Challenging Game Development

31 March 2022

‘Challenging Game Development’ is a RUN-EU Short Advanced Programme (SAP) jointly coordinated by the Polytechnic of Cávado and Ave (IPCA) and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NHL Stenden).

It is an introductory course in digital game development, covering the whole game development lifecycle, from the ideation to its analysis, creation of a storyboard, preparing assets, codifying the game logic, and testing. These topics will be addressed at a high level, allowing attendees to understand the different development phases, and how they integrate into a game project.

The main goal is to allow participants to know how to communicate inside heterogeneous teams. Therefore, and although some programming basics would be preferable, the course aims at allowing a team composed of individuals with different backgrounds and knowledge to work together to learn and develop a digital game.

From 9 May to 20 May 2022

Mode of delivery

  • Remote week with recorded and live sessions, as well as work tasks: 9-13 May
  • In-person week with a few live sessions and a game hackathon: 16-20 May at the Polytechnic of Cávado and Ave (Barcelos, Portugal)

Language of instruction

ECTS credits
2 ECTS credits

Academic recognition
To be defined by each home institution. In general, most students will have the SAP certified in their diploma supplement, as a minimal condition

Eligible participants
Students from relevant areas for game development (computer science/programming, digital illustration and animation, digital media, sound, music…)

Proposed learning outcomes

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

  • Design a game idea and prepare its storyboard
  • Know the different kinds of assets used in digital game development
  • Understand how game engines work, both at the editor and programming levels

How to apply
Fill in the application form

Deadline for applications
15 April 2022

Selection criteria
Diversity of teams’ backgrounds and knowledge in the area


IPCA, Portugal
NHL Stenden
, The Netherlands

If you have any further questions, please email


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