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Game Design 1

Game Design 1

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Quick Overview

With this course, students will learn about different video game software and hardware; various gaming platforms; the technical skills necessary to design games; troubleshooting and Internet safety techniques; the history of gaming; and students will even have the opportunity to create their own plan for a 2D video game! With the knowledge and skills students will gain in this course, they can take their hobby and turn it into a potential career.
Teacher-Led Course (one-time payment)   $450.00

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Concluding their investigation of Game Design 1, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of games and gameplay.
  • Review the history of the gaming industry.
  • Develop an understanding of game design.
  • Develop an understanding of the in-depth requirements of creating a game.
  • Develop a game prototype.
  • Learn to link game events together.
  • Learn about level design in game design.
  • Learn about the complexity of artwork that goes into creating a video game.
  • Learn to test a game and ensure everything works as intended.
  • Learn how to market a video game.

Additional Information

Course Length 4 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No materials needed.
Course Start Date

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall, Spring, and Summer. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 4 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted Yes, this course is taught by a K12 International Academy teacher. If you are looking for a teacher-supported option with additional flexibility and year-round start dates, click here to learn about the Keystone School, another K12 online private schooling option.
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To use this course, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection.  Some courses require additional free software programs, which you can download from the Internet.

Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)


Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.


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