International Game Design Practices

Perfect your game with feedback from experts in one of the world’s leading video game industries: Japan. International Game Design Practices is a four-credit, semester-long course during spring semester that builds upon a student’s existing game and puts it in front of Japanese game designers and gamers for critique, playtesting and review. The class includes spring break travel to Tokyo.

Taught by lecturer Rush Swope, the course will teach game design for a Japanese audience, with insight into logistics, marketing and design specific to this market. Students will meet with and pitch their games to representatives of Japanese studios, publishers and distributors.

To apply for the course, you must:

  • be on track to be a sophomore by credit hours (30 hours completed) by the end of fall 2018 semester, or be a master’s student.
  • have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • be on track to be admitted to The Media School by the end of the fall 2018 semester.

Class schedule
1-2:15 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays


The Media School provides a scholarship to all students admitted to this course to lower the course fee that is assessed for travel.

Full program cost: $2,900
Scholarship: $725
Course fee after scholarship: $2,175

The course fee covers round-trip transportation from Bloomington, lodging, all required activities, health insurance and some meals. We recommend students also have $200-$400 available during the trip to cover meals and personal expenses. These costs can be reduced through other scholarships and grants, such as the Hutton International Experiences grant.


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