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Postgraduation in Game Design

Videogames is the most profitable entertainment area internationally and has seen unstoppable growth. However, creating videogames is not the same thing as playing them. In recent years, there has been a greater demand for and offering of videogame courses in Portugal. This growth, accompanied by the industry itself, has focused essentially on programming and artwork for videogames. The industry, increasingly demanding and competitive, looks for other skills and, in Portugal, the rarest of them is that of Game Designer.

Lectured by Game Designers and other industry experts, this Postgraduate Course in Game Design prepares future professionals for the technical, artistic, and human difficulties of videogame production by teaching methodologies for creating playable prototypes. Students will be working with DREAMS™, from the renowned Media Molecule studio, a partner of this Postgraduate Course along with Sony Interactive Entertainment Portugal, providing access to the PlayStation® platform within the scope of the PlayStation®Talents program.

Start dateOctober 2024
Duration10 months

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Why to study Postgraduation in Game Design?

Project-Based Learning Methodology

Curricular units focused on practical projects where the student learns the various contents and is assessed in the development and materialization of their ideas, culminating in an integrative final project.

Cycle of lectures by Chris Solarski

The program includes a cycle of lectures by Chris Solarski, an international reference, is a guest speaker in a cycle of lectures on visual culture, covering topics such as color theory and application, form and geometry, and composition principles.

Taught in English

The postgraduate course is fully taught in English, a language normally adopted in videogame studios with international teams.

Contact with the industry

Lectured by professional videogame developers, the postgraduate course enhances students' direct contact with the industry.


  • DREAMS™ software: Media Molecule's game creation platform will be used to carry out the various practical assignments of the course.
  • PlayStation®4 platform: access to consoles for the development of the assignments, provided by Sony Interactive Entertainment Portugal under the PlayStation®Talents program.

Study plan

Consult the structure of the curricular plan

GAME DESIGN IWilson Almeida
HUMANE DESIGNEdgar André Jesus
LEVEL DESIGNEdgar André Jesus
GAME DESIGN IIWilson Almeida
FINAL PROJECTAll the program faculty

Teaching staff

Get to know the Coordinator and Teaching staff of the Postