Aalto University Summer School

Game Design

This multidisciplinary course brings together game design’s artistic and technical aspects. Students will learn the different approaches to contemporary independent game development, emphasising the prototyping skills required to transform their ideas into original, interactive experiences.
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Teaching period:


Application period:

1.2.2023 – 31.5.2023

Course format:



2 weeks part-time

Course level:


Field of study:

Art and design




Aalto University

Tuition fees:

500€ non-degree students, 0€ Aalto students and nominated exchange students

The future of games is brighter than ever. More accessible and powerful design software has provided creators from a wider range of backgrounds with the tools to express themselves for an expanding audience of game players around the world. As the games industry continues to grow ever more inclusive, the value of such new voices has never been higher.

This multidisciplinary course can be considered a crash course in the many ways game design can be utilised as a creative and rewarding medium. Artistic and technical aspects of game design will be presented to students as they develop their original game ideas. The practical and theoretical foundations of game design are explained across a series of lectures, supported via insights from industry and research, and a parallel set of prototyping workshops covering a wide range of game design tools.

The course is open to any student interested in the topic, and no previous experience in game design or programming is required. The course is focused on low-code/no-code tools and independent work. By taking this course, you will learn about the art of game design and how to harness its power to transform your own ideas into unique, playful prototypes.

Summer school teacher interview: Try the different forms that games can take in the Game Design summer course

Edward Morrell describes it as a crash course in the many ways game design can be utilised as a creative and rewarding medium.

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