Design and program your own games with a Bachelor's degree in 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 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. 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 possibility to actively shape your studies and your career path. Depending on your personal career goals, you will select your own specializations and choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects. The programs 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.
- Degree: Bachelor of Arts
- Campus: Berlin& Hamburg
- Language of instruction: English (Berlin, Hamburg), German (Hamburg)
- Starting semester: Winter semester: September, Summer semester: March
- Number of semesters: 7 semesters (full-time)
- Internship semester/Semester abroad: 5th semester
- Credits: 210 ECTS
- Highlights: Focus on individual development in small learning groups and a personal atmosphere. Creative freedom, professional equipment, and practical projects. Teaching by renowned lecturers from the gaming industry.
- Tuition Fees: For EU applicants: 7,980 € yearly. For Non-EU applicants: 10,380 € yearly
What makes studying at the University of Applied Sciences Europe outstanding?
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. To apply, you need a high school diploma.
At our campuses, you'll study in small groups. That guarantees individual support and personal interaction with the lecturers. Our professors are successful experts in their businesses.
Besides the theory, our programs contain project weeks and a variety of interdisciplinary seminars, which allow you to determine the focus of your studies. The University of Applied Sciences Europe offers modern equipment, like a game lab, and more.
Internships and/or a semester abroad is mandatory, and exciting excursions give you the chance to see New York, Iceland, Vietnam, Paris, and other destinations, where you'll train your skills. Create your story, inspire the world!
The program - courses, internships and semester abroad
In the Game Design program, 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.
You’ll have classes in the areas of game design, game art, and game programming, as well as their interplay with each other. From the first semester on, you’ll learn how to master the development process in teams on a project basis. To round out the development of your own games and prototypes, you’ll learn about the theoretical aspects of gaming as a medium, receive an overview of the financial perspectives and get insight into the industry at the national and international level.
In interdisciplinary seminars, workshops, and study trips, you’ll expand your horizons.
Your career options with a degree in Game Design
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.
"Thirty years ago, when young angry people wanted to express something about their lives, they would pick up a guitar and write a song; if they wanted to tell a story, they might have written that as poetry or bought a camcorder and made a film. Now they’re just as likely to make a game. [...] Games have become the permissive creative space that punk rock once was."