• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

Game Design and Production is a multidisciplinary major that tightly integrates students from different backgrounds. Hands on with minds on – create and analyze games, experiment with new technologies and design approaches, and meet brilliant people with whom to build the future!

At the School of Science, Game Design and Production is one of the eight majors offered in the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS). Studies in the programme are based on both the latest scientific research and industrial state-of-the-art.

Learning outcomes

The Game Design and Production major is organized in collaboration with Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) and the two majors share a large portion of the courses. The obligatory courses differ, however, and the CCIS students have more more technical courses on topics such as computer graphics and artificial intelligence.

In addition to a deep understanding of games, graduates will have a portfolio of completed projects, which helps in getting into the games industry. The teaching staff includes both game industry professionals and game scholars.

Career opportunities

The profiles of the graduates include e.g. game programmer, game designer and game studio founder. Our best student games such as Pako and Shadow Bug have enjoyed worldwide success and critical acclaim.

Aalto University has a good reputation among the employers both in Finland and abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Computer Graphics
  • Machine Learning: Basic Principles
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Understanding Media, Art and Design
  • Game Design
  • Game Analysis
  • Game Project
  • Game Design Exam
  • Personal study plan
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

In addition to the compulsory application documents, the applicants to the CCIS programme are requested to provide the following, additional documents:

  • at least one original recommendation letter (preferably academic)
  • course descriptions of courses taken in relevant subject areas (see the subject list above)
  • work certificates and certificates of other relevant achievements
  • copies of any publications
  • official transcript of records for other university studies which are not included in the mandatory part of the application
  • GRE or GMAT test results, if available

The application should explain full educational history of the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English from August 2017 onwards are subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens.

Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1400 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.

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