Course Info

GAM 224: Game Design for Non-Majors

This course approaches the study of computer games from three angles: first, as examples of media that can be analyzed and critiqued for their thematic elements, formal structure, plot and interactive appreciation; second, as complex software artifacts subject to technological constraints and the product of a labor-intensive design and implementation process; and three as a cultural artifact with behaviors and associations comparable in import to other popular art forms. Students will study the principles of game design and use them both to analyze existing games and to develop their own original game ideas. Students will also learn about the process of game development, starting from the game's narrative concept and moving to consideration of a game's components: the representation of the player, of artifacts, the virtual world that contains them and the interaction between them and the player.

Fall 2017-2018

Section: 701
Class number: 12334
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01507 at Loop Campus
Instructor: JJ Bakken | View syllabus

Spring 2016-2017

Section: 901
Class number: 33891
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01510 at Loop Campus
Instructor: JJ Bakken | View syllabus

Winter 2016-2017

Section: 201
Class number: 21927
Meeting time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Location: LEVAN 00305 at Lincoln Park Campus
Section: 801
Class number: 21928
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01110 at Loop Campus

Fall 2016-2017

Section: 701
Class number: 32770
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01507 at Loop Campus
Instructor: JJ Bakken | View syllabus

Spring 2015-2016

Section: 901
Class number: 33251
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01510 at Loop Campus

Winter 2015-2016

Section: 201
Class number: 22412
Meeting time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Location: LEVAN 00305 at Lincoln Park Campus
Section: 801
Class number: 22413
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01110 at Loop Campus

Fall 2015-2016

Section: 701
Class number: 11368
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01507 at Loop Campus

Spring 2014-2015

Section: 901
Class number: 37169
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01216 at Loop Campus

Winter 2014-2015

Section: 501
Class number: 20153
Meeting time: MW 11:50AM - 1:20PM
Location: LEWIS 01108 at Loop Campus
Section: 801
Class number: 20154
Meeting time: Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01217 at Loop Campus
Instructor: JJ Bakken | View syllabus

Fall 2014-2015

Section: 701
Class number: 10214
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01507 at Loop Campus
Instructor: JJ Bakken | View syllabus

Spring 2013-2014

Section: 301
Class number: 30509
Meeting time: MW 11:20AM - 12:50PM
Location: LEVAN 00304 at Lincoln Park Campus
Section: 601
Class number: 30510
Meeting time: TuTh 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01001 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Robert Schade

Winter 2013-2014

Section: 201
Class number: 20180
Meeting time: TuTh 2:40PM - 4:10PM
Location: LEVAN 00301 at Lincoln Park Campus
Section: 501
Class number: 20181
Meeting time: MW 10:10AM - 11:40AM
Location: CDM 00214 at Loop Campus
Section: 801
Class number: 20182
Meeting time: Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01001 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Charles Wilcox

Fall 2013-2014

Section: 101
Class number: 11156
Meeting time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Location: LEVAN 00304 at Lincoln Park Campus
Instructor: Charles Wilcox
Section: 102
Class number: 11157
Meeting time: TuTh 11:20AM - 12:50PM
Location: LEVAN 00304 at Lincoln Park Campus
Instructor: Charles Wilcox
Section: 701
Class number: 11158
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01507 at Loop Campus

Spring 2012-2013

Section: 301
Class number: 35465
Meeting time: MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Location: LEVAN 00305 at Lincoln Park Campus
Section: 601
Class number: 35466
Meeting time: TuTh 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01001 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Charles Wilcox
CLOSED

Winter 2012-2013

Section: 201
Class number: 24335
Meeting time: TuTh 2:40PM - 4:10PM
Location: LEVAN 00301 at Lincoln Park Campus
Section: 502
Class number: 24336
Meeting time: MW 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01509 at Loop Campus
CLOSED
Section: 801
Class number: 24337
Meeting time: Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01001 at Loop Campus

Fall 2012-2013

Section: 101
Class number: 15200
Meeting time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Location: LEVAN 00304 at Lincoln Park Campus
Section: 102
Class number: 15201
Meeting time: TuTh 11:20AM - 12:50PM
Location: LEVAN 00304 at Lincoln Park Campus
Section: 701
Class number: 15202
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: LEWIS 01001 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Devon Scott-Tunkin