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10152 Introduction to Game Design & Development

Field of Study

Game design and development involves the creation of video games, a topic residing primarily in the domain of computer science, with some coverage of digital arts.

Material Covered

This course is an introductory overview of video game design and development and the fundamentals of the game industry. Topics include a brief history of video games, the elements that define a video game, content creation strategies, the design and development process, industry professions, and game design and development techniques.

Student Expectations

Students will design and develop their own original games by using MIT’s free Scratch web application and Unity, free software that is used widely by game industry professionals.

Additional Information

Girls and boys of all backgrounds are encouraged to take Intro to Game Design and Development. Students will understand the value of diversity in the video game industry and will gain a strong foundation to pursue further study in game design, game development, or related studies in computer science or digital arts.


  • Pre-Algebra
  • Prior programming knowledge is not required

Course Texts and Materials


  • No textbook is required for this course.
  • Scratch is a free, web-based application. Visit scratch.mit.edu/info/faq for system requirements.
  • Unity Personal is a free application that may be downloaded for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Visit unity3d.com/unity/system-requirements for system requirements.
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