Introduction to Game Design

Online game design course for beginners taught by expert game designers


Learn game design fundamentals

Take the first step towards your career as a game designer

This fun, in-depth course gives you a great taste of what it's like to design a video game at an AAA game company. Mentored by a professional game designer, you'll discover what makes a game 'fun' and build practical job skills in system and level design to help kickstart your career in games.

Why study game design at CG Spectrum:
  • Learn to design games even without prior knowledge
  • Gain confidence using industry software Maya and Unity
  • Be mentored by a world-class game designer
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)


Over the course of 12 weeks you'll learn the basics of game design through systems and mechanics; understand different job roles and team structures; deconstruct your favorite games to reveal intricate design decisions; and start designing and building your own game world!

You’ll be personally mentored by an industry expert who will show you the latest tools and techniques used by top game studios. 

Expect highly personalized training with small class sizes and 1-on-1 private tuition. Classes are 100% online, so you can learn from the comfort of your own home, in your own time.

After completing the course, you have the option to continue your journey with the Game Design Diploma

Industry Qualification


Study duration

3 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer skill and a passion for games


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Unreal Engine 4, Maya, Adobe Creative Cloud

Start date

Apr 5, 2021

Why study with us

Learn game design from industry pros who have worked at well-known game studios

Our expert-led programs prepare you for an exciting career in the industry. Unleash your creative potential while building practical job skills studios are looking for.

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from industry experts who have worked on best-selling games

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical and relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments


Industry-approved curriculum to help launch your career as a game designer

Term 1: 12 weeks
Introduction to Game Design

Every game is a series of game mechanics or game systems that work individually or together to make a game fun and engaging. As a Game Designer, you'll begin to understand that everything in a game is a conscious choice made with intent. 

In this course, you'll learn what game mechanics and game systems are, how they are designed, and the full scope of a game designer's job. Expect a mix of theory, paper design, concepting and hands-on practice with level design implementation using editors.

Learn how to:

  • Deconstruct and analyze video games
  • Design and create interesting game systems
  • Design gameplay systems for different genres
  • Add compelling gameplay into a world’s design
  1. Introduction to Game Systems
  2. System Design
  3. Communication
  4. Development Process
  5. Game Genres
  6. Designing Gameplay Systems
  7. Introduction to Level Design
  8. Single Player Design
  9. Technical Design
  10. Visual Design
  11. Multiplayer Design
  12. World Building

Get direct access to seasoned game designers with years of experience

To be the best, learn from the best. Game design classes are taught by mentors who have worked with major game studios all over the world.

Study Options

Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn
Study Options

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


$1,185 USD

(3 x payments)

$1,485 USD

(3 x payments)

Studios that hire our students

Our commitment to job-outcomes and focus on career development has helped graduates find work at studios all over the world.

Study Pathway

Your journey to a successful career starts here

Study duration: 12 months
Game Design Pathway

We've built our courses based on industry input and focus on teaching skills studios are hiring for. The courses below form a complete study pathway designed to fast track your education so you can land your first job sooner. Each course can also be taken separately depending on your skill level and career goals.


The Introduction to Game Design Certificate teaches you solid foundations, giving you an idea of what it takes to pursue a career in this field.


Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Software: A student educational license of Unity, Maya and Adobe Creative Cloud is provided to all students for free

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The Game Design Diploma develops your skill level further with more complex techniques and a focus on producing the high quality expected in game production.


Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Software: A student educational license of Unity, Maya and Adobe Creative Cloud is provided to all students for free

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