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Game Design, BA*

Bring your ideas to life.

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, programming, and art, which means that you’ll get familiar with the individual disciplines as well as their mutual influences.

* Accreditation in preparation due to new bachelor reform.

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Key Facts

Starting semesters
Starting semesters

· Winter semester: September 2021/22

· Summer semester: March 2022

· 6 Semesters

Language of instruction
Language of instruction

English (Berlin)

German (Hamburg)

Degree
Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Tuition fee
Tuition fee

EU applicants: 9,310 € / Non-EU applicants: 12,110 € (yearly)

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Internship semester / semester abroad
Internship semester / semester abroad

5th Semester

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Credits
Credits

180 ECTS

*Important note: There is no guarantee that classroom teaching will be possible throughout the semester due to COVID-19.

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Highlights
Highlights

· Individual development

· Small learning groups

· Creative freedom

Campus
Campus

Berlin (English)

Hamburg (German)

Benefits

What makes it outstanding to study at UE?

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The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) is state accredited and has received multiple awards. The theory you learn will find practical application in several project weeks. A wide variety of interdisciplinary courses allow you to determine the content of your studies.

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.

Studying at UE in Germany

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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 recognised) 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, magnet for artists, and "place to be" for designers.

“Play by the rules, but be ferocious.”

– Phil Knight.

The programme - internships and semester abroad

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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 level. In interdisciplinary seminars, workshops, and study trips, you’ll expand your horizons.

In the 5th semester, you’ll have the opportunity to test out your newly-gained design skills in practice through an internship or a semester abroad.

Career options with a degree in Game Design

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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.

Comment from 'The Guardian'

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"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."

Tuition fees and funding

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As a private university, our fees are worth it: UE will help you set them apart from the graduates of many public universities. Your employment and earnings prospects are greatly improved. 

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. Find out useful information on bachelor funding.

How to apply

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1. Please complete our online application form in its entirety.
2. Upload the relevant certified documents.
3. Interview stage: it can take place at our campus, or via telephone or video conference (e.g., Skype).

4. Your portfolio:

  • Up to 10 work samples (PDF), a digital game (.exe as ZIP) or a written game concept (1 page), and a summary why you chose these work samples.

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.

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. At the UE you get the possibilty 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.

Curriculum

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

Curriculum Bachelor Game Design

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