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Hanze UAS offers new programme in Game Design and Development

Programmes 25 December 2013, 07:48

Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen will begin to offer an English-taught major in Game Design & Development as of September 1st, 2014. The educational approach will focus on personal skills, innovations, entrepreneurship, and intercultural communication.

Inside Hanze UAS in GroningenHanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen will begin to offer an English-taught major in Game Design & Development as of September 1st, 2014. This 4-year Bachelor’s programme is part of the Communication Systems undergraduate study, made available by the School of Communication, Media & IT. The programme is fully accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).

Students enrolled in this programme will study core gaming components such as design, programming, and evaluation. They will then apply their new skills in order to transform basic ideas into a final product. The educational approach will focus on personal skills, innovations, entrepreneurship, and intercultural communication.

Programme structure

Students will have a fixed schedule during the first two years of the programme, taking Game Design & Art and Game Development & Evaluation courses. They will learn to conduct applied research in these fields and will master marketing skills that are essential for identifying target groups for their products. Study projects will be based on real assignments from the gaming industry.

Hanze UASDuring the third year, students will be able to widen their study path by choosing one of two English-taught minors (Game On or Art & Technology) and delving into the disciplines they are most interested in. They will also complete an internship, either in The Netherlands or at one of Hanze’s partner universities.

The graduation project, a complex assignment which requires all of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the first three years of education, will be the focus of the fourth year of the programme. During this last year an emphasis is placed on more theoretical tracks that are needed for the project. Students will be able to consult with companies and university professors and will develop their media skills to a professional level.

Students with excellent study results will be invited to take part in the Hanze Honours College programme. Within its frames they will face a greater workload and more challenging tasks. At the same time, this path will open additional possibilities and will allow them to realise their full potential.

Practical information

To apply for Hanze UAS’s Game Design & Development undergraduate programme, prospective students must have a professional secondary school diploma, or equivalent, with good grades in mathematics. Those from non-English speaking countries should also provide the results of an English language test at the academic level (IELTS 6.0 with no sub scores below 5.5).

The application deadlines are June 1st, 2014 for non-EU students and August 15th, 2014 for EU students and students from countries that do not require a visa. All applications for Hanze UAS are made through Studielink.

For detailed information about this programme, admission requirements, and the application process, please see the Game Design & Development section of Hanze UAS website.

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