Fall 2020 - IAT 410 E100

Advanced Game Design (3)

Class Number: 7834

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Wed, 4:30–6:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 60 units, including IAT 265 and IAT 312.



Students will design and develop a variety of electronic games, culminating in an advanced game project. They will continue to analyze the experience of play within the game, and the connections between the game experience and broader cultural phenomena.


This course is heavily project driven.  Students will form into teams and collaborate with one another to develop games of their choice. Each team will come up with a game concept and submit a game proposal, and then go through the design and development cycle to build the game.  

Students will showcase their final masterpieces, with optional links, on web pages. Students will learn how to apply basic principles of game design as outlined in IAT 312.  In the process, they will be exposed to the production cycle, including idea inception, design, prototyping, testing, critiquing, refining, and finally, presentation.  Students will be introduced to several tools within the lab classes that will aid in realizing their own projects and ideas.  These tools include both 2D and 3D game engines.


Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Understand and communicate the basic principles of game design
Evaluate and critique electronic games
Complete the steps necessary for the effective planning of electronic games
Demonstrate competence in both 2D and 3D game production software
Demonstrate the ability to present electronic games in a web environment
Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in game production teams


  • Project Development 25%
  • Final Deliverables 35%
  • Game Critiques 25%
  • Weekly Design Journals 10%
  • Class Participations 5%


Each team will set up an online blog for the course, which is used to record team weekly assessment including agenda and progress of the team, and also as a tool for team communications and collaborations. Each individual will have an online blog as well, this is where you will post your game critiques, and individual weekly assessment. Team Leaders please create a blog for your team and link all your members’ blog URLs within it, and send the team blog URL to your instructor at yyang1@sfu.ca. Please note the blogs must be publically visible so that teaching staff can access and grade the assessments.



On-line articles on game design and development.


“Game Design Workshop:  A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games” (2018) by Tracy Fullerton; 4th Edition; A K Peters
ISBN: 9781482217162

“The Art of Game Design:  A Book of Lenses” (2014) by Jesse Schell; 2nd Edition; A. K. Peters/CRC Press
ISBN: 9781466598645

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).