Introduction to Video Game Design

A course by Arturo Monedero Alvaro , Video Game Designer

Video Game Designer. Bilbao, Spain.
Joined July 2019

Learn how to create a game design document, the first step to making your video game ideas come true

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (174)
  • 4358 students

Learn how to create a game design document, the first step to making your video game ideas come true

Learn how to create a game design document, the first step to making your video game ideas come true

Before a video game graces your screen and you’re able to play it, a team must produce, design, program, and distribute it following a clear roadmap. This is where the video game design document (GDD) comes in, a document in which the idea behind a video game is clearly defined so that different development teams can carry out its creator’s vision.

In this course, you'll learn how to create a GDD from the beginning with Arturo Monedero, videogame developer with over 20 years of experience designing games for all kinds of players. This course is ideal as a first approach to videogame design, as it will give you the keys and guides to start creating your own games.

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What will you learn in this online course?

21 lessons & 20 downloads

What will we do in the course
2 minutes, 16 seconds
Structure of a GDD
4 minutes, 45 seconds
Product Sheet
13 minutes, 18 seconds
Project Organization
6 minutes, 49 seconds
9 minutes, 59 seconds
9 minutes, 57 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (174)
  • 4358 students
  • 21 lessons (2h 37m)
  • 20 additional resources (14 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

You'll convert an initial video game idea into a complete game design document ready for production.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This is an introductory course aimed at any video game fan who wants to know a little more about the process behind creating them.

Requirements and materials

You'll only need a pencil and grid sheet for sketches, ideas and concepts, as well as access to Google Drive suite for free tools.

This course requires knowledge in videogames at the consumer level; the more you have played, the easier it will be to understand general concepts for their creation.


4358 Students
174 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Arturo Monedero Alvaro

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Video Game Designer

Arturo Monedero is a video game designer from Bilbao (Spain) with over 20 years of experience. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Interactive Sciences. He has worked in video games for all types of platforms, such as Los Delirios de Von Sottendorff for Nintendo 3DS; Los Ríos de Alice for Nintendo WiiU, Steam and iOS; and Kinito Ninja for iOS and Android.

He founded Delirium Studios more than 8 years ago, a videogame studio with which he has produced most of his works, as well as projects for commercial brands.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    Basic concepts

    • Structure of a GDD
    • Product Sheet
    • Project Organization
  • U3

    General Documents

    • Genders
    • Cameras
    • Controls
    • Script
  • U4

    Main Documents

    • Main Character Document
    • Enemies Document
    • Weapons Document
    • Playability
    • Document of Levels I: General Elements
    • Level II Document: Specific elements
  • U5

    End of the GDD

    • HUD
    • GUI
    • Dialogues / Location
    • Sounds
    • Production
  • FP

    Final project

    • Video game production

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Introduction to Video Game Design. 3D, Animation, Web, and App Design course by Arturo Monedero Alvaro

Introduction to Video Game Design

A course by Arturo Monedero Alvaro
Video Game Designer. Bilbao, Spain.
Joined July 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (174)
  • 4358 students