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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.

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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 study abroad programs

Game design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in game design

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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
    16,509 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,509 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Game Design (Melbourne Campus) - BGD AIT Academy of Interactive Technology, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,488 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,250 AUD

    Start date
    February, May, September
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    Game Design - BFA New York Film Academy, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,408 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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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

    Fee in university's local currency 16,647 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Digital Media: Game Design Track - BA University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,468 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,468 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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Associate in game design

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    Game Design - AFA New York Film Academy, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,226 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,226 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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    Animation and Game Design - AA Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Game Design (Diablo Valley College) - AA Colleges of Contra Costa, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,840 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,840 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in game design

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    Game Design (Melbourne Campus) - Dip AIT Academy of Interactive Technology, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,488 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,250 AUD

    Start date
    February, May, September
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    Game Design and Development - OCADip Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,908 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in game design

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    Introduction to Animation and Game Design - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Game design graduate programs

Master's in game design

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    3D Games Art - MA Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,114 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Game Design - MA American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,596 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Game Design - MFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,868 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Game Design - MPhil Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,795 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
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    Game Design - MA Falmouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,873 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in game design

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    Game Design - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,795 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
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Certificate in game design

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    Digital Design: Game Design - OCGCert George Brown College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,487 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,078 CAD

    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.