Game Design and Graphics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
The Bachelor Programme in Game Design and Graphics at Uppsala University gives you the tools to work with the game medium on a professional level and equips you to develop new expressions within the field. The programme specialises in producing art for game development. Former graduates have started their own studios and work at some of the world’s best known game companies. 

About

The Game Design and Graphics programme at Uppsala University provides skills in developing games for commercial production, as well as a deeper understanding of how games work and how they affect us.

The programme mixes practical game development and theoretical courses within game design and graphics. In the programme, we explore theories and methods in game design, game development and game analysis. Game developers need good communicative skills both to communicate with their team and to shape the experience that the game will provide. To reflect this, the programme provides training in expression through text, imagery and games, as well as verbal communication.

As an artist, you learn to produce art assets for 2D and 3D games, combining theoretical and artistic knowledge with the technical skills inherent to the medium. The programme also trains practical production with other disciplines through several project courses.

The programme has a good reputation internationally thanks to the high level of our students’ productions. Invited professionals and academics come to share their experience and knowledge during recurring events. This provides plenty of opportunities to build a contact network. Past students have a track record of winning prizes at the Swedish Game Awards, the largest Nordic competition for independent developers.

Career

One of the programme’s strengths is its well-established contact with the game industry. This is why the programme’s former students make up an especially useful network. Through yearly recurring events notable individuals from the international game industry, former students and academics are invited to judge student projects and share their experience. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to build your own contact network for your future career.

Former students have gone on to become both business owners running their own studios and employees at some of the most successful game studios in the world. Notable examples of companies where former students have found work include Blizzard Entertainment, Massive Entertainment, Starbreeze Studios, Crytek, Fatshark, Frictional Games, Ubisoft, Avalanche, Lionhead, CCP, DICE and Might and Delight. A number of graduates also work within the Swedish higher education sector, teaching and running game design programmes.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Game Design  - Introduction
  • Art in Games and Games as an Art Form
  • Expression and 2D Graphics for Games
  • Game Production: Arcade Games
  • Expression, 3D Modelling and Texturing for Games
  • Expression with 3D Environment Art for Games
  • Game Production: Vertical Slice

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • General entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies in Sweden. Also required is intermediate level mathematics (equivalent of Swedish course Mathematics 2a/2b/2c).
  • All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). 
  • Students are selected based on: their completed upper secondary (high school) grades (67%);  Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (33%)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10680 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32050 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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NON EU/EEA:

  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 55000
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 330000

Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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