GAM 224 Game Design for Non-Majors

Susan Gold

Winter 2019-2020
Class number: 25648
Section number: 201
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
LEVAN 00305 Lincoln Park Campus

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GAM 224 provides students with a practical foundation in game design with a focus on concept development, design analysis, and prototyping. Using game design theory, analysis, physical prototyping, playtesting, and iteration students learn how to translate game ideas, themes, and metaphors into gameplay and player experiences. Students will further be exposed to the basics of effective game idea communication.


Upton, Brian. Situational Game Design, First Edition. CRC Press. 2017 ISBN 9781138031814


Class sessions will combine lectures and hands on game design, with analysis of particular games and in-class activities designing and playing games. Students are expected to attend all classes and do the assigned reading and homework before class time.

Student progress will be assessed through a combination of homework assignments, game analysis papers on a game of student’s choice, a group game design project, and class participation.

Homework: 40%

Class Participation: 20%

Pitch: 10%

Final Project: 30%



Grand total of 100 possible points.

A = 93+

A- = 90-92

B+ = 89

B = 88-81

B- = 80

C+ = 79

C = 78–71

C- = 70

D+ = 69

D = 68– 61

D- = 60

F = 59 or lower



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