Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.02.2020 - 28.02.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Liisa Ikonen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

3 and 4

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course explores how game design can be used as a tool and method for art and performance making. The course focuses on the implementation of game mechanics, like chance and strategy, into the context of a performance. The course explores game mechanics by exploring tabletop board games and how the games could translate into performative situations.


Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In this course students will familiarize themselves with the basics of game design by creating playable table top games. The course emphasizes text and language as part of the games and as a material for game development, game design and game and gaming inspired performances. In the course students learn strategies to apply aspects and methods of games and game design into performative contexts. In the course students apply practical methods to create and explore scenarios inspired and informed by games and game design. The students learn to observe and discuss relationships between game design, art, performance making, text and theatre.


Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

80% participation in lectures and completion of independent work. Attending the first lessons is required

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, demonstrations, guided work and independent work

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pass / Fail

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Maximum number of students is 20.

-          4 students (including exchange students) from Aalto University, 6 students (including 2 exchange students) from University of Arts Theatre Academy, Degree programme in Lighting Design, 4 students from University of Arts Theatre Academy, Degree programme in Sound Design, 4 students from Theatre Academy, Degree programme in Writing and 2 students from Theatre Academy, Degree programme in Directing.


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