Creative Media and Game Technologies
4-year professional bachelor’s programme | English-taught
Danny Flu, first year student
Concept art for Child of Lothian
Zsófia Danková, third year student
Project work for Child of Lothian
Hanne Hammarstrøm, third year student
Thomas Franken, third year student
Mathijs Kapteijn, third year student
Máté Válent, second year student
Malte Langheim, fourth year student
Why study games at BUas?
- Small-scale education, lecturers from the international industry
- Project-driven education with real-life projects in our DataLab
- Fully English-taught degree programme in an international classroom
The right choice?
Do you want to know if Creative Media and Game Technologies is the right choice for you?
Within five minutes you will find out if this bachelor's programme is the right fit for you!
This game programme prepares you for a future in the international game industry. You will acquire a broad knowledge of game technology and will mainly work on skills. You will learn all about game development, gameplay and level design, 3D visual arts, animation, audio, production and programming. In our simulation studio, you will work on games, of course. You will do this individually, but also together with other students.
You choose a study track as early as before the start of your studies, so that right from year 1 you take the role that best suits your own interests and development wishes. In the second year, you can choose to become a 'general developer' or continue in the direction you chose in the first year. Examples of roles are character artist, graphics programmer and level designer.
The year is divided into several blocks in which you work on projects. In each project you choose a role that fits your chosen study track.
The study tracks are:
- Design & Production
- Film Visual Effects.
- Visual Arts
Below you can see how each year is structured; the courses you wil will take can be found in the information about the relevant study track.
- Year 1
The first year consists of four blocks. The first three cover fundamental skills that build towards tightly defined projects to enhance your knowledge, all supported by lectures and seminars. The fourth block continues this, while you also work in cross-disciplinary teams to develop a game, practising your skills in a real project and learning how to work in a small development team.
- Year 2
Year 2 consists of four blocks. You spend two blocks further developing your advanced skills in your chosen role. In the other two blocks, you work in small multidisciplinary teams building game projects, supported by lectures and seminars. You also have the possibility to go on exchange for one semester
- Year 3
This year you specialise in your chosen role either working in a multidisciplinary team on a year-long game project or in a smaller specialist team supporting the game project. You also have the possibility to go on exchange for one semester.
- Year 4
In the graduation year you work on two projects that may include:
- completing a portfolio project individually or in a group (always assessed individually);
- working at a company (with a project deliverable);
- developing a business plan and designing a product (to start your own company, supported by our entrepreneurship start-up specialists);
- taking part in a one-semester exchange programme at one of our partner universities.
Or combine the two projects and work on a year-long project, or go on a year-long internship.
We also encourage our students to go abroad during their studies. In year 4, students participate in projects at companies around the world.
BUas offers its own pre-master's programme Strategic Business Management and Marketing (SBM). If your academic results are good, you will be offered the opportunity of attending this pre-master’s programme in your fourth year. Successful completion of this track will give you direct access, after Breda University of Applied Sciences, to various Master of Science programmes in business-related studies in management and marketing at several partner universities. A few examples are the universities of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In this way, it will be possible for you to earn an academic master's degree within five years' time or, after having completed an accelerated three-year track, even within four years' time.
After your fourth year, you can also opt for a pre-master’s programme of a Dutch research university to gain direct access to their master’s programmes.
- Study load
Games is a varied, challenging programme:
- You will be working in teams for many hours per week – it is definitely a full-time course of study;
- You will be backed up by industry knowledge and theory;
- You will build a portfolio, and then step straight into games industry studios or start your own company.
We have high standards. We are looking for people who:
- Understand the roles that they are asking to study;
- Are engaged with the games industry from a developer’s viewpoint, not only as a player;
- Are already showing their determination by starting to learn in their own time.
If you already have a vwo-diploma, a ‘Hochschulreifezeugnis’ (Abitur) or a comparable pre-education, Creative Media and Game Technologies may be able to offer you the opportunity of completing the programme in just three years. List of appropriate educational qualifications.
All other international applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the standard of the diploma will be appropriate for the fast track.
How does it work?
The selection procedure for the fast track is the same as that for the regular programme.
- In the first year, you will be required to complete your propaedeutic phase of the variant for which you have been selected (Visual Arts / Programming, Film Visual Effects or Design & Production).
- The second year follows the same structure as the regular course.
- In the third year, a number of options are open to you. These include placements, individual projects, or taking part in group projects together with fellow students.
Should you be interested in the fast track and if you have questions that are related to the content and set-up of the study programme, please contact AGMapplication@buas.nl.
Through a four- to five-month exchange with one of our many global partner universities, you can have an international experience while maintaining your academic achievement level. We encourage you to go abroad since this will enhance your employability internationally after graduation. Other advantages are increasing your international network, learning other languages and increasing your understanding of cross-cultural differences (and, of course, also similarities). We can guarantee that your perspectives will shift to a global view!
At BUas you are trained to become an entrepreneurial professional. In all the professional bachelor’s programmes, you are given the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills. You will be taught about entrepreneurship in courses specifically designed for this purpose. In your second year, you can take part in an Excellence Track in Entrepreneurship.
And in the fourth year you can opt for a BUas-wide in Entrepreneurship, or you can even graduate in your own business! Perhaps, by that time, you already have a profitable business or have plans to start one? BUas Startup Support can help you.
More information on how to start your own bussines.
To meet the educational requirements to this degree programme, you need a havo or vwo diploma or an equivalent of these Dutch diplomas. You can also be admitted with an equivalent of level-4 mbo diploma. Check out the complete admission requirements.
Application and selection
If you meet the admission requirements, you are invited to apply for this programme. Admission is based on selection, each year 220 students are admitted. Please check out the application and selection procedure.
In the academic year 2024-2025 the statutory + tuition fee for this bachelor programme is €3,160. In addition to the tuition fee, you will need to take into account additional costs for participation in the introduction week and the purchase of study materials such as textbooks and excursions. Read more about study costs.
It was love at first sight
During the Showcase Day I presented my game to the industry
One of the best experiences I had during my studies, was our annual Showcase Day – a day where we play all the games made by fellow students and can present them to the industry who visit.
My tips for students who still have to make a choice:
- Come to the Open Day or online Digital Discovery Day
- Follow Your Road to Buas
After your bachelor
As a graduate you will be equipped to enter a variety of programmer, design and visual artist related careers. In addition to the regular positions within the (console-based) games industry there are opportunities in the field of film special effects (VFX), web-based games and mobile games development.