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Master's Program in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Game Design and Development

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Aalto University

Program description

Master's Program in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Game Design and Development

Game Design and Production is a multidisciplinary major that tightly integrates students from different backgrounds. Students of the program get to create and analyze games, experiment with new technologies and design approaches, and meet brilliant people with whom to build the future. In addition to a deep understanding of games, graduates will have a portfolio of completed projects, which helps in getting into the games industry. The teaching staff includes both game industry professionals and game scholars.

English is the language of instruction for this program, but there is a possibility to complete some courses in Finnish/Swedish.

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Admission requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's Programs in the field of science and technology.

The admission criteria to the program is a high quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, communications engineering, or electrical engineering. Excellent candidates with Programs in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics or physics will be considered if they have sufficient studies and proven skills and knowledge in the required areas.

Required background in the Game Design and Production major:

  • mathematics (linear algebra, calculus, probability theory, statistics, and discrete mathematics)
  • good programming skills
  • algorithms and data structures
  • databases
  • theory of computing
  • computer networks
  • software engineering
  • project and team work

Knowledge of the following areas is considered an advantage:

  • game design
  • audiovisual design and production skills (3D modeling, 2D art, sound design, video editing)
  • participation in game projects and jams

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory courses

  • Computer Graphics
  • Machine Learning: Basic Principles
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Understanding Media, Art and Design
  • Game Design
  • Game Analysis
  • Game Project
  • Game Design Exam
  • Personal study plan

Recommended Optional courses

  • Advanced Topics in Game Design
  • Playability Evaluation
  • Games Now!
  • Introduction to Digital Business and Venturing
  • Generative and Interactive Narratives
  • Introduction to Sound Design and Music
  • Introduction to 3D Animation
  • Information Visualization
  • Computational User Interface Design
  • Emergent User Interfaces
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Web Software Development
  • Information Security
  • Principles of Algorithmic Techniques
  • Programming Parallel Computers
  • Kernel Methods in Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Machine Learning: Advanced Probabilistic Methods
  • Computer Vision
  • Mobile Cloud Computing

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year


Graduates of the programme will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish). 

Continuing studies

The program qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Career opportunities

The profiles of the graduates include e.g. game programr, game designer and game studio founder. Our best student games, such as Pako and Shadow Bug have enjoyed worldwide success and critical acclaim.

About this institute

Aalto University

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Contact info

Aalto University

Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

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