Introduction to Video Game Design

This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders Online program for high school students ages 15–18.

Explore the fundamentals of game design through hands-on learning. Using teamwork, basic sketching skills, storytelling, idea-generating techniques and other exercises, collaborate with other students to design a functioning game and playable paper prototype.

Along the way, you’ll learn what makes a video game good, both from a designer's and a player’s perspective. Discover how the principles of game design can be applied to all areas of the design world. Find out about educational paths and careers in the video game, art and design industries.

This a great choice for students interested in video games, digital media, and art and design.

Technology Requirements
This course is hosted on Canvas, a learning management system, and live lectures are delivered by Zoom. Three days before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

Hours and expectations
In addition to the live virtual classes and office hours, you can expect to spend 1-2 hours per week reading, researching and participating in discussion boards.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor-supported with real-time classes, and virtual drop-in office hours during the course. 

Fall/Winter Term (September – December / January – April)
Attend live virtual classes once a week on Saturdays for two hours for 10 weeks.
Summer Term (July and August)
Attend live virtual classes two hours a day from Monday to Friday for three weeks. 

All class times are in the Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

Virtual Student Lounge
All UBC Future Global Leaders students have access to the online Virtual Student Lounge where they can hang out and develop friendships with students from across Canada and around the world.

To Register
After you add the course to your cart, you’re asked to complete your registration by creating a new account or logging in. If you are a parent, guardian or other adult registering for the first time on behalf of your student, please create the account in the name of the high school student attending UBC Future Global Leaders, not in your name.

Available Sessions

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