SAP ‘Game Changing Games’

The complexity of global challenges is constantly rising. Can we change the game with games?

‘Game Changing Games’ is a RUN-EU Short Advanced Programme (SAP) jointly coordinated by Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FHV) and Polytechnic of Cávado and Ave (IPCA).

It aims to understand how game designers can address the most urgent global challenges and incite change, by fostering the sustainable co-existence of humans and the ecological systems. Creating games that motivate people to engage with social issues in a playful way could be one way of making critical issues easier to perceive.

From 4 October to 1 November 2021, students will approach this through online lectures, cutting-edge workshops and presentations, short-term international mobility and multidisciplinary group work dynamics.

To be able to better discuss this topic, students need to understand:

  • Game cultures
  • Dimensions of sustainability
  • Best practices for project presentations
  • Playful methods in future design (eg speculative design)
  • Formal and dramatic elements of games
  • Games as systems, economics of games
  • Approaches to and methods of game design (playcentric approach)
  • Community-centred design 
  • Designing digital games, urban games, social impact games, serious games, mixed reality games, alternate reality games
  • Interaction design in games
  • Design and implementation of social interaction in games
  • Game content and design considerations to evoke motivation
  • Creation of playful elements in immersive environments and affective infrastructures (eg for exhibitions and/or in the museum context)
  • Motivation to play vs motivation to change beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours
  • Storytelling, dramaturgy and visual design of games

Proposed learning outcomes

At the end of this Short Advanced Programme, students will be able to:

  • Know crucial concepts and approaches of game design, theoretical approaches and indices of ecological, social and economic sustainability
  • Be capable of developing and prototypically realising a concept focussing on future challenges (eg climate change, social segregation, digital divide) using games as a medium or creating playful experience(s)
  • Work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • Communicate solutions for societal real problems and challenges that demand innovation and various skills

Date: from 4 October to 1 November 2021

Online sessions and remote teamwork: 4 to 22 October

Contact week: 25 to 29 October at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (Dornbirn, Austria)

Learning assessment: 1 November

Mode of delivery: blended

Location: online and in-person at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (Dornbirn, Austria)

Language of instruction
: English

ECTS credits: 3

Academic recognition: to be defined by each higher education institution. In general terms, most students will have this RUN-EU SAP certified in their diploma supplement, as a minimal condition

Eligible participants: RUN-EU’s students from any cycle of studies. This SAP is interdisciplinary, but situated in the fields of Information & Communication Technologies and Arts & Design.

How to apply: fill in the application form

Deadline for applications [UPDATED]: 17 September 2021

Selection criteria: motivation, learning objectives, wide representation of subject areas/fields and balanced participation of RUN-EU member higher education institutions. A maximum of 40 students will be selected for this programme. The selection team will also take steps towards ensuring diversity and representativity

Coordination:

FHV, Austria

IPCA, Portugal

Read all the details about this programme.
Please send an email to run-eu@ipca.pt or SAPchanginggames@ipca.pt if you have any further questions.

SAP ‘Circular Design with Plastics’

Circular economy is a hot topic and a trendy term. However, what does it really imply for industry, for society, and for development? What are the existing and emerging challenges?

‘Circular Design with Plastics’ is a RUN-EU Short Advanced Programme (SAP), jointly coordinated by Polytechnic of Cávado and Ave (IPCA), NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NHL Stenden), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).

It aims to present insights into these topics and examine some existing tools that can help designers, engineers, managers and entrepreneurs. From 20 September to 8 October 2021, participants will find answers to these and other questions through online lectures, cutting-edge presentations and multidisciplinary group work dynamics.

Proposed learning outcomes:

This is an introductory programme aimed at those interested in becoming familiar with circular design (specifically with plastics), circular economy, and circularity. Participants will be introduced to the topic of circular design, starting from a variety of concepts, passing through several important approaches and methodologies, and finally covering some specific tools (in terms of their purpose and how they are employed, and not learning to use them in detail).

At the end of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate current driving features for sustainability in a multidisciplinary and international context
  • Understand the concepts of circular design, circular economy, circularity and ecodesign (among others)
  • Recognise the key challenges and opportunities for improving circularity in plastics, and how to quantify it
  • Understand the different perspectives of ecodesign/design for X
  • Understand circular supply chains and sustainable modelling

Date: from 20 September to 8 October 2021 (Lecturing/contact week from 27 September to 1 October)

Mode of delivery: blended; simultaneously co-located with live audience room at the four partner institutions

Language of instruction: English

ECTS credits: 2

Academic recognition: to be defined by each home institution. In general terms, most students will have this RUN-EU SAP certified in the diploma supplement, as a minimal condition

Eligible participants: RUN-EU’s students from any cycle of studies, with a particular emphasis on students from Engineering, Design and Management

How to apply: fill in the application form

Deadline for applications [UPDATED]: 12 September 2021

Selection criteria: a maximum of 40 students will be selected for this programme. A minimum of 5 places are reserved for each of the 4 host institutions. After that, the remaining 20 places will be distributed by all applicants. Selection will always be based on the order of submission (first come, first served), although priority will be given to RUN-EU partner students. Only after all RUN-EU partner students are placed will external applicants be selected. The selection team will also take steps towards ensuring diversity and representativity.

Coordination:

IPCA, Portugal

NHL Stenden, The Netherlands

AIT, Ireland

LIT, Ireland

Read all the details about this programme.
Please send an email to run-eu@ipca.pt or SAPcirculardesign@ipca.pt if you have any further questions.