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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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    Computer Games Technology - BSc (Hons) Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,190 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    June, October, February
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    Computer Games Technology - BSc (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,181 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: Game Development - Dual BCompSci (Hons) University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,264 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,704 CAD

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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,328 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,328 USD

    Start date
    April, August, January
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Diploma in game development

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    Advanced Game Development Diploma - Dip Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,375 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,849 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Game – Development - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,392 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in game development

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    IT Computer Game Development - Cert Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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Game development graduate programs

Master's in game development

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    Games Development - MProf (Taught) Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,047 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,000 GBP

    Start date
    June, October, February
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    Game Development - MSc University of Skövde, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,096 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 135,000 SEK

    Start date
    August
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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
    12,538 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
    21,582 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.