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Study game design abroad

An in-depth guide to studying game design as an international student.

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Game design degrees abroad

If you’re hoping to make a career out of your passion for video games, then game design could be the right program for you. You’ll learn how to design the next best selling game and market it to consumers across the world.

Once just a fun hobby, video games have now transformed into a multi-billion pound industry. You’ll study every stage of the game design process, including original concepts, prototype development, testing, and evaluation. As well as honing your technical skills in coding and programming, you’ll consider the theories behind successful games.

Studying abroad is the best way to truly understand the global scale and influence of the games industry. You’ll learn about the interests and behaviors of different cultural markets, and see how consumer trends vary around the world.

Game design program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in games design require at least three years of full-time study. However, they can take longer depending on where you study and whether you complete a placement.

It’s possible to study games design as a BA or a BSc. BA courses concentrate more on the scripting and storytelling of games, while BSc programs focus on technical aspects like programming and testing. It’s important to choose the degree classification that suits your interests and ambitions.

If you’re keen to continue your education, you can enroll in a postgraduate program. Master’s degrees take between one and two years to finish, while PhDs usually last between four and six years.

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, creative workshops, technical labs, seminars, and tutorials.

The exact content of your timetable will depend on your university and the modules you select, but here are some of the fundamental topics you’ll likely cover:

  • Character animation techniques
  • Scripting for games
  • Theory of games design
  • Concept and design
  • Prototype development
  • Games engine creation
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • 3D modeling
Game design program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in games design require at least three years of full-time study. However, they can take longer depending on where you study and whether you complete a placement.

It’s possible to study games design as a BA or a BSc. BA courses concentrate more on the scripting and storytelling of games, while BSc programs focus on technical aspects like programming and testing. It’s important to choose the degree classification that suits your interests and ambitions.

If you’re keen to continue your education, you can enroll in a postgraduate program. Master’s degrees take between one and two years to finish, while PhDs usually last between four and six years.

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, creative workshops, technical labs, seminars, and tutorials.

The exact content of your timetable will depend on your university and the modules you select, but here are some of the fundamental topics you’ll likely cover:

  • Character animation techniques
  • Scripting for games
  • Theory of games design
  • Concept and design
  • Prototype development
  • Games engine creation
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • 3D modeling

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Game design study abroad programs

Game design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in game design

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    3-D Animation and Game Design - BFA University of the Incarnate Word, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,900 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Animation - Storyboarding and Character Design - BFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Arts: Game Design - BA (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,886 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Art: Interaction & Game Design - BFA California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,499 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Communication Design - Game Design & Interactive Media - BSc California State University, Monterey Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,647 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in game design

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    Animation and Game Design - AA Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, January
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Certificate in game design

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    Character Design and 3D Modeling - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August
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    Game Design - Cert Full Sail University, USA
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    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    7 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,500 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    December, November, October, September, August, July
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Pathway in game design

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    Game Design - FdA Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Game design graduate programs

Master's in game design

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    Game Design - MSc Full Sail University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    35,000 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    June, May, April
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    Game Design - MFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,680 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, March, January
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Diploma in game design

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    Game - Design - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,434 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in game design

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    3D Animation and Character Design - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,826 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Future game design careers

A degree in game design will propel you into one of the globe’s hottest industries. You’ll have the technical expertise and creative flair needed to launch an exciting and lucrative career.

You could apply your skills across several sectors and roles, but here are some of the positions you’d be most suited to:

  • Games developer
  • Games programmer
  • Games tester
  • Animator
  • Software developer
  • Web designer
  • Data scientist
  • Systems analyst

If you don’t know what to do after graduation, arrange an appointment with your university’s careers office. They can help you figure out your interests, find work experience, and perfect your resume.