Time: 4.1.2022 – 31.12.2022
Place: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk), Open University of Applied Sciences, Department of Culture, Kouvola campus, Paraatikenttä 7, Kouvola
Extent: 60 ECTS credits
Target group: All who are interested in these studies. The students need to be fluent in English and have basic computer and Internet skills.

Credited in degree: Bachelor of Culture and Arts, Game Design
Enrolment period: 1st – 7th December 2021, the enrolment is binding. The enrolment form will open 1st of December at 9 am Finnish time.
Number of study places:2
Price: Semester fee EUR 175. You can read more about our payment policy here.

Note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.

Please notice,  that
Xamk's degree students cannot enrol Open UAS courses.

Learning outcomes:
The basic studies cover arts and design skills, design methods and professional tools. The education centers around 3D modeling, concept art, script writing and game mechanics. Different game design concepts will be explored in workshops, leading to design-orientated multidisciplinary projects in cooperation with various organizations.

The programme aims to provide competence in global game design entrepreneurship with hands-on experience and a holistic approach to visual game design concepts. Studies in Game Design enable students from different cultural backgrounds to build an international career

Contents and methods:
Your knowledge as game designer will grow and the content of studies follow certain themes.

1st year you become familiar with the principles of game design, tools and software as well as project-based work.

Information regarding studies:
Mrs. Suvi Pylvänen, Coordinator of Degree Programme in Game Design, suvi.pylvänen@xamk.fi

Information on degree studies:

Link to the curriculum:


BYOD – Bring your own device
The BYOD policy demands students bring their own devices, i.e. laptops, to campus. Read more https://www.xamk.fi/en/byod-bring-device-2/

Enrolment and cancellation:
Enrolment in path studies is binding. Open study path students are taken in enrolment order. If you enroll on several open paths, the primary path is the one you enrolled in first.

If you cannot participate in the path you have already enrolled in, please let us know as soon as possible by email openstudies@xamk.fi. Enrolment can be canceled free of charge till 14th of December 2021.

Study grants
Studying in the Open UAS does not entitle you to a study grant or other student benefits or discounts. In case you intend to study unemployed, please contact your local employment office (TE-toimisto) before you begin your studies. If your employer has granted you at least two months of uninterrupted study leave, you can apply for a full adult education allowance from Employment Fund.

Residence permit
Students who live outside the EU and the EEA need a residence permit to study in Finland. However, the residence permit is not issued on the basis of studies at the Open University of Applied Sciences. More info here.

From path to degree
You can apply in joint application period forBachelor of Culture and Arts degree programme during your open path studies, if you qualify the admission criteria. More information https://www.xamk.fi/en/education/applying/

It is also possible to apply for a degree student without a formal qualification at separate admission organized by Xamk. This is possible after you have completed 50 credits at Xamk. More information here. The credits you have completed will be recognized as a part of your degree. Please notice, that if you are admitted as a degree student, the tuition fee for students outside of the EU/EEA is Bachelor’s degrees 9 700 euro / academic year. More information on tuition fees https://www.xamk.fi/en/education/tuition-fees/

Additional information about the enrolment
The office of Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences, email openstudies@xamk.fi.

OUAS reserves the right to make changes.


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