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Video Game Design and Development: Video Game Character Design

Abertay University via FutureLearn


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Discover great video game character design and how to make your own characters

From Lara Croft to Super Mario, video game characters have become part of our cultural lexicon. But what makes a great game character? And how can you create your own?

On this course, you’ll learn how gamers identify with the characters they control and interact with in-game worlds. You’ll explore anatomy, graphic design, narrative and gameplay, to provide you with a broad knowledge and understanding of the field of video game character design.

Ultimately, you’ll discover how studying human nature can help you design characters that gamers will recognise and understand.

This course is designed for anyone interested in game design and development. This includes those who are considering studying it at university or entering the games industry to become a developer or designer.

It will be particularly suitable for those interested in the field of character design.

No specific software is required to study this course.


  • Storytelling and gameplay
    • Introduction
    • Narrative and gameplay design
    • Video game characters and narrative theory
    • Video game characters and gameplay design
    • Narrative and gameplay design in practice
  • Visualising video game characters
    • Introduction
    • Visual design principles
    • Anatomy and physical cues
    • Character visualisation in practice
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Taught by

Robin Sloan


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    I've just completed the introductory course for Game Design and Development and I'd definitely say that it's one of the most entertaining and enlightening courses that I've taken so far. To simply dissect and analyze the characters that you've been…

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