Game Design and Development
Game Design and Development

Design, develop and turn your games into a business.

Game Design and Development is a curriculum designed to provide skills for developing both mobile and PC games, as well as starting up game companies. As you may know, the video game industry is the fastest growing entertainment industry in the world. In the year 2021 only, the video games market volume exceeded €80bn, which is more than that of film and music combined. The rapid development of technology and almost constant release of new games means that the gaming industry offers a vast array of career opportunities in various disciplines. This is exactly the direction towards which the Game Design and Development program steers. 

Deadline for applications for EU and non-EU candidates: 30.11.2023

For questions about admission, please contact
Three-year program
Full-time study in English from Monday to Wednesday
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (BA)
Game design and development specialisation module (69 ECTS)
Entrepreneurship module (15 ECTS)
Basic studies module (22 ECTS)
Research methodology module (8 ECTS)
Game design general studies module (22 ECTS)
Final paper and internship module (44 ECTS)
Why to study?
Its main focus is on gameplay development, game mechanics and monetisation model design; with possible specialisation in game graphics or software development. Hence, the curriculum of Game Design and Development is suited for people who have a deep interest in games and, possibly, a wide array of hobbies. One of the most important parts is having the ability to look past the gameplay. If you find yourself analysing the games you play, you have selected the correct curriculum. Students with prior knowledge or skills in graphics or programming have another advantage, since this curriculum is a great option for finding an outlet for seemingly exclusive interests like artistic programming or music graphic designing. 
The curriculum will facilitate the flow of students' creativity by covering all the aspects of game-creation and providing knowledge and tools to design new virtual worlds from the ground up. As you know, a game is a complex product and a game designer – who is well-versed in software development, computer graphics and business thinking – could become a core member of a team, a specialist for developing magnificent game mechanics and captivating gameplay. 

The curriculum is:
  • one of the four game development study programmes in Europe
  • the one and only game development study programme in the Baltic states
The curriculum provides:
  • lectures by experienced industry professionals.
  • benchmark development tools.
  • regular GameJams.
  • small groups, up to 25 students.
Admission deadlines for Spring semester 2024:
  • application deadline for non-EU countries (EU visa required): 30.11.2023
  • application deadline for EU (and EU visa-free countries): 30.11.2023

Info about scholarships and grants can be found HERE.

As a graduate, there are many positions from which you can begin your career in the games industry. Some include:
  • Character designer
  • Level designer
  • Game designer
  • Software developer for games
  • Concept artist
  • Videogame graphics artist

EUAS' partners in providing game design studies are among Creative Mobile, Derivco Estonia,  GameLab, IGDA Estonia, Level1.

Once in year in Tallinn
tuition fee per year for non-EU citizen 6920 €
tuition fee per year for EU citizen 6520 €
Criteria for admission
  • internationally recognized secondary education
  • online test
  • motivation letter/short essay
  • admission interview
  • motivation to study and an entrepreneurial mindset
  • proof of English proficiency: IELTS 5.5 (IELTS score validity is three years), TOEFL 46-59 (TOEFL score validity is two years), Cambridge 162-170.
For questions about admission, please contact
Head of Curriculum
Inna Švartsman, MSc