Game Design at Campus Gotland

Our Bachelor's Programmes give students the required skills to go on to work in the games industry or continue with further studies. Our Master's programmes connect students to current research within Game Design. We also offer short courses.

Studying Game Design

Bachelor Programmes in Game Design

A Bachelor's degree in Game Design gives you the tools to work with the game medium on a professional level and equips you to develop new expressions within the field. Former graduates have started their own studios and work at some of the world’s best known game companies. 

You can expect to regularly generate new concepts throughout your studies, and to be taught in a way that encourages you to be innovative and creative in your approach to your work. The programmes deliver skills that range from basic to advanced, which are continually used in the game design projects that are an essential part of the courses.

The Bachelor's degree requires students to produce a degree project at the end of their education. Here is a list of previous students' projects. 

Master Programmes in Game Design

A Master's degree, either one year or two years, develops a deeper understanding of games as expressive media and their social and cultural effects. With its specific emphasis on the impact games have on society and the core themes such as ethical game design, meaning-making, representation, inclusion and social justice, the programme prepares you to become a critical and informed voice in the field of games, either in a creative, consulting, communicative, research or educational capacity.

If you want to check out the recent publications of our department's researchers, see here for more details.

New for 2022/23: Certificate in Transformative Game Design

Our Transformative Play Initiative is offering four (4) freestanding advanced-level courses starting this Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023.

These courses are designed to be completed online and at half-pace, with mostly pre-recorded lectures but you will also need to collaborate with your classmates who could be located anywhere in the world. 

The focus is on the applied use of analog role-playing games as vehicles for personal and social change, whether facilitated in-person or in online environments. Ideally, our students plan to work or are employed in helping professions, such as educators, therapists, social workers, community leaders, coaches, camp counselors, spiritual guides, etc. We especially welcome students to apply who have some background in role-playing games as designers, facilitators, and/or participants. Anyone with a Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university and with English language proficiency can apply from anywhere in the world.

Students who complete all four (4) courses are eligible for a Certificate in Transformative Game Design. You can apply to the autumn courses before April 19:

And you can continue in the spring semester, after applying in October, to the continuing courses:

In this initial start up year, the application is in the Swedish site only but we can provide guidance. Please feel free to contact our study advisor, Stephanie Noroozy at gamedesign@speldesign.uu.se to learn more about the application procedures and other important deadlines to consider.

Further questions?

You will find answers to many of the most common questions we get from prospective students on our FAQ page.

For examples of student projects and games as well as further information on events we organise or attend please visit the GAME blog.

If you have further questions about studying Game Design at Uppsala University - Campus Gotland or general questions about studying in Sweden, please email us on gamedesign@speldesign.uu.se.

Do you have plans to visit Visby and want to meet us? In connection with our big events, Alumni Days in December and Gotland Game Conference in June, we can offer a short presentation about our education and show you around our lecture rooms before the big event that you are welcome to join. To sign up for the presentation, write to gamedesign@speldesign.uu.se no later than 3 days before the big event.

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Last modified: 2022-05-10