Aalto University

New Media - Game Design and Production, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Game Design and Production is a Major Subject within the Master’s Programme in New Media focusing on game design for interactive digital media. The New Media - Game Design and Production course is offered by Aalto University.


The education is project-oriented and provides a unique possibility for developing game design skills while also building conceptual understanding on games. Students will deepen their skills based on a personal study plan. Multidisciplinarity is emphasized by the highly diverse backgrounds of students – one can apply with any Bachelor’s degree, and the students include programmers, 3D artists, animators, creative writers, architects, and even psychologists. The New Media - Game Design and Production course is delivered by Aalto University.

The teacher network includes top game industry professionals and game scholars. The programme is taught in English, and students can write their thesis in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Learning outcomes

The core competences which the students will develop are design, project management, prototyping, research, teamwork skills, and deeper skills in their own area of game design and production.

As a graduate students have

  • understanding of games as systems,
  • ability to take a key part in a game production group,
  • understanding of the different competences needed in game production and
  • capability to critically analyse and develop established traditions

Studies can be complemented with courses from related fields such as 3D animation, interactive storytelling and interaction design. The Major Subject provides an excellent basis for an international career. A significant number of the department’s students, teachers and researchers are from abroad. Students and researchers are encouraged to network internationally and have an option to spend a part of their studies abroad.

Career opportunities

The game industry is an exciting and growing field. Studenta can find careers in game design, game programming, game art, game production, game scriptwriting and game research, depending on your study choices. Entrepreneurial skills can also be gained, e.g., through minor subject studies in the university-wide Aalto Ventures Program. Many students have started their own game companies, and all graduates will have completed projects in their portfolio.

The graduates are independent professionals who have the capacity to lead and manage the development of their professional field internationally. The curriculum of the programme is being developed in cooperation with other academic institutions and the industry, which supports the students' career planning. The Master's Theses of the students are being co-advised by external experts from the academia and the private sector.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Introduction to 3D Animation
  • Composing with Data Flow Programming
  • Game Jam
  • UX Strategy and Service Design
  • Game Design
  • Production Clinic
  • 3D Animation
  • Sound Seminar
  • Sound Clinic
  • Games Now!
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:


    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):


    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:


    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:


    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

Admission procedure and criteria

The selection happens through the Aalto ARTS master's students admission process. We seek candidates who already possess advanced skills in one or more aspects of game creation (e.g., design, programming, animation or 3d modeling), and have a passion to both deepen and broaden their knowledge.

Game Design and Production Major applicants should have
  • strong professional interest towards game design and/or game production
  • insight into new media design and game related research
  • some proven design competence
  • fluent English (oral / written)

Relevant former studies and working experience is appreciated, as well as hobby projects and game related activities.

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

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
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.


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