In order to be admitted to our programmes, you will have to meet the entry requirements below.

Are you a Dutch student applying for one of our English taught programmes? Please check the entry requirements for Dutch students. The information below applies to the academic year 2021 – 2022. These entry requirements are subject to changes in government policy and Saxion regulations.

The student must be admissible to Higher Education through a diploma with good results at least equivalent to the Dutch havo, vwo or mbo4 for our bachelor programmes and 4 years hbo for our master programmes. Does your diploma match with this requirements? Check here what the Nuffic has to say about the diploma you’ve obtained.

Select the relevant country and open the pdf file. At the ‘evaluation chart’ you’ll find an overview of the most common diplomas and their comparison in level to the Dutch educational system. This will give you a clue about your admission possibilities.

The other chapters of the pdf file contain more information about the curriculum of the specific education. Sometimes it depends on the curriculum of your previous studies if your diploma will meet the full described level, so this file from the Nuffic must only be used as a guideline; our student registration will determine the final admission.

Short degree programmes

If you want to apply for a short degree programme, the following entry requirements are also applicable:

  • Having completed a minimum of three years of higher education in the discipline of further study. 
  • Or a Bachelor Degree in a related field of study. 

The students’ qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific course on the basis of the provided diplomas, curriculum vitae,  letter of motivation and, if necessary, an intake interview.

***Important notice: To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is securely monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®. For further information check here.

If you’ve applied for an English programme, you will have to fulfill the English language requirements.

  • IELTS: we accept Academic IELTS certificates with a minimum Bandscore of 6.0.
  • ***TOEFL: we accept TOEFL Internet Based certificates with a minimum score of 80 and TOEFL Paper Based certificates with a minimum score of 550.
  • Cambridge language assessment: we accept Cambridge Language Assessment certificates with a minimum score of 169 – First, Advanced, Proficiency.
  • Official statement English bachelor or master: if the medium of instruction of your bachelor or master studies was in English, please provide us with an official signed and stamped statement from your university in which they state that the medium of instruction of the entire curriculum was in English.
  • Exemption based on previous education: In some cases, European students can be exempted from submitting an English proficiency test. Please check Nuffic's diploma list to see if you have to supply an official English language test.

Please note that we do not accept language tests/certificates older than 2 years.

IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC en Cambridge English grades & scale

IELTS TOEFL Paper Based TOEFL Internet Based TOEIC** Cambridge English Score*
Listening and Reading Speaking and Writing
5.0 500 60 600 240 154 - 161
5.5 525 70 620 260 162 - 168
6.0 550 80 670 290 169 - 175
6.5 575 90 720 310 176 - 184
7.0 600 100 780 350 185 - 190
7.5 625 113 790 400 191 - 199

Cambridge English Score: check the conversion tool to convert your test scores to the Cambridge English Scale. 

** All parts, namely 'Speaking and Writing' ánd 'Listening and Reading', must meet the score requirements. 

Prospective preparatory students are required to apply for their future programme (bachelor, master, etc) at the same time as their application for  the preparatory course. The reason for this is to establish whether they meet all other entry requirements for their intended future studies. 
Preparatory Year 
Prospective students must have an IELTS score of at least 5.0 so that the starting level is in line with the target score (IELTS 6.0) necessary to get admission to courses in higher education. 
Preparatory Semester 
Prospective students must have an IELTS score of at least 5.5 so that the starting level is in line with the target score (IELTS 6.0) necessary to get admission to courses in higher education. 

For students from these countries, the following additional entry requirements apply: 

Additional requirements for students from Bangladesh 

  • Students need at least an A (A-, A or A+) on all subjects on their transcript of records, and a GPA of at least 3.5. 
  • Academic IELTS scores should not be 0.5 points lower than the required overall IELTS score (a 6.0 for bachelor and master programmes, for preparatory courses, see above). 
  • Students with a 2 year gap between their previous education and their desired start date at Saxion are not admissible. 

Additional requirements for students from Nepal 

  • Students from Nepal need an average score of 60% or higher on their transcript of records. 
  • Academic IELTS scores should not be 0.5 points lower than the required overall IELTS score (a 6.0 for bachelor and master programmes, for preparatory courses, see above). 

Students with a 2 year gap between their previous education and their desired start date at Saxion are not admissible. 

