Courses in Game Design and Level Design at Cogswell College

Game Design and Level Design Courses

GAME DESIGN 1

Introduction to the fundamentals of game design through lectures and the building of board games in a collaborative workshop environment. Topics covered include: history of computer games, writing rules, play balance, statistics and probabilities, layout and level design, psychology and replayability, atmosphere, design documents and multiplayer issues.

GAME DESIGN 2

Students will create playable video game prototypes. Topics include game design concepts, theory and methodologies, storytelling, game analysis, player engagement, player immersion, gamification, and techniques for monetization.

LEVEL DESIGN 1

Introduction to level design for video games from developing level ideas into executable level maps to implementation, play-testing and iteration. Exposure to level editors will provide hands-on experience in building levels. Level design principles include: pacing, balance, difficulty ramping, level flow, hooks and level progression. Proper level design methodology will be used to build game levels.

LEVEL DESIGN 2

Focus on the design and implementation of immersive player experiences using commercial game engines and level editors. Advanced level design topics are covered including scripting interactive level sequences, level lighting, material editing, particle systems, development and use of custom assets, animation, user interface, in-game cinematics and choreography.