Course Title: Game Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Game Studies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Christian McCrea

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will develop your capacity with broad practical and theoretical knowledge regarding the structure of games and the role of games in wider contexts. It will give you an overview of the practical and conceptual knowledge you need to understand the structure and role of games.

Emphasis will be placed on building a contemporary knowledge of game studies and game design research and how the two forms of research interrelate.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  • Apply a body of conceptual and practical knowledge, and game art and design skills, to address other forms of media and communication.
  • Critically analyse how games and play have specific local and global contexts.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically discuss and evaluate major aesthetic, cultural and theoretical developments in game studies.
  2. Describe complex structures, history and conventions of game design.
  3. Critically examine and discuss contemporary game studies literature.
  4. Evaluate and apply different game studies methods.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks

  1. Annotated Bibliography - 30%. CLO 1, 2, 3
  2. Essay Plan - 30% CLO 1, 2, 3, 4
  3. Final Essay - 40% CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.