BA in Game Design

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September / March

  • Duration: 3 years

  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 12,110 / year

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Computer, video and mobile games are the medium of the future. Already today, more than 40 percent of Germans profess their love for them, and 90 percent of those people play them several times a week. Games mean entertainment and business, but they also reflect personal expression and global perspectives, and most of all, they are great fun. As a game designer, you will create innovative game mechanics and shape the narratives of the game. With your experience you will be involved in all stages of development: from the first idea to the technical and creative conceptualization and finally the design of spaces and characters.

We have identified artistic and cultural opportunities for computer games as a medium and will educate you with a view to practicing in the real industry. As the game designer or game developer of tomorrow, you will learn all the key processes in creating new games, starting with the first prototype of the game concept, through all the technical and creative decisions during game development, and the world and character design. Successful designers look outside the box and collaborate with people from other disciplines. At the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (EU), you will have the unique opportunity to put together your own individual combination of game design, programming and art, which means that you will become familiar with the individual disciplines as well as their mutual influences.

Our university focuses on your development. That is why we teach in small learning groups and in a friendly and personal environment. We will monitor 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 professors from the gaming industry and you will study in a central campus, equipped with the latest technology (game lab, virtual reality equipment, MacPools, etc.), and which is known for its international and speaking environment. English. character.

Game design at our university is practice-oriented, in order to pave your way to work right from the start. As a student, you will receive an overview of the economics, culture, and markets around computer games, from AAA to indie games and experimental formats. You are instructed in the areas of Game Design, Game Art, and Game Programming, as well as their interaction. At the European University of Applied Sciences (EU) you even have the possibility to actively shape your studies and your professional career. Depending on your personal career goals, select your own specializations and choose from a variety of interdisciplinary subjects. The programs taught at our university also include hands-on projects with the best partners in the gaming industry, field trips and workshops, which will perfectly prepare you for your dream job.

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 will receive an overview of the businesses, culture, and markets surrounding computer games, from AAA to indie games and experimental formats.

You will have classes in the areas of game design, game art, and game programming, as well as their interaction with each other. Starting in the first semester, you will learn to master the project team development process. In order to complete the development of your own games and prototypes, you will learn about the theoretical aspects of the game as a medium, receive an overview of the financial perspectives, and get to know the industry nationally and internationally.

In interdisciplinary seminars, workshops and study tours, you will broaden your horizons.

Career opportunities

Game designers are involved in every decision process during the creation of a new game, starting with the first draft of the game idea through all the creative decisions during development to the design of worlds and characters. They develop the mechanics of the game and draw 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, game programmer, prototype programmer, AI programmer
  • Game journalist, game scholar
  • Self-employment, freelance or full-time

Study in the EU in Germany

We emphasize internationality. That is why we rank among the top 25 in student mobility and international orientation worldwide (U-Multirank 2018). Our many international students come from all over the world to obtain a highly valued German qualification (recognized by the state and ZEvA) which is taught entirely in English.

Germany, known as the land of innovators, is the perfect place to earn your degree. Germany is a particularly safe and livable country with relatively low tuition fees and affordable living costs.

That is why we encourage international students to come here and study with us. You can apply with your national school degree now. We will then review your application and guide you through the process.

Tuition and funding fees

As a private university, we are not funded by the state, but by tuition fees. Therefore, studying at the European University of Applied Sciences (EU) costs more than at a public university. But it’s worth it: EU graduates meet the essential requirements of design majors, and this sets them apart from graduates of many public universities.

All costs are included in the monthly tuition.

No additional costs such as tuition fees, exam fees, bachelor thesis fees or the like will be incurred as long as the course is completed within the standard study period.

The costs of the semester abroad are not included in these fees, since there are substantial differences depending on the country and the university.

Admission requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to qualify for a bachelor’s program:

  • High school diploma or equivalent occupational diploma, incl. experience
  • Entrance exam
  • Personal interview
  • IELTS: overall band score of 5.5

There is no limit to the number of students that can be admitted (numerus clausus).

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