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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Introduction to Game Design by California Institute of the Arts

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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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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.


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 Muneeb U

Jul 21, 2021

This is a great course for those who are just starting to learn about game design. The assignments are very useful part of the course.

By Matias C

Jun 25, 2021

Simple and fine. It is important to structure your process. There may be many more tools, but this works ok for the conceptual aspects.

By Jaime R

Dec 22, 2015

Good course with good concepts but could do with a lot more depth. This course's content would be one week of content for other courses

By Trystyn J B

Nov 14, 2019

Fun and quirky, but felt a little bit too basic and easy. Hopefully the rest of the courses in this capstone will account for that.

By Robert M

Dec 15, 2016

There were a few problems with the app interface especially in the peer review section but a great introduction really enjoyed it.

By Carlo S C

Aug 15, 2016

A good course, with the using of peer review as an instrument of continuous confrontation, but lacks support from the staff.

By Diego A S R

Nov 22, 2021

Overall, great experience but I wish i had examples of the weekly tasks so i could know what kind of work i should submit.

By Костромин В В

Apr 8, 2016

Simply give more literature, and some expert opinion about some interesting jobs of week.

There is no communication at all

By William L

Dec 27, 2020

Good course with lots of solid game design fundamentals. The exercises are a great way to practice making a simple game.

By Mary P

Oct 14, 2015

A course with very clear, fun lectures. My only complaint is that I wish it had been a bit more detailed / complex.


Jul 15, 2020

It was really useful and i enjoyed a lot .the communication where understandable and interesting to learn.

By Gregorio M

Oct 9, 2022

A really good intro to game design where you will learn the basis to create a small game design document.

By Daniel C

Oct 25, 2015

Very good! The idea of delivering a work per week helped me develop the discipline and the creativity.

By Edgar H

Aug 2, 2016

Excelente, es una vision general de los 3 cursos consecutivos a este. Tiene un componente divertido!

By Chao Z

Nov 24, 2015

The instructor is a good story teller, teaching important skills from smalls tips which are useful.

By Marcelo S

Feb 9, 2021

An exceptional course with an amazing professor, but the gap between reviews can be more improved.

By Jorge T

May 16, 2016

It's pretty fun and indeed teaches the basics of game creation, however I found a bit simple.

By Domenic G

Sep 30, 2015

A fun course with a good instructor. it introduces a simple process for brainstorming ideas.

By Cessna

Mar 26, 2016

Clear and simple. Suitable for beginners.

But most of the contents are rather too intuitive.

By Vidyasagar G C

Oct 19, 2015


By Reuben W

Sep 21, 2021

Good learning, but the peer review takes a short while to gather the information to pass.

By Chandan M

Jul 6, 2022

it was a great course which help us to think of how can we learn to make a game also.

By Panagiotis K

Apr 8, 2020

Good course, very basic, I was expecting something more, even if it's "introductory"

By Gio N

Jan 7, 2016

Very good course overall. Would recommend to every game developer and game designer.