Course Description

CPD in Introduction to Computer Game Writing

Trinity College Dublin


This online CPD will introduce you to the core methods of writing for computer games. Primarily, this will incorporate approaches to narrative design and player engagement, and introduce techniques to develop and refine world-building, character development and story structure. In addition, the course will examine important industry skills for narrative designers, such as pitch presentation, publisher interaction and approaches to funding opportunities.

What Topics will you Cover?

  • Terms of gameplay and game design.
  • Industry standards and terminology.
  • Visual storytelling and sound design.
  • Alternative and unconventional approaches taken towards game design.
  • Theories of ‘replayability’.
  • Developing a game using software components.
  • Industry standards and the Game Design Document.
  • Working in teams on content creation.
  • Online sharing of material (through to engage with the development and gaming community.

Who is this Course for?

This CPD is intended for anyone seeking to develop their writing skills to lead or support game development and familiarise themselves with the industry-level expectations of game designers with regards to narrative design. No prior skills are required, though we expect applicants will have an interest in creative writing or game production.

Who Teaches the Course?

Assistant Professor David Stevenson – David holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Belfast. He is the co-founder, and game and narrative designer, of the company Pigs in Blankets.

A Certificate of Completion will be provided when participants have completed all of the assignments.

College Name Trinity College Dublin
Course Category Computers & IT (Information Technology), Games Development
Course Type Online Learning
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 2
Course Fee 1,500 (for two semesters).
Course Duration This CPD will be delivered online over two semesters (in two 11-week blocks from September-December and January-April). The course commences on Tuesday 12th September and concludes on Thursday 11th April. 
Awarding Body Trinity College Dublin
Entry Requirements For the best online experience, we recommend using Chrome as your default browser, along with a USB (or other) headset with built-in microphone.
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Trinity College Dublin

01 872 2853
College Green, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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