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Nélio Códices

Course Coordination: Nélio Códices


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The Video games is the most profitable entertainment area with an unstoppable growth both nationally and internationally. However, creating video games is not the same as playing games. In recent years, there has been a greater demand for professionals with skills in programming and art creation for games. In Portugal, such an industry, which is increasingly challenging and competitive, seeks another (yet rare) skill that is to be a Game Designer.

This Postgraduate Course in Game Design prepares future professionals for the technical and artistic challenges that characterize the production of video games , by providing them with a range of methodologies that will enable them to create playable prototypes, and the opportunity to be mentored by some of the best and most experienced Game Designers of the industry.

In sum, it aims to train/build Game Designers that will be fully prepared to integrate and act in today's video game industry.



  • Fully taught in English and structured to provide participants with the necessary skills to develop a well-founded Game Design project.
  • Participants will have access to PlayStation 4 consoles and respective software,  which will allow them to develop the project throughout the program.
  • Professor Chris Solarski, one of the greatest world references in the video games area, will be participating in this program.
  • Exclusive networking with leading professionals of the video game industry.
  • The students have access to PlayStation®4 consoles, provided under the Sony Interactive Entertainment Portugal PlayStation®Talents program, where Media Molecule's game and game creation platform DREAMS™ will be used to carry out the various works practical courses.


The program brings together some of the best and most experienced Game Designers in the video game industry who will share their experience and best practices applied in the market.

It also partners with the largest video game brand in the world, PlayStation®, which will assume the development role and work platform, through Media Molecule's game creation system DREAMS ™:

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Schedule / Duration

After-Work / 9 months



Santos - Lisbon





Start date

November 2022


  • Professionals from the creative and technological areas that aim to enhance their knowledge in video game development.

  • Professionals who want to develop skills in the Game Design area.

  • Professionals who want to consolidate their career by mastering Game Design techniques.

  • Students with background courses related to video game development.



Introduction to Game Development Nélio Códices (Co-Founder and Director, Battlesheep and Professor at IADE)

Game Engines & Level Editors 

Filipe Duarte Pina (Producer, Lockwood Studios)
Game Design I Wilson Almeida (Game Designer, ONTOP Studios)
UI & Humane Design Edgar Jesus (Co-Fundador e Game Designer, Fly Home Studio)
Level Design Edgar Jesus (Co-Fundador e Game Designer, Fly Home Studio)
Interactive Storytelling

Filipe Duarte Pina (Producer, Lockwood Studios)

Game Design II

Wilson Almeida (Game Designer, ONTOP Studios)




Final Project

Filipe Duarte Pina (Producer, Lockwood Studios)

Nélio Códices (Co-Founder and Director, Battlesheep and Professor at IADE)

Edirlei Lima (Professor at IADE)

 Wilson Almeida (Game Designer, Bica Studios and Nerd Monkeys)

Edgar Jesus (Game Designer and Game Jam Organizer)




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