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The degree programme focuses on game art and design, design methods and professional tools. Studies in Game Design enable students from different cultural backgrounds to build an international career.
Studies aim to provide competence in the global game design industry with hands-on experience. The studies cover a wide range of different study subjects with an emphasis on 3D modeling, game art and game design.
The students develop their design skills and learn to use professional tools through working on their own game projects. During these projects different game design concepts and prototypes are explored with the aim of improving the students’ aesthetic, production, design thinking, visual communication, and team working skills and competences.
Graduates of the Game Design Degree Programme are able to create games and interactive products to meet the needs of customers and end users. The graduates are aware of the potential of gamification and game development opportunities in the market, including the public and private as well as the entertainment sector.
game design | game art | 3D modelling | character design | level design | environment design | concept art | game mechanics | animation
The Degree Programme in Game Design consists of six core competence modules, including practical training and thesis, as well as complementary competences, including optional studies. Your knowledge as a game designer increases and the content of studies follows certain themes:
In full-time studies, start in September
Students work at the campus in Kouvola from Monday to Friday. This is for you if you value peer support and the network of your classmates on a daily basis.
Part-time studies, start in January
This is an option for you if you need to incorporate your studies with work or if you are not able to live near the campus. Students come to Kouvola campus approximately every three weeks for two days (Thursday and Friday from 9am till 6pm). The rest of the studies is independent work in your own time.
The core competence of the degree programme covers 105 ECTS credits through the following modules:
The complementary competence of the degree programme covers 90 ECTS credits through the following modules:
Practical training 30 ECTS credits
Optional studies 15 ECTS credits
Teaching language is English and you have to write Thesis’s work also in English.
Studies in Game Design enable students from different cultural backgrounds to build an international career.
The degree gives you competence through research and development assignments to become an expert in specific areas of game design, supporting your own career plans.
During your studies, you devise your own game projects with the aim of building your own design portfolio that helps you with your employment in the future.
You can become:
If a person asks me about should he/she apply studying Game Design in Xamk, I would say if they are really interested in a dynamic learning environment, where they can enhance their skills in order to expand their career in the game industry, then yes, they won’t be disapointed.
- Dinh Tuan Anh
Our Meduusa Studio presents students with up-to-date equipment which enables the development of new projects for various platforms. In addition to traditional classrooms facilities, we have a studio with a motion capture facility and rooms for independent project work.
Students can borrow drawing tablets, digital cameras, game consoles and VR equipment for testing purposes and for their own development projects. All the software and hardware needed is on campus which means that Game Design students do not need to bring their own computers to campus.
The studio is also a great location to run game jams, LAN parties and seminars. In addition to the studio space, there is a sauna at Meduusa Studio that students have utilized during these events.
A lot of the study material is also available online which makes it possible for you to study in your own time as well.
Outside Meduusa Studio, we collaborate with the Degree Programme in Information Technology, located in Kotka, which focuses on game programming.
Xamk offers its students the chance to continue their postgraduate degree education into a Master’s Degree programme at the prestigious Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, United Kingdom.Read more
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