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TDA580 - Game design
Owner: TITEA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0104 Project 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    

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Professor  Staffan Björk


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

10 credits in mathematics and data structures. Algorithms is useful but not required.


The course aims to give a basic understanding of central problems regarding the design of computer-based games, including methods and practical training in designing these.


Game design focuses on how rules and game components can be used to create game environments that encourage and promotes specific interaction, either between humans or between humans and the game system. The aim of these environments can vary from experimental environments in the car and plane industries, learning environments in simulations to pure entertainments applications in home computers and game consoles. The course deals with general design methods that can be applied to all these use areas.
The course aims to give an understanding in how the different components in a game environment interacts as well as what relations game design has to other areas, e.g. programming and graphical design, which are required in the development of modern interactive simulations.
Central programs addressed in the course are how to motivate users to specific types of interaction, the relationship between interaction and narratives, how to balance interaction in multi-user environments, how to support and encourage creativity amoung users, how to modify designs to suit both novel and expert users as well as how to adapt design to suit interaction with specific time constraints.


The course is based around exercises and projects within the subject area which are complemented with lectures and workshops. Project work takes places in supervised groups and aim to give practical training in the development and modifications of game designs.


Course compendium, a collection of relevant papers on selected topics.


Written and oral presentation of projects.
Grading: Fail, 3, 4 or 5.

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