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#CA-02-04 Introduction to Indie Games

About Course

UAL Creative Computing Institute


Learn how great indie games are made and what it takes to work in the industry

The video games sector is booming, employing more than 16,000 people in the UK. Moreover, 99.5% of all UK games companies are small and medium-sized independent enterprises.

On this course, you will explore the thriving independent games sector. You’ll examine its cultural and economic importance, meeting and learning from the creators and teams who make the games you love.

You will develop an understanding of what indie games are, how they’re made, the skills required to work in the industry, and how you can go about developing these skills in order to launch your own career in the sector.

Who will you learn with?

Mick Grierson

Mick Grierson is Professor of Creative Computing at UAL Creative Computing Institute.




Who developed the course?

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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?

  • Describe the characteristics and definitions of an indie game.
  • Summarise the process of making a game and understand the elements needed to create a game pitch.
  • Compare different indie games and gain an understanding of different styles of gameplay.
  • Explain the various funding models that can be used to finance an indie game project.
  • Identify the skills required to work in game design or game development.

Topics for this course

14 Lessons18h

Exploring indie games and the industry?

Thanks for joining this two-week introduction to indie games course. In these steps, we will preview what we will cover on this course and get you started with some interesting information about the games industry.
Welcome to the course00:01:43
How to get the most out of this course
What will I learn?
Time to play

Games studios and independent design?

These steps explore the culture of independent games and look at the rise of gamification and game culture in wider society.

Why do independent games matter??

In these steps, we will meet game makers, and explore the issues that drive them.

End of the course?

Let's round out week one of the course.

Student Feedback


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Lecturer goes over items enough to actually sink it. It's the type of course that really provides a foundation to move forward. You also get a good understanding of what the software can do.

Really enjoying this so far, comprehensive and the perfect starting point to get into Clickfusion.

I liked the course but I feel it needs more practical exercises to learn more about the program rather than explaining everything of the program.

Really a greate course! The instructor shows the tools with easy explanations.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate


  • To take part in this course you need a laptop or tablet device with an access to the internet.

Target Audience

  • This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the independent games industry, whether you’re a gamer, or someone looking for a career in the sector. You might also be interested in the other courses in the Essential Creative Technologies collection from UAL Creative Computing Institute, Lancaster University and the Institute of Coding.