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Master's Program in New Media - 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 New Media – Game Design and Development

Are you interested in learning game design and production with leading professionals in an international atmosphere? Game Design and Production is a Major Subject within the Master’s program in New Media focusing on game design for interactive digital media. The education is project-oriented and provides a unique possibility for developing game design skills while also building conceptual understanding on games. You will deepen your skills based on a personal study plan. Multidisciplinarity is emphasized by the highly diverse backgrounds of students – one can apply with any Bachelor’s degree, and the students include programrs, 3D artists, animators, creative writers, architects, and even psychologists. The teacher network includes top game industry professionals and game scholars.

The program is taught in English, and students can write their thesis in Finnish, Swedish or English.

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Admission requirements

You are eligible to apply in master's admissions if you have a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor's degree must be equivalent to 180 ECTS credits or three years of full-time study. The degree must give eligibility to apply for master’s degree studies at university in the awarding country. The awarding higher education institution has to be a recognized part of the official national education system of the country. It has to be accredited as a degree-granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).

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

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Program content

Major in Game Design and Production

Compulsory joint studies for a master’s degree in the Department of Media

  • Introduction to the Department of Media
  • Research Skills for New Media
  • Advanced Information Retrieval

In addition, student chooses one of the following courses:

  • Academic Writing (in English)

Compulsory studies for the major in Game Design and Production

  • Personal Study Plan
  • Introduction to Media Art and Culture
  • Game Design
  • Game Analysis
  • Game Project
  • Master’s Thesis Seminar
  • Master's Thesis

In addition, student chooses one of the following courses:

  • Introduction to Creative Coding
  • Software Studies for Game Designers

Alternative Studies

Courses from the Media Lab course list, from other Programs, institutions or schools according to approved personal study plan (PSP, HOPS).

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year


Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with a Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Continuing studies

The program gives a good foundation to continue to doctoral studies.

Career opportunities

The game industry is an exciting and growing field. You can find careers in game design, game programming, game art, game production, game scriptwriting and game research, depending on your study choices and background. Entrepreneurial skills can also be gained, e.g., through minor subject studies in the university-wide Aalto Ventures Program. Many students have started their own game companies, and all graduates will have completed projects in their portfolio.

The graduates are independent professionals who have the capacity to lead and manage the development of their professional field internationally. The curriculum of the program is being developed in cooperation with other academic institutions and the industry, which supports the students' career planning. The Master's Theses of the students are being co-advised by external experts from the academia and the private sector.

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Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

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