Requirements

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 2019 – 2020. These entry requirements are published subject to changes in government policy and Saxion regulations.

For all Saxion pathways the following general entry requirements are necessary:

  • The student must demonstrate that they have the ability, motivation and determination to successfully complete the course;
  • The student must be admissible to Higher Education through a diploma of secondary education/high school diploma with good results such as for Dutch students VWO, HAVO or MBO and for foreign students diplomas which are equivalent to e.g. the German Abitur (algemeine Hochschulreife), the French Baccalaureate or the American High School (top stream or plus 1 year's college);
  • The student must have sufficient English language skills for the specific course.

The students’ qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific study programme. You need to submit diplomas and, depending on the study programme of your choice, you might need to submit a curriculum vitae, letter of motivation and/or complete an intake interview.

English Language Test Scores*
IELTS TOEFL Paper Based TOEFL Internet Based TOEIC*** Cambridge English Score**
5.0 500 60 600 154 - 161
5.5 525 70 620 162 - 168
6.0 550 80 670 169 - 175
6.5 575 90 720 176 - 184
7.0 600 100 780 185 - 190
7.5 625 113 790 191 - 199

* Please note that the language certificate is valid only up to 2 years.

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

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

European student? Please check the specific language requirements for European Students on this same page.

Next to the general entry requirements, which apply to all students, for each level of entrance specific requirements are needed.

Entrance to the first year of the 4-year Bachelor Courses

English requirements are Academic IELTS 6.0, see dropdown menu above.

Entrance to the short degree programmes

  • Having completed three years of higher education in the discipline of further study.
  • Or a Bachelors 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 provided Diplomas, Curriculum Vitae, a letter of motivation and if necessary an Intake Interview.

Entrance to our Preparatory Courses

Prospective students are required to apply for their future four-year course, final-year or Masters programme at the same time they seek entry to the Preparatory courses. The reason for this is to ascertain if they have the proper previous education for their intended future studies.

Preparatory Year
It is essential that prospective students have already reached a score of IELTS 5.0 so that the starting level is in line with the level (IELTS 6.0) they have to achieve to get admission to courses of higher education.

Preparatory Semester
It is essential that prospective students have already reached a score of IELTS 5.5 so that the starting level is in line with the level (IELTS 6.0) they have to achieve to get admission to courses of higher education.

Preparatory Short Track
It is essential that prospective students have already reached a score of IELTS 5.5 (minimum score for listening and speaking 5.0) so that the starting level is in line with the level (IELTS 6.0) they have to achieve to get admission to courses of higher education.

To enter our Bachelor and Master courses, an IELTS 6.0 (or comparable level of English proficiency) is necessary. 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.

For students from these countries the following additional entry requirements apply.

General conditions

Deadlines

  • Application deadline: 15 April 2019
  • Payment deadline: 12 May 2019

You can check a complete overview of all our application and payment deadlines here.

Additional requirements for students from Bangladesh

  • Students need at least an A (A-, A or A+) on all subjects on their transcript of records an a GPA from at least 3.5.
  • Minimum 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.
  • Minimum 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.

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 binding decision, you cannot enroll in the programme.

Our intake system opens in November. Please apply via www.studielink.nl

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

You are requested to fill in a digital questionnaire (assessment) at the start of the intake process. In the digital questionnaire you will be asked questions on various matters.

The digital questionnaire will take about 45 minutes to complete. The assessment includes assignments/questions that help you identify your motivation, skills, personal qualities and the professional image. These are difficult exercises and most people are not able to answer all questions without errors. There is a time limit for some of the questions. When you do not answer these questions on time or if you do answer them without clicking 'next', the answer will be considered incorrect. You are requested to do this as soon as possible after you have received the information about the login. 

2. 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:

  • GameMaker: www.YoYogames.com;
  • Scratch 2.0: scratch.mit.edu (online or download);
  • Other design/game tools.

3. 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 than 200 km from Enschede. All other candidates are required to do the interview in Enschede.

Good luck!

The CMGT Intake Team