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.
EURO 3.000 (EURO three thousand): This reservation fee will be deducted from the total amount of study fees. (Not applicable for EU applicants);
Official translation to English or German for those documents in a different language;
German taught programs need both English/German language certificates;
The minimum English language level is B1.
Secondary school diploma and transcripts (if applicable, university entrance examinations, bachelor’s transcript of records, bachelor’s degree certificates). If the applicant is eligible to access higher education in their home country, he/she is eligible to apply to UE;
English / German language certificate* or request to waive**;
CV – up to date;
Letter of motivation (around 500-800 words, stating the motivation for applying at UE and the respective program).
Once the application is complete, the student is required to complete an online test (UE sends the log-in details).
Direct admission (German higher education entrance qualification or equivalent as per Anabin): IST test of 46 minutes lengths covering numerical and figural skills;
Indirect admission (for applicants that UE can accept with an entrance examination): IST test of 1 hour 40 minutes length covering verbal, numerical, and figural skills.
Please note: Some applicants might be asked to participate in an interview (through Skype). This will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes and includes a general discussion about your motivation.
Include up to 10 visual or interactive projects (with accompanying image series, sketches, and/or other visual/textual material). These should be original work that highlights a range of your abilities and interests. 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. All work should be accompanied by a short text reflecting on the project or work. The portfolio should be collected in a PDF format, and sent through WeTransfer or uploaded onto a website. Large sculptural projects, 3D objects, and performances can be presented digitally. Include any media links or social media channels that are relevant. Interactive projects or games should be uploaded as Windows executables or as an online playable link.
IELTS 5.5 overall (no less than 5.0 for each component);
TOEFL IBT 72;
TOEFL ITP 500 – 547 (290-300 listening, 280-300 language form, 280-300 reading);
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 59;
Pearson Test of English (General) Level 3;
Cambridge Exam Advanced and Proficiency 162 overall;
Cambridge Exam First (FCE) Grade C;
TOEIC Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150;
PASSWORD 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in each component).
To request a language test waiver, you must have studied in a country where the official first language is English:
At least nine months in duration;
Taken at a recognized institution where teaching and assessment throughout the course is entirely in English;
Has been completed within 2 years of the start date of the course to which you are applying;
Medium of Instruction (MOI) should indicate English + EF SET or any accepted English proficiency certificate requested.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Campus:Berlin & Hamburg
Language of instruction:
Winter semester: September
Summer semester: March
Number of semesters: 7 semesters (full-time)
Internship semester / Semester abroad: 5th semester
Credits: 210 ECTS
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.
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.
Studying at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Germany
We put emphasis on internationality. That is why we were ranked among the top 25 performers in student mobility and international orientation worldwide (U-Multirank 2016). Our numerous international students come from all over the world to pursue a highly valued (state and ZEvA recognized) German degree that is entirely taught in English.
Germany, known as the country of innovators, is the perfect place to get your degree. Germany is a particularly safe and livable country with relatively low tuition fees and affordable living costs. Furthermore, Berlin is known as Europe's creative capital, a magnet for artists, and "place to be" for designers.
That's why we encourage international students to come here and study with us. You can apply with your national school degree now. We will then take a look at your application and guide you through the process.
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 levels.
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 of 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
Tuition fees & funding
As a private university, we are funded not by the state, but by tuition fees. For this reason, studying at the University of Applied Sciences Europe costs more than at a public university. But it’s worth it: UE graduates meet the essential requirements of careers in design, and this sets them apart from the graduates of many public universities.
All costs are included in the monthly tuition fee.
No additional costs will be incurred, such as a matriculation fee, exam fees, bachelor thesis fee, or similar, as long as the course is completed within the standard study period.
The costs for the semester abroad are not included in these fees, as there are substantial differences depending on country and university.
We are happy to provide you with information on funding your studies and on any available scholarships. If you have any further questions, our Student Admissions Office can provide you with detailed information.
Apply today at the University of Applied Sciences Europe
You can apply a year in advance for your desired starting semester.
How to apply:
Please complete our online application form in its entirety.
Upload a certified copy and a certified translation in German or English of your high school diploma or equivalent.
In case you have already studied in the area of design, please also submit a copy and a certified translation of your transcript.
Once we have gone through your application and work samples, we can then evaluate whether you are suitable for studying at the University of Applied Sciences Europe. If yes, we will invite you to an interview.
Important: In the application phase, you must have already decided on which of our degree programs you would like to study. However, please note that you may change programs at a later time if desired.