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Are you the next game designer or game artist? Then look no further and get set for the Gaming study programme of Saxion!
Games are a huge industry and it’s still expanding quickly. Games are more realistic than ever and the (creative) possibilities grow faster than ever! Smartphones, virtual reality, motion capture, all the new technology creates opportunities, which are there for you to explore.
Not only entertainment, but also serious gaming is a fast growing industry. Educational games, mobile games and games for advertisement, museums or the health sector play an increasing role in our society. Gaming is booming and big business. It is expanding like never before. The call for skilled and expert game designers and programmers. With Gaming you step into a world that has no boundaries. If you love to make use of the latest technology, and if you are a (starting) programming wizard, than this studies is suited for you!
Our Gaming study programme connects technology, creativity, innovation and human science so you will be ready to become the game specialist of the future. We are looking for technically driven students that want to make all features in a game possible. You do this by working closely together with creative students who are responsible for the graphical part.
This programme is part of Creative Media & Game Technologies.
Do you want to experience Game Engineering? GE offers you the possibility of a taster day. A student will guide you. Together you will visit theoretical an practical classes in the field of materials, collection and buying. Please contact Ms. Florien Ticheler. She will give you the name of a student and together you will plan a suitable date for the taster day.
In the first two years you will create a broad base for the rest of your education. You will go through all the basics disciplines necessary for games programming. In the first year you focus on programming in C# within the GXP engine and Unity 3d. You learn about structuring your code using object orientation. Vector math and game physics are included here.
In the second year programming gets more advanced, using C++ as a programming language. We find out how game engines work and do some game engine programming ourselves: we also look at game servers including network programming and databases. We will be using software engineering methods like scrum, and expand the complexity of the GDP & GE projects.
The second year ends with a full-time project for an external company. You also write a graduation plan, helping you to determine how the third en fourth years of your studies are going to be planned. Specialization, research, personal skills and professional development are the major topics here.
In the third year you will find an internship, lasting approximately 5 months. In a company you are a co-worker while studying the ways the company works, their methods, their workflows and their profession. After that you can focus yourself while working on the topic of your choice for five months, also known as your specialization. Within certain restrictions, you decide in which domain you want to specialize.
The minor enables you to widen your vision by choosing from the many minors Saxion, or more indepth. You may want to explore entrepreneurship as a preparation for running your own Independent Game Company or whatever suits you to create the best games out there!
Finally there is the graduation project. This is where you show what you can do, within the context of a company assignment. Once graduated, you will be an independent young professional, ready to take on whatever challenging opportunities are out there!
For more information, download this schematic overview!
Students, applying for Game Engineering have to meet the general entry requirements.
A student who wants to study Game Engineering should have a basic understanding of programming and must have thorough math skills. Apart from the general entry requirements, you will need to supply the following:
You will receive a specific assignment after finishing your application. You have about 1 week to complete and send in the assignment. After sending in your assignment, a Skype interview will be scheduled.
For more information, please download the information about the intake procedure.
At the end of your studies, you are a game programmer. This can be on a low-level eninge area, or more in gameplay. Lua, C#, C++, openGL and different game engines are just some of the skills you can offer a company, and at the moment, programmers are really wanted! Due to a good understanding of these basics, you are capable of adapting to the industry and what it needs at that moment.
At the Game Engineering studies we are always looking for ways to provide you with the latest technologies, gadgets and possibilities. If you keep these new possibilities in mind, the career opportunities are plenty. Not only in entertainment games, but also serious games, gamification, mobile apps, advertisement, simulation games, IT and communication companies belong to the possibilities which provide many opportunities for a graduated ‘GE’ student to enter the games industry.