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Create Expressive Videogames

  • Categories IT
  • Duration 26h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update March 4, 2024

About Course

UAL Creative Computing Institute


Explore the theory and practise of independent videogame creation

On this course, you’ll learn both the artistry and technique needed to create brilliant games. You’ll discover how to critically analyse decisions made in published games, and code along while we make small games each week to build your toolbox.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills to start constructing your own project, and take your videogame making further.

This courses uses an explicitly intersectional feminist framework of game design and analysis. It emphasizes the creation of small independent games that allow developers to talk about their experiences.


What topics will you cover?

  • Principles of intersectional feminist game design
  • Game development in Unity
  • The process of creating a game
  • Diverse perspectives on working in and producing games


Who will you learn with?

Phoenix Perry

Phoenix Perry creates embodied games and installations. As an advocate for women in game development, she founded Code Liberation Foundation. She leads an MSc in Creative Computing at UAL.


Charlie Ann Page

Charlie Ann Page is a freelance… everything. She’s a game developer, teacher, educational designer, AI researcher, and game tournament official.




Who developed the course?

UAL CCI logo

The UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI) offers innovative new courses, research opportunities and a public platform to explore computer science and creative practice.

What Will I Learn?

  • Discuss and analyse existent games and their design decisions
  • Design and refine game ideas
  • Develop a game in Unity
  • Explore and express ideas and emotions through the medium of games

Topics for this course

18 Lessons26h

Getting started?

An introduction to the Create Expressive Video Games course, the people and organisation behind it, and a small peek behind the curtain as we ask 'What is a game, anyway?'
Welcome to the course VIDEO (03:46)00:03:46
How to get the most out of this course ARTICLE
What is a game? VIDEO (02:46)00:02:46
Exercise: elements of play ARTICLE

Introduction to Unity?

Unity is a popular 2D and 3D game engine that we will be using throughout this course, and in this section you’ll learn how to install and use it.

Making a narrative game?

In this part, we will be using the Fungus narrative game asset for Unity to make a simple narrative game - and you’ll get to code-along.

Games of the lesson?

Play and think about our two games of the lesson: SweetXHeart and Analogue: A Hate Story.

Wrapping up?

You’ve reached the end of the lesson of the course!

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is perfect for anyone looking to create games to express themselves and their experiences. It’s also for anyone who understands the important role games play in today’s society, and wants a critical framework for their cultural context. It acts as a starting point for someone wanting to make larger independent games - regardless of how much programming ability they have to begin with.