The term "serious games" refers to games that engage the user, and contribute to the achievement of a defined purpose other than pure entertainment (whether or not the user is consciously aware of it). The additional purposes can, for example, be education, training, health care or marketing. The Serious Games programme is delivered by University of Skövde.
The study programme is about developing and analyzing serious games. There is a strong practical focus meaning that you will spend much time on developing and evaluating serious games.
Most of the courses are related to our research within serious games. InGaMe Lab is an interdisciplinary research group focusing on research about computer games and other interactable media.
The study programme has a focus on practical applications of serious games. The course content covers all aspects of serious games development, including the identification of application areas, requirements elicitation and analysis and technological aspects.
One important goal of the study programme is to provide deeper knowledge of the so called serious aspects of serious games, e.g. what are the challenges in developing relevant content in a game for training and education.
The study programme comprises the following common courses:
The course Project Serious Games deepens knowledge in game development as it introduces the additional aspect, beyond entertainment, into the game development process. Serious Games Research and Development provides an orientation to the research frontier within serious games.
The course in game design deals with central concepts such as mechanics and balancing, which are central to the area of serious games in relation to the problem of balancing between engagement and utility.
Applying students must have at least a 3-year Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS credits) in Computer Science or Computer Game Studies or similar. A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS, TOEFL or the equivalent
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