Degree Project in Game Design

15 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5SD034

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Game Design G2E
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 26 May 2021
Responsible department
Department of Game Design

General provisions

The course is part of the Bachelor's programmes Game Design and Graphics, 180 Credits, Game Design and Programming, 180 Credits, Game Design and Project Leadership, 180 Credits and Game Design, 180 Credits

Entry requirements

60 credits in game design with progressive specialisation and 2 credits from Game Design 5: Theory and Methods.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • understand and formulate a research question relevant to the field of game design,
  • apply the relevant fundamental academic theories and methods to the degree project.
  • justify and argue for the choice of these theories and methods,
  • independently follow and implement the plan and synopsis created during the theory and methodology course and
  • present and discuss their project and its technical, historical and theoretical backgrounds in various contexts.


The course comprises a degree project completed under supervision. The degree project is foremost an academic, written project drawing on the relevant theories and methods of game research, which answers or argues for a specific research question. The degree project may also include the creation of artefacts, design, games, game components, which are analysed, evaluated or compared based on academic methods and theories linked to the field of game research.


The degree project course includes either individual or group supervision and a seminar series held on the students' projects. The degree project is defended in a public discussion and examination at the end of the course.


The course is assessed via the thesis, the public defense of the thesis (oral presentation and discussion) in a seminar setting and as an opponent (critical reader) to another student's thesis.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Uppsala University does not accept cheating or plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a certain period.

Other directives

The course substitutes/overlaps the course Examensarbete i speldesign (TSD713) vid Högskolan på Gotland