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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

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Game development study abroad programs

Game development undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in game development

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    Information Technology (Game Development) - BSc Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Games Technology - BSc (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,300 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Game Development - BSc Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,860 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Computer Science for Games Development - BSc (Hons) University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Games Technology - BSc (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in game development

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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
    Tuition fees per year
    11,000 CAD
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Game – Development - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Game development graduate programs

Master's in game development

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,600 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Commercial Games Development - MSc University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Game Development - MSc University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,250 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Games Development - MProf (Taught) Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,250 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    16,726 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.