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Game Play Design, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 days
University rank #145 (QS) ,
The Game Play Design course offered by Aarhus University is for everyone interested in the potentials and uses of games, both classic computer games as well as emerging new formats such as VR, game jams, esports, games for change, art games, serious games, gamification and so on.


The Game Play Design course offered by Aarhus University explores the potentials of games through ‘applied theory’ in the form of hands-on exercises, game prototyping and creating a joint game exhibition at Dokk1 in Aarhus. The course does not require any specific skills besides an interest in games and a desire to play.

The aim of the course is to combine theory and practice in playful and innovative ways in order to rethink the potential of a certain context, approach or setting through game design. The course alternates between teacher-led presentations & workshops (week 1 & 3) and student-driven fieldwork, prototyping and presentations (week 2 & 3). All Game.Play.Design projects are carried out in interdisciplinary groups, put together in such a manner as to amplify the output in both gameplay theorizing and designing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 days
    • Duration description
      22 July - 9 August
  • Credits
    10 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Academic objectives include:

  • carry out a design based research process with the purpose of producing a game concept (‘proof-of-concept’)
  • evaluate and critically discuss a problematic subject matter through gamemaking and through putting forward relevant focal points in order to propose a relevant solution to the problem in the form of a ‘proof-of-concept’
  • analyse and critically reflect on the game concept through the use of theory and empirical knowledge
  • iteratively qualify their ‘proof-of-concept’ through a design based research process of applying theory, building an analysis model and carry out an analysis of the produced game concept
  • refine and critically evaluate the produced ‘proof-of-concept through evaluation techniques such as workshops, user tests, heuristics, qualitative methods or other tools.


Rikke Toft Nørgård

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree within Arts or related education.
  • Exchange Students: nomination from your home university
  • Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1373 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1373 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
  • EU/EEA

    828 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 828 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
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Living costs for Aarhus

  • 6639 - 10060 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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