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Design of Serious Games

Tallinn University

5 days
200 EUR/full
200 EUR/full
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You will learn about  serious games - games that are designed for a serious purpose and not only for entertainment. This serious purpose can be related to defense, education, science, health care, emergency management, urban planning, engineering, religion, politics, and so on.


Design of Serious Games is a multidisciplinary programme that combines game design, interaction design and instructional design. Its objective is to bring together experts with different backgrounds (art, ICT, pedagogy, psychology) and design and develop serious and learning games in heterogeneous teams.

During this intensive summer course participants will learn the essentials of designing serious and learning games. Students with different backgrounds from all over the world will form teams and design new serious games from idea to working prototype. The environment used for prototyping does not require programming skills.

Why this course?

  • The course brings together people with different backgrounds who can learn a lot not only from the teacher, but also from each other.
  • You will find out how to make learning more fun for yourself and others.

Programme Structure

Course topics:

  • The nature of serious games
  • Examples of serious and learning games
  • Game design process and roles
  • Finding the idea and defining goal for the serious game
  • Gameplay: challenges and actions
  • Game core mechanics: objects and conditions
  • Design of game assets: game world, characters, story
  • Game Development environments
  • Game Development in eAdventure

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 5 days

Start dates & application deadlines






  • Semi-structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The course is for teachers, educational technologists, designers, developers, story writers, graphical designers and all others who are interested in designing serious games. The goal is to form heterogeneous teams of students with different backgrounds.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    200 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 200 EUR for the full programme during 5 days.
  • National

    200 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 200 EUR for the full programme during 5 days.


Scholarships are available, application deadline May 1.

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