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Game Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #194 (WUR) ,
The BA of Game Design offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg is a four-year professional degree programme. This exciting field allows you to combine art, writing and coding to create actual games; from card and board games all the way through to full video games.



Combine technical and creative skills in game design.

The BA in Game Design degree brings together the creative and technical aspects of game creation.

You will learn a variety of skills, including technical development and programming, illustration, animation, writing, and sound design. You will also learn about game history and theory, game mechanics, programming, puzzle design, Level design, character design, and much more.

As the degree progresses, you may choose to specialise in Animation, Writing and Interactivity or Interactive Art.

The BA Digital Arts offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg  programme is offered to students from the School of Electrical and Information Engineering (BEngSc Digital Art) and the WSoA (BA Digital Arts).

Career Opportunities

  • Animator
  • Game Developer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Game Writer
  • VR Developer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Digital Art Theory 
  • Introduction to Game Creation 
  • Digital Art Design Project
  • Digital Art Practice
  • two BA semester courses
  • one BA year course
  • Third year
  • Digital Art Theory 
  • Game Design 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

    Schedule IELTS

General Requirements

APS 34+English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

  • Wait-listing
Applicants with an entry requirement of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.
  • Additional Selection Criteria
You will be required to attend a digital arts workshop.Due to limited space, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to place availability, academic results, and other entry requirements, where applicable.
  • International Qualifications
English Language (O/IGCSE Level: A-C | AS Level: A-C | A Level: A-C)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3095 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3095 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    3095 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3095 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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R 44960

Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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


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