Time: 11.1.2021-31.12.2021
Place: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk), Department of Culture, Kouvola campus, Paraatikenttä 7, Kouvola
Extent: 60 ECTS credits
Prior know-how:  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 of December 2020, the enrolment is binding. The enrolment form will open 1st of December at 9 am Finnish time.
Price: EUR 175 / semester, EUR 350 in total
Number of study places: 2

Please notice, that these studies are not for Xamk degree students.


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.


BYOD – Bring your own device
The BYOD policy demands students bring their own devices, i.e. laptops, to campus. Read more here.

Additional information:
You should bring the following documents with you on the first day of studies:
– passport/residence permit or official Finnish ID
– certificate of physical examination (students from outside Finland only). This means that student should have a health examination done by a medical professional (nurse or doctor) who fills in the certificate. The certificate gives Xamk school nurses basic information about your health, in case you need to use their services during your studies.

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 13th of December 2020. If you cancel after this, the tuition fee EUR 175 must be paid in total.

Open path studies are not intended for degree students of Xamk.

Information regarding studies: Katariina Silvola, Katariina.silvola@xamk.fi

Information on degree studies in game design:

Link to the curriculum:


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
If you are not a citizen of Finland, it is possible that you have to have a valid residence permit in order to study in the Open UAS. You cannot get a residence permit based on of Open UAS studies.  More info here.

From path to degree
You can apply in joint application period for Bachelor of Culture and Arts, Game Design degree programme during your open path studies, if you qualify the admission criteria. More information here.

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 6000 euros / academic year. More information on tuition fee here.

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.