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About the Course

Welcome! This course is an introduction to the primary concepts of gaming, and an exploration of how these basic concepts affect the way gamers interact with our games. In this course you will understand what defines a “game” and the mechanics and rules behind different types of games. Through four linked assignments you'll learn ways to create and describe a game concept, and specifically what makes a compelling game. This course focuses on the conceptual underpinnings of games, and all assignments can be completed with a pencil and paper – no previous programming knowledge is required....

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TN
Apr 12, 2020

I really loved doing this course. Learnt how to make a simple game and make it really interesting! I loved how the easily the instructor was able to teach us and make us curious throughout the course.

DG
Feb 12, 2020

The lecture videos from Professor Fran and his old friend were surprisingly entertaining. Kudos to the team because they were able to make it fun, informative, and engaging throughout the four weeks.

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By Maria V N

Nov 9, 2020

I liked it a lot, learned a lot on how to create a game, any kind of game, not just video games.

By Nathalie H

Oct 18, 2019

Excellent course! I learned a lot through the activities and classes, and the teacher was great!

By Tata D

Jan 25, 2016

a wonderful teaching! Im so sad that cant study offline at this place with so interesting people

By Dimitar K

Oct 27, 2015

Easy to understand and very fluent introduction into the world of game design. I liked it a lot!

By Thunder C

Jun 30, 2021

the method of explanation was just amazing it never feels like a course but more like enjoyment

By Gerardo A S F

Aug 17, 2020

It's perfect for knowing the bases of how a game works and how the elements make it what it is.

By Izzy H

Apr 25, 2020

Super fun to do, and really got me thinking creatively. I had so much fun creating my own game!

By Rehanna L

May 2, 2016

This course was fun and informative, with many lessons demonstrating the concepts being relied.

By Amanda W

Mar 22, 2016

Great introduction to game design. I love that it was very practical, and invited you to create

By Shireen A A

Jan 8, 2016

Great course.. Helps awaken the creativity in you. The lectures are clear and fun to listen to.

By Andrey K

Oct 22, 2015

Really loved this course as it goes through basics of game design in an engaging and funny way.

By Fedra N M V

Jul 8, 2021

Fran was amazing, he has a very entertaining way of teaching. I want to take all his courses!

By David B

Mar 14, 2021

Excellent course that is progressive and can end up with a nicely developed paper based game.

By Diego G I

Aug 24, 2020

A very good introductionary course, with good explanations, great activities and nice pacing.

By zhangmeng

Oct 3, 2016

I like this class very much, the teacher is very interesting, the video is also very lively,

By Pedro A M H S

Mar 27, 2021

Un curso muy entretenido e interesante para aquellos a los que les fascine todo este mundo.

By Tasneem Q

Mar 24, 2020

Fun and depends on practical side, got some awesome peer reviews the pushed my game forward

By W B

Jan 31, 2019

Great course by Mr. Fran and the team at CALARTS. Looking forward to complete this program!

By Fenja H

Feb 15, 2016

The videos are entertaining to watch and to develop a paper-based game as assignment isfun.

By Luis P

Oct 13, 2015

So far, a great course to start on game design. Lessons are fun and full of thing to learn!

By Katherine M

Jun 9, 2020

The projects were really fun and the instructor made everything simple and understandable.

By Troy N

Oct 11, 2018

Deceptively simple at first but becomes much more involved. Excellent through simplicity.

By Lvdi W

Dec 27, 2015

Short and easy-to-take, the courses teaches some of the essential elements of game design.

By supriya s

Mar 30, 2020

The course is excellent for anyone who wants to start building career in gaming industry!

By 罗杰

Apr 19, 2018

Simple course, but useful to me. I learn how to start game design by a correct direction.