Game Mechanics & Systems Design


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $1,589

Next Start Date:

April 18, 2024

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

This course focuses upon refining game design and the user experience.  We’ll explore concepts that make games successful regardless of platform or production methods. We'll focus on playtesting games in order to create production-ready designs, and work in groups to redesign and improve upon a classic board game that will be reviewed by peers and industry professionals.  


  • Core game developmental heuristics and design processes
  • How to balance production costs and revenue estimating
  • Advanced tools for iterative playtesting techniques
  • How to align and segment game mechanics
  • Techniques for leading and organizing game design teams

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Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Game Design.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via video conferencing or chat, both in real time. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings


Meet your instructor

Dylan Mayo

Principal Game Designer, The Pokémon Company International


You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit options.

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