PROD121-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

The Game Development Process

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


This course takes students through the process of going from a game idea to a playable prototype. Students learn about the various roles, skills, technologies, and processes that need to come together to deliver a working game. Projects will be done in teams, and will mimic as closely as possible the processes used in commercial game studios.

Learning Outcomes

  • Goal of the Course
    This course will provide students with the fundamentals of the game development process. Students will learn about the essentials of game design, as well as practices and processes of game development - from the initial idea to the final product.
    This course takes students through the process from a game idea to a playable prototype with the various roles, skills, technologies, and processes that need to come together.

    Learning Outcomes (General)
    Students who successfully completed this course will:
  • Be able to describe the design elements that contribute to a successful game
  • Be able to describe the roles of team members in a commercial game development team
  • Have had experience working in a team to devise and develop novel game concepts
  • Be able to describe the main features of current game platforms and relevant technologies and their development
  • Have produced and presented a game prototype in a team setting that required all major points along the development timeline to be met
  • Have produced a team design report that describes a novel game development in-depth, including a discussion of the relationship between the major game features developed and the elements needed for a successful game product

Course Coordinator

Simon Hoermann

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Simon Hoermann and Adrian Clark


In-term tests and assignments to assess taught material plus a major report describing the game design, prototyping process and outcomes of the major game development group project. Students will deliver a working game prototype using digital technologies as well as a final presentation in front of invited academics and peers.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $892.00

International fee $4,563.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design .

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  • PROD121-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022