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Program overview
6 semesters (3 years)
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
English, German

Start dates
Berlin
March 2023

Berlin
March 2023

Hamburg
September 2023

Hamburg
September 2023

About this program

BA Game Design

Computer, video, and mobile games are the medium of the future. Already today, more than 40 percent of Germans profess their love for them, with 90 percent of those people playing them multiple times a week. Games mean entertainment and business, yet they also reflect personal expression and global perspectives – and most of all, they're a lot of fun. As a game designer, you’ll create innovative game mechanics and shape game narratives. With your expertise, you’ll be involved in all stages of development: from the first idea through to the technical and creative conceptualisation and finally the design of spaces and characters.

We’ve identified the artistic and cultural opportunities for computer games as a medium and will educate you with a view to practice in the real industry. As a game designer or game developer of tomorrow, you’ll learn all the key processes in the creation of new games, beginning with the first prototype for the game concept, through all the technical and creative decisions during the game’s development, and designing worlds and characters. Successful designers look outside the box and collaborate with people in other disciplines. At the University of Applied Sciences Europe, you’ll have the unique opportunity to put together your own individual combination of game design, programming, and art, which means that you’ll get familiar with the individual disciplines as well as their mutual influences.

Our university focuses on your development. That's why we teach in small learning groups and in a friendly and personal atmosphere. We’ll oversee your individual development process and help you define your talents and strengths, while helping you develop your own visual signature. You will be taught by renowned lecturers from the gaming industry and study at a campus that is centrally located, equipped with the latest technology (game lab, VR equipment, MacPools, etc.), and that is known for its international and English-speaking character.

Game Design at our university is practice oriented, in order to pave your way into the job from the very beginning. As a student, you will receive an overview of the economy, culture, and markets around computer games, from AAA over indie games to experimental formats. You are instructed in the areas of Game Design, Game Art, and Game Programming as well as their interplay. At the University of Applied Sciences Europe you even get the possibilty to actively shape your studies and your career path. Depending on your personal career goals, you will select your own specialisations and choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects. The programmes taught at our university also include practical projects with top partners from the gaming industry, field trips and workshops, which will prepare you perfectly for your dream job.

Admission requirements

  • EURO 3.000 (EURO three thousand) This reservation fee will be deducted from the total amount of study fees. (Not applicable for EU applicants)
  • Official translation to English or German for those documents in different language.
  • German taught programmes needs both English / German language certificate
  • Minimum English language level is B1

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Secondary school diploma and transcripts (if applicable, university entrance examinations, bachelor’s transcript of records, bachelor’s degree certificates). If applicant is eligible to access higher education in their home country, he/she is eligible to apply to UE.
  • English / German language certificate* or request to waive**
  • CV - up to date
  • Passport copy
  • Letter of motivation (around 500-800 words, stating the motivation for applying at UE and the respective programme)

Once the application is complete, the student is required to complete an online test (UE sends the log in details).

  • Direct admission (German higher education entrance qualification or equivalent as per Anabin): IST test of 46 minutes lengths covering numerical and figural skills
  • Indirect admission (for applicants that UE can accept with an entrance examination): IST test of 1 hour 40 minutes length covering verbal, numerical and figural skills.

Please note: Some applicants might be asked to participate in an interview (through Skype). This will take approx. 30 to 45 minutes and includes a general discussion about the your motivation.

Portfolio requirements:

Include up to 10 visual or interactive projects (with accompanying image series, sketches and/or other visual/textual material). These should be original work that highlights a range of your abilities and interests. This might include illustrations, graphic novel spread, poster series, games, character development, photo essays, collages, paintings, sculptures, marketing or social campaigns, short films, animations, applications or websites, personal creative projects, as well as text-based conceptual projects. We are also interested in seeing excerpts from sketchbooks, contact sheets, and research development where applicable. All work should be accompanied by a short text reflecting on the project or work. The portfolio should be collected in a PDF format, and sent through WeTransfer or uploaded onto a website. Large sculptural projects, 3D objects, and performances can be presented digitally. Include any media links or social media channels that are relevant. Interactive projects or games should be uploaded as Windows-executables or as an online playable link.

Language Requirements:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall (no less than 5.0 each components)
  • TOEFL IBT 72
  • TOEFL ITP 500 - 547 (290-300 listening, 280-300 language form, 280-300 reading)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 59
  • Pearson Test of English (General) Level 3
  • Cambridge Exam Advanced and Proficiency 162 overall
  • Cambridge Exam First (FCE) Grade C
  • TOEIC Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150
  • PASSWORD 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in each component)

Language Waiver

To request a language test waiver, you must have studied in a country where the official first language is English:

  • At least nine months in duration
  • Full-time
  • Taken at a recognised institution where teaching and assessment throughout the course is entirely in English
  • Has been completed within 2 years of the start date of the course to which you are applying
  • Medium of Instruction (MOI) should indicate English + EF SET or any accepted English proficiency certificate requested

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Program content

1st Semester: • Game Art • Game Programming & Game Industry • Project I / Mechanics • Visuality I

2nd Semester: • Game Art & Project Management • Game Programming • Project II / Narratives • Visual Studies II

3rd Semester: • Game Development I • Project III • Elective I • Mediality

4th Semester: • Game Development II • Project IV • Elective II • Extended Game Development

5th Semester: Internship or Study Abroad

6th Semester: • Game Development III • Project V • Philosophy

7th Semester: Bachelor Thesis & Bachelor Project

For more information, check out the program’s curriculum on the university website.

Scholarships & funding

Partial scholarships of up to 10% available for the first year

Tuition

  • For EU applicants: 708 € Monthly
  • For Non-EU applicants: 12,100 € yearly

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University of Europe for Applied Sciences

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