn with the Exercises

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?

Improve Your Game Idea

Make your game ideas stronger

Learn to distinguish game idea types and how to improve any idea into a complete, well working and fun game idea.

Quick Concepting Game Design Canvas

Quick designing and concepting

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.

Game storyline

Write a Great Story for a Game

How will it be integrated to a game and where is the story told? Learn all about it!

Game Design Problems and Solutions

Focus lost? Team overloaded?

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.


Exercise Exercises
Difficulty varies between Easy 1h and Hard 1d.

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.

xxxTETRISxxx SAMPLE xxxHEADERxxx Tetris Game Design Examples

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.


Instructor rating 4.6/5 (681 Reviews)

Game Design School Instructor

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.

Game Design School Awards

Multiple awards include game of the year awards, editor's choises, gold awards and winning competitions.

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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.
Core includes a core 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!

Yes. If you are not happy you may get a refund. Please contact us from here within 15 days.

Yes. We use the latest and biggest payment providers like Stripe and Paypal over an secured https connection. Your transaction will be safe.

Yes. We are secured in many ways. Our site uses the latest technology, is https and we are protected in many ways in addition to securing all our customer data.

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.


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