• Application Deadline
  • 42 months
    Duration
In the Game Design program at University of Applied Sciences Europe, your studies will focus on the development and creation of innovative and experimental games. As a student, you’ll receive an overview of the business, culture, and markets surrounding computer games, from AAA to indie games and experimental formats. This programme is available in both Berlin and Hamburg study location.
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Overview

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 conceptualization 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. 

Career options with a degree in Game Design from University of Applied Sciences Europe

Game designers participate in every single decision process during the creation of a new game, starting with the first draft of the game idea through all the creative decisions during the development to the design of worlds and characters. They develop game mechanics and map out the narrative of a game.

This program gives students a high degree of autonomy, so that they can work in developer studios, while developing games themselves.

Typical areas of work include:

  • Game designer, system designer, level designer, narrative designer, game writer
  • Game artist, environmental artist, character artist, 3D modeler, texture artist, pixel artist
  • Game programmer, gameplay programmer, prototype programmer, AI programmer
  • Gaming journalist, gaming academic
  • Freelance, self-employed, or full-time employment

This programme is available in both Berlin and Hamburg study location.

Accreditation

The University of Applied Sciences Europe is accredited by the state,has received multiple awards and is a worldwide leader among universities with an international approach.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Start dates are simmilar for both Berlin and Hamburg study locations.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 months
  • Credits
    210 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Game Art
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Code and Algorithms 
  • Game Industry
  • Game Design Patterns
  • Game Development
  • Project Management
  • Game Programming
  • Narrative Design
  • Game Development

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    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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General Requirements

  • You need to be eligible for studying at an institute of higher education and successfully pass the interview.
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English (IELTS — overall band score from 6.0). This is not needed for English native speakers!

  • Important: Matriculation is only possible once all the necessary documents have been turned in, such as references, certified copies, and proof of health insurance.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36330 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 42 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27930 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 42 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

University of Applied Sciences Europe offers the possibility of paying the tuition fees in several instalments:

  • EU/EEA: 665€ per month (with payment over 42 months and all semesters)
  • NON-EU/EEA: 865€ per month

Living costs

  • Berlin, Germany

    836 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Hamburg, Germany

    897 - 1420 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

You can apply for a partial scholarship for the length of one semester. The selection process is managed by the university. Other options are school loans with flexible monthly payment options from financial institutions.

The University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) is state-recognised and students therefore have various possibilities to finance their studies. One of these options is to apply for a scholarship.

UE offers its applicants several university scholarships to financially support the tuition fees, but there are also numerous external providers.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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