Introduction to Level Design

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5SD550

Education cycle
First cycle
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 3 November 2021
Responsible department
Department of Game Design

General provisions

The course is part of the minor field of study Expression in Convergent Media.

The course is part of the Bachelor's programme in Game Design, 180 Credits.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Display a basic knowledge of game mechanics, pacing and storytelling as expressed through level design.
  • Implement a designed level in a game engine using prefabricated assets and specific mechanics.
  • Identify, analyse and describe level design concepts in existing digital games.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use simple scripting to add additional elements to their level implementations.


The course will introduce level design as a practice and how it relates to, and differs from game design. Students will analyse existing game levels and use theory to design levels on paper. Students will also use digital tools to create playable levels using prefabricated assets and their own scripts. This will culminate in a final project presentation.


​Instruction takes place through lectures and workshops and seminars.


​The course is assessed through the presentation of a level design project and written journals documenting the students weekly design activities.

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.