Game Design looks at the practice of game design and development, exploring the medium and the variety of ways in which it can engage an audience.
Alongside the practice of game design and development, students will look at the cultural impact of games and the various ways in which this digital medium engages with audiences.
This will better students' understanding of the medium of game design and further refine their individual practice.
|Research topic||Staff who can supervise research in this area|
|Indigenous game design||Tuakana Metuarau|
|Game design||Doug Easterly, Tuakana Metuarau, Leon Gurevitch|
|VFX in games||Doug Easterly|
|Virtual production||Doug Easterly|
|Non-linear narratives||Doug Easterly|
|Character design and |
|Somatic displacement||Heli Salomaa|
|Dress-up mechanics||Heli Salomaa|
|Virtual fashion||Heli Salomaa|
|2D and 3D game design||Tuakana Metuarau|
|Video game narrative, |
video game representation,
video game abstraction
|Data visualisation||Leon Gurevitch|
|Virtual space, virtual exhibition, |
|Photography and photogrammetry |
in game design
The following postgraduate programmes allow you to pursue research in the area of game design:
Master of Design (MDes)
The MDes allows you to further develop your critical thinking and discussion skills, increase your understanding of design, and learn to express your own ideas and conclusions within a theoretical framework.
Find out more about the Master of Design (MDes).
Master of Design Innovation (MDI)
The MDI delves deep into the process of innovation, from conception to design to construction. Through independent research, you'll gain the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be a successful professional in the design industry.
Find out more about the Master of Design Innovation (MDI)
Master of Design Technology (MDT)
The MDT builds on the existing digital media skills acquired in an undergraduate degree in design. It prepares you for highly technical design professions such as game design, visual effects (VFX), exhibition design, and multimedia design.
Find out more about the Master of Design Technology (MDT)
On our PhD programme, you'll produce an original body of research that expands the design discipline. Your work will be largely independently driven, with two supervisors available to advise you. Typically the PhD is studied on-site, but in suitable cases it may be studied by distance.
Find out more about the PhD.