Depending on the study programme you choose, a curriculum vitae and motivation letter might need to be uploaded, together with the completion of  an intake interview. This will be shown in the SIS Saxion Portal once you’ve made an application.

As part of the enrolment process, CMGT submits applicants to a compulsory intake. The CMGT intake consists of 4 elements:

  1. Digital questionnaire;
  2. Assignment;
  3. Basic portfolio (samples of previous trials/work);
  4. (Skype) Intake Interview.

Based on these 4 elements, you will receive an admission advice. In contrast to most other programs, the admission decision for CMGT is binding. If you receive a negative decision, you cannot enroll in the programme.

Our intake system opens in November. Please apply via
The deadline for making a interview appointment is 15 June.
The deadline for completing the whole intake is 15 July.

During the intake, we’ll assess your ability to:

  1. Creatively use technology;
  2. Translate your imagination into a specific solution.

Within one week after the interview, you’ll receive an e-mail with our decision regarding your admission to the Creative Media and Game Technology programme. This decision is final and binding.

  1. Digital questionnaire

The digital questionnaire includes questions that help you identify your motivation, skills, personal qualities and professional image. You are requested to do this as soon as possible after you have received the invitation to login.

  1. Assignment

Create a basic, functional game level and show the game during your interview. You can use any design/game tool, i.e., GameMaker, Scratch 2.0, Unity, etc. You need to choose one of these 4 themes:

  • (Arctic) exploration;
  • “It’s a jungle out there”;
  • Monsters;
  • Maze.

Your assignment will be assessed on 2 criteria:

  1. Your use of technology in a creative way;
  2. Your ability to translate your imagination into a specific solution.

Both criteria need to be met, but you’re free to choose your focus. So, if you’re artistic, you focus more on the sketches, characters, and assets. If you’re an engineer, you focus more on the gameplay or coding. It’s a creative assignment, so use your imagination.
For your sketches, you can choose  either regular drawing, digital drawing, 3D, photography or a combination of these methods; Bring your game to the interview (notebook, or screen sharing via Skype). We’ll assess you on the following requirements:

Requirements for the use of technology in a creative way;
• Add (based on your own sketches) some game elements;
• Add a background to the game;
• Add (a) game character(s) to the game;
• A timer, so you have a limited to play the game;
• Your character(s) can move;
• Add penalties and/or rewards;

Requirements for translation of imagination to a specific solution
• Make 3 different character sketches;
• Sketch three different game backgrounds;
• Sketch several assets/objects. I.e., walls, bushes, clouds, etc. by hand on paper;
• Bring your game and all sketches to the interview, or show scans of the sketches via screen sharing

Design tools
You’re free to choose any (design) tool you like. If you have no experience with any particular design/game tool, you can take a look at one of the following tools:

  1. Basic portfolio (samples of previous trials/work) 

Bring samples (portfolio items) of previous trials/work/portfolio with you during your intake interview. If you do the intake interview via Skype: use Skype screen sharing to share your previous trials/work/ portfolio. Your samples of previous trials/work/portfolio will give us insight into your creativity, motivation, and areas of interest.

Portfolio items can be:
Concept Art, 2D design, 3D modeling, animation, drawings, level design, photography, video, in-game work, graphic design, audio, high school work, Game engines, Networking, Algorithms, pieces of code, working software programs, concept designs, audio, etc.

4. (Skype) Intake interview

The results of the assignment and basic portfolio will provide us with starting points for discussion. During the intake interview, you discuss your preference for CMGT with a study career counsellor. Your interests and expectations, the research you undertook before deciding on this particular degree programme and the industry in which you will ultimately be working, also receive attention. During the intake interview, we’ll discuss your samples/work/portfolio, and your approach to the assignment to get insight into your motivations.

Note : You have to show your assignment through Skype screen sharing. If you do the interview at Saxion University in Enschede, you have to bring it on your own notebook. It’s not possible to upload any files of the assignment to the intake system.

You’ll be invited for the Skype interview if you’re living outside of The Netherlands, or more then 200 km from Enschede. All other candidates are required to do the interview in Enschede.

Good luck!

The CMGT intake team

More information

For more information please contact our Servicepoint. You can find a Servicepoint in Deventer and Enschede. They are open every working day. All (future) Saxion-students can ask their questions here, regardless of the location of your programme