M.A. Game Design and Production

Aalto University

Application deadline: 15 February
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Offering know-how in game design, analysis and understanding of game structure, the programme includes both theoretical and practical coursework with real-life projects and guest lecturers from world-class companies in the field.

Courses are divided in two subject areas. The first is developing research readiness and the second is the methodology and practical aspects of game design. The programme starts with an introduction to game design with an emphasis on practical exercises. The first phase is followed by a longterm project, in which students design and create a computer game. While working on the project, students pursue theoretical studies in Game Analysis, Understanding Games and Playability Evaluation.

Education is given in the Media Lab, and the teaching language is English.


Graduates of the following degrees are eligible to apply:

· Bachelors degree from a suitable field (e.g. art education, art history, museology or culture) from any university

· Bachelors degree in applied or fine arts

· Applicable Bachelors degree from a university of applied sciences

Applicants are also expected to have good knowledge or experience of contemporary art.

To be eligible, applicants must have the necessary skills in the degree programmes language of instruction.

You do not need a language certificate if

· you have completed your Bachelor's/Master's degree in Finland in Finnish, Swedish or English, or

· you have completed an equivalent foreign degree in English. The language of instruction must be mentioned on the degree certificate, in the transcript of study records, or in a separate official letter from the institution.

All other applicants must prove their proficiency in English, Finnish or Swedish by producing one of the following language certificates. The language certificate must be an official diploma from a language test and it must be received by the School of Art and Design by the end of the application period (February 15, 2012).

Acceptable English language certificates

Computer-based TOEFL test, min. total score of 213

Paper-based TOEFL test, min. total score of 550

TOEFL iBT, min. total score of 7980

IELTS(Academic), min. total score of 6

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), grades A, B and C

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grades A, B and C

TOEFL (ets.org) and IELTS (Academic) (ielts.org) test results are valid for two years from the test date. This means that the oldest acceptable test date for TOEFL and IELTS certificates is February 28, 2010. CAE and CPE (cambridgeesol.org) certificates are valid indefinitely.

Acceptable Finnish and Swedish language certificates

National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish, min. level 3-4

National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Swedish, min. level 3-4

National Certificates of Language Proficiency (oph.fi) are valid indefinitely. The tests can only be completed in Finland.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

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