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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....

Top reviews


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 Mahmut F Y

Jun 28, 2022

Best class for introduction to game design. Thanks everyone.

By Enrique F B

Aug 10, 2020

Its a really good course for beginners and had fun doing it.

By Jose D

May 4, 2020

Great course and great way of teaching.Enjoyed every lecture

By Klemen Š

Jan 15, 2016

Great and fun course. Alows you tobe very creative! LOVE IT!

By Melody M

Jan 4, 2016

So much fun and great for beginners through advanced gamers.

By Antorie J

Oct 21, 2022

Had a lot of fun, the instructor was pretty great as well!

By Syed Y A R

Jan 8, 2022

Need more input from the teachers at least for submissions

By Deleted A

Oct 5, 2019

Great Course, I really learn the principles of game design!

By Jandson D d S

May 1, 2017

Great teacher, I've had a lot of fun doing the assignments!

By Vikas V

Jun 26, 2016

Nicely explained course. Very helpful. Thank you, Coursera!

By Renan N

Jul 21, 2021

Great starting point for game design and gaming in general

By Ken I

Mar 31, 2020

Im 11 years old I passed,the teacher explained really well

By Ahmed E

Apr 25, 2017

great intro to game design , the materials was so much fun

By Emil E

Jan 8, 2017

Very good course, very nice and clear explanations. 10/10

By Benák Á

Jun 15, 2020

Interesting, funny course with a lot of new information.

By justin R A

Oct 8, 2020

Awesome course, very interesting and easy to understand

By Andong Z

Jun 1, 2019

Love this class! A perfect kickstart for game newbies..

By David L

Apr 18, 2017

Excelente course. Great Teacher. i recommend to anyone.

By Gonzalo M

Dec 7, 2015

Great Introduction to the subject. Entertaining videos.


Jan 3, 2022

This is the best course for a beginner in game design.

By Sudharsan R

Aug 5, 2017

I love this course best introduction and good lectures

By Muhammad A

Jul 31, 2017

Amazing teacher, amazing content, it's so so much good

By Anas s

Nov 18, 2015

Awesome course, Great instructor, And Fun assignments.

By Melek Ö

Apr 7, 2022

Great teacher, great works. Thank you for this course

By Anaclaudia Y E

Jul 1, 2021

I love it, it was such an increidble an useful course