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 developerof 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 newest technology (game lab, VR equipment, MacPools, etc.), and that is known for its international and English-speaking character.
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
The Game Design program
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.
Apply today to University of Applied Sciences Europe
You can apply a year in advance for your desired starting semester. The application deadline for the winter semester is August 25th of every year.The application deadline for the summer semester is March 20th of every year.
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.
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Last updated March 29, 2018