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Game Design, BA

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 conceptual design and finally the design of spaces and characters.

At the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE), you’ll have the unique opportunity to put together your own individual combination of game design, development and art, which means that you’ll get familiar with the individual disciplines as well as their mutual influences.


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Key Facts

Starting semesters

Starting semesters

· Winter semester: September

· Summer semester: March 

Tuition fees | EU applicants

Tuition fees | EU applicants

Standard: € 708 monthly 


Save additional € 70 each month with our starter bonus.


Please find out more about our fees, additional savings, and your funding options.

Tuition fees | Non-EU applicants

Tuition fees | Non-EU applicants

Standard: € 12,100 yearly


Please find out more about our fees, additional savings, and your funding options.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction

English (Berlin)

German (Hamburg)



Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Internship semester / semester abroad

Internship semester / semester abroad

5th semester

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180 ECTS (6 semesters)



eSport studies

Campus and Virtual Campus

Campus and Virtual Campus

Berlin (English)

Hamburg (German)


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This programme consists of six semesters. Find out what will you study by downloading the course’s curriculum.


Curriculum Bachelor Game Design Curriculum specialisation Game Design e-sport studies

Game Design at a glance

In the Game Design programme, 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.


Our international and intercultural Berlin UE Campus offers ideal preparation for your career. Our teachers are your mentors because your success is our goal! In the 5th semester, you also have the opportunity to try out your creative skills directly during an internship or semester abroad.

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, PC Pools, etc.), and 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. At the UE you get the possibility to actively shape your studies and your career path. Depending on your personal career goals, you will select your own specialisations and choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects. The programmes 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.

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 programme gives students a high degree of autonomy so that they can work in developer studios while developing games themselves.


Typical areas would be (e.g.) game-, system-, level-, or narrative designer, game writer or artist, environmental artist, character artist, 3D modeler or texture artist.

The salary of a game designer can vary depending on the training. In general, jobs after a degree are better paid than after an apprenticeship. According to, you can expect a starting salary of around 3,000 euros gross per month with an academic degree. However, depending on the size of the studio/company, regional variations and your own experience, starting salaries and also later salaries can vary.

Collaboration Partners

Gain access to internships and real- life projects in a range of leading companies and cultural institutions.

Gain access to internships and real- life projects in a range of leading companies and cultural institutions.

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Learning from the best

In the B.A. Game Design you always learn in small groups with a seminar character. Our lecturers are internationally successful and well-known experts in their field and not only impart important knowledge, but also support you individually during your studies.

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Your individual path

Whether foundation diploma, internship, specialisation modules or semester abroad - our interdisciplinary and practically oriented study subjects allow you to tailor your studies entirely to your personal interests, preferences and strengths.

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Study internationally

The state-recognised Game Design degree programme at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences is available in either German (Hamburg) or English (Berlin) - our university has several international campuses and welcomes students from over 100 nations.

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Modern teaching

Practical experience is essential - that's why we offer the optimal framework conditions for all degree programmes. Take advantage of the MacPools, various studios and VR equipment for your projects and prepare yourself optimally for your future professional life.

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Choosing the right study degree that is matching your interests best can be hard. For the upcoming semester, we offer you the chance to get a sneak peek into your desired study programme. Our foundation diploma will allow you to understand your professors as well as teaching material of the different creative study programmes more in-depth. Obtain a degree that matches your strengths and interests best. This offer applies to the following Art & Design degrees at UE:


  • Film & Motion Design
  • Photography & New Media
  • Illustration
  • Communication Design
  • Game Design
  • UX/UI Design

Important note: Please select "Undergraduate + Foundation" as the programme type when applying via our online portal.

Apply now for your Game Design studies! The application deadlines end shortly before the start of each semester, so you can also start at UE at short notice. However, you can apply up to one year in advance - simply fill out our application form online.

In addition, we require a portfolio for the Bachelor's degree programme in Game Design, consisting of a selection of your projects. How exactly you present yourself and which work samples you would like to include is your own decision. If you still need help with your portfolio, our regular portfolio workshops are a useful option.

Prepare about 5 - 10 work samples: Concept sketches, storyboards, collages, renderings and other design projects are welcome. Additionally either a digital game (.exe as ZIP) or a written game concept (1 page).


Important: In the application phase, you must have already decided in which of our degree programmes you would like to study. However, please note that you may change programmes at a later time if desired.

UE is awarding scholarships for young talents in the field of art & design at our Hamburg and Berlin locations every semester. Apply for the special Game Design Scholarship - not only will you secure financial benefits for your Bachelor's degree, but you will also lay the first foundation for your future career.


Get more information and access to the application form here.

As a private university, the University of Europe for Applied Sciences offers above-average services for its students - from state-of-the-art technical equipment and internationally renowned teaching staff to a comprehensive range of practical projects. Only in this way can we optimally prepare you for your next career steps.


However, this also means that our tuition fees differ from those of public universities. In addition to our scholarships, we offer students other options for financing their Game Design studies. You can find more important information on our website about tuition fees and financing, and our student advisory service will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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