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Game Design

University of Europe for Applied Sciences

42 months
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12110 EUR/year
9310 EUR/year
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In the Game Design program at University of Europe for Applied Sciences, 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 Europe for Applied Sciences

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.

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

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 42 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Berlin (summer semester)
  • Hamburg, UE Innovation Hub (winter semester)

Berlin

  • Low cost of living
  • Buzzing international city with a great lifestyle
  • No German required (everyone speaks English)
  • Campus in great location (city center, well-connected)
  • Headquarters of many international companies and start-ups
  • Great for entrepreneurs and freelancers

Credits

210 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official translation of the English or German for those documents in different language.
Application requirements (all applicants):
  • CV 
  • Recognised secondary school leaving certificate
  • English language proficiency certificate (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Letter of motivation (one page)
  • UE Art & Design questionaire
  • Portfolio (5-8 examples of your creative work)
Portfolio requirements:
  • Include up to 3-5 visual or interactive projects
  • 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. 
  • The portfolio should be collected in a PDF format, and sent through WeTransfer or uploaded onto a website. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12110 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12110 EUR per year during 42 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9310 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9310 EUR per year during 42 months.

Non-EU Applicants only: 

  • application fee: EURO 3,000 (EURO three thousand) 

Living costs for Berlin

836 - 1340 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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