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Study game development abroad

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

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Game development degrees abroad

A degree in game development is perfect for students looking to turn their video gaming hobby into an enjoyable career. It’s a discipline that blends elements of mathematics, computer science, and graphic design.

You’ll learn about every step of the game development process, from design through to completion. As well as building your technical skills in programming, animation, and storytelling, you’ll learn about the theory behind successful games. You’ll put what you’ve learned into practice by working on your own game development project.

Gaming is a multi-million-pound global industry. By studying abroad, you’ll see how people all over the world enjoy and engage with video games. You’ll learn from experts in the field, discover new technologies, and unlock your creativity.

Game development program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in game development usually last three years, or four years if you complete an industry placement. Placements offer an invaluable insight into the sector and help you to hone your professional skills.

If you choose to take your undergraduate degree in the US, you’ll study over four years. You’ll complete two years of liberal arts classes before declaring a major in game development for the rest of your program.

If you want to continue your education, you can enroll in a postgraduate qualification. Master’s degrees in game development last between one and two years, while a PhD will add another four to six years to your studies.

Your timetable will be made up of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, and computer labs. Here are some of the core modules that feature on most programs around the world:

  • Introduction to game and entertainment studies
  • Theory of game development
  • Experimental gameplay
  • Digital graphics and animation
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • 2D design
  • 3D design
  • Digital scripting and storytelling
Game development program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in game development usually last three years, or four years if you complete an industry placement. Placements offer an invaluable insight into the sector and help you to hone your professional skills.

If you choose to take your undergraduate degree in the US, you’ll study over four years. You’ll complete two years of liberal arts classes before declaring a major in game development for the rest of your program.

If you want to continue your education, you can enroll in a postgraduate qualification. Master’s degrees in game development last between one and two years, while a PhD will add another four to six years to your studies.

Your timetable will be made up of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, and computer labs. Here are some of the core modules that feature on most programs around the world:

  • Introduction to game and entertainment studies
  • Theory of game development
  • Experimental gameplay
  • Digital graphics and animation
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • 2D design
  • 3D design
  • Digital scripting and storytelling

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Game development study abroad programs

Game development undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in game development

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    Computer Game Applications Development - BSc (Hons) Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,452 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Games Technology - BSc (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,559 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science - Game Development Concentration - 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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    Computer Science for Games Development - BSc (Hons) University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,376 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science: Game Development - BSc/BA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in game development

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    Game – Development - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,219 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Information Technology with Co-op, System Programming, Game Development - UGDip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,796 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, October, July, April
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Game development graduate programs

Master's in game development

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    Commercial Games Development - MSc University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Games Technology - MSc (Taught) Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,528 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science for Games Development - MSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,974 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,600 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Game Development - MSc University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,722 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Certificate in game development

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    Game Development - Advanced Programming - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,375 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,726 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Game Development Advanced Programming - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,022 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,790 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future game development careers

As a game development student, you’ll have the tools needed to kickstart a fun and fast-paced career.

You could apply your theoretical, creative, and technical skills to a range of sectors, including games design, multimedia production, marketing, and IT. Here are some of the careers you’d be best prepared for:

  • Games developer
  • Games programmer
  • Games tester
  • Software developer
  • 2D or 3D artist
  • VFX artist
  • Animator
  • Audio specialist

If you’d like some extra information about the job opportunities available to you, arrange a chat with one of your university’s career advisors. They’ll also be able to support with CV writing, interview techniques, and much more.