Otago Polytechnic

Spring Camp – Game Design short course


Dunedin - School of Design, 5th floor H block, Cnr Forth and Union Streets

(H515, Level 3, H Block)

Two days, 9.00am - 12.00pm and 1.00pm - 4.00pm

On campus

2021 (exact dates to be advised soon)
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    1 January 2021


Learn to create a simple platform style game with your own characters and worlds. 

Game Design is part of the School of Design Spring Camp. You can enrol in this course and Digital Illustration together for $230 (including GST).

Digital Illustration (2 days)
  • Monday - Tuesday
  • 9.00am - 12.00pm and
    1.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Room H523, Level 3 H Block (cnr of Union and Forth Streets)

Learn how to:

1. Develop a unique illustration from digital, hand rendered and/or photographic material.

2. Employ computer software to apply line, colour and other effects to the illustration. 

Game Design (2 days)
  • Wednesday - Thursday
  • 9.00am - 12.00pm and
    1.00pm - 4.00pm 
  • Room H515, Level 5, H Block (cnr of Union and Forth Streets)

Learn how to:

1. Develop a simple game using GameMaker.

2. Create art and animation for 2D games.

Entry requirements
  • This short course is open to domestic students and international students (who are currently based in New Zealand).
  • An interest in games!
  • Photoshop experience will help but is not essential.
  • No coding experience needed.
Course content

Extend your interest from playing games into making games! Design your own characters, enemies and environments. Create artwork, level layouts and animation. Combine all these elements together using a pre-made template into your own original game design.

We will use Photoshop, Aseprite and GameMaker to create artwork, animation and playable game levels.

Content includes:

  • Photoshop pixel art
  • Character design and animation
  • Aseprite for animation
  • GameMaker level design

If you have an idea for a game character, bring it along!


Please bring a pen, a pencil, drawing paper and a USB stick.


Oli Blair


Please meet at the Design Reception on day one (Level 5, H Block, Cnr Forth and Union Streets, Dunedin - side entrance off Forth Street)

For more information

Email Pam.Hodgkinson@op.ac.nz  or call 0800 762 786.


You will need to pay for this workshop in advance. Payment can be made at our Dunedin Campus’s Customer Services desk (Ground Floor, F Block, Forth Street).


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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