Course Title: Game Design Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Game Design Studio 1

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Douglas Wilson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3146

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Games Design Studio 1 is an introduction to the technical and creative opportunities of game development and design. You will work in groups and individually to develop prototype games using both analogue and digital tools.

In this course you will explore the roles and nature of game artists and game designers, expanding the possibilities for creative work and developing the fundamental skills that emerge from the games design process.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Apply game art and game design production methods, in both individual and group capacities, to solve creatively generated problems.
  • Develop a technical and conceptual portfolio relevant to game art and design and other forms of interactive entertainment.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice. 

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

  • Explain basic technical concepts and theories that underpin computer and videogames.
  • Identify and apply relevant computer game pre-production and design tasks.
  • Produce basic game assets for deployment in a live design environment.
  • Describe the roles involved in game production and apply their skills to support them.
  • Reflect on and evaluate your own and others work.

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
relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Games 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 essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

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: Assessment