Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:  

  • Describe and apply the iterative game design process
  • Create and analyse board game rule systems on a prototype level

Credits: 3

Schedule: 17.05.2021 - 21.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Miikka Junnila

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Miikka Junnila

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course aims to develop understanding and skill in game design. The main focus is on how game systems are built and how the rules of the game turn into an experience. Important topics like characteristics of games, chance and skill, and meaningful decisions are touched on. A big part of the workshop is doing board game design exercises, that make the themes very concrete and also give the student an opportunity to train their skills in game design, without needing programming or other specific skills.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To pass the student needs to be present at least 80% of the time and finish the board game exercises.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    One full intensive week with lectures and group work (40h)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Jesse Schell: The Art of Game Design - A Book of Lenses

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Substitutes the old course with the same name with a different credit maximum (DOM-E5088).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:




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