Course Title: Advanced Play Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Play Design

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Matthew Riley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (03) 9925 3710

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will focus on how to conceptualise, create, and evaluate ideas for interactive media. You will explore play as a method for investigating theories and concepts, developing production techniques, and analysing frameworks to advance your practice.

You will also draw on historical and contemporary ludic models to communicate ideas via a series of production-based investigations. Through these investigations, you will develop practice-based research skills in your interactive media speciality, critically applying emerging technologies and demonstrating innovative conceptual approaches.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Conceptualise, create and evaluate inventive content for interactive mediums by applying emerging technologies, creative solutions, production methods and research skills.
  • Critically appraise the development of ideas to innovate the current state of interactive media with reference to historical and contemporary international practice.
  • Implement novel modes, theories, principles and strategies of play in developing your speciality of interactive media.
  • Present your practice to diverse audiences for feedback and evaluation.
  • Analyse feedback on your practice and reflect upon the implications for future ideas and developments in interactive media.

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

  • Acquire and apply knowledge of local and international perspectives and issues about contemporary media practice.
  • Employ appropriate technical skills and theoretical knowledge to solve problems associated with creative works.
  • Undertake research into contemporary media theory and practice to explore possible industry and career directions.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and online such as workshops, tutorials, group and class discussion, class activities and individual research.

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, articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Animation, Games and Interactivity students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

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 may include projects, assignments, critiques, reports and presentations, individually and/or in groups.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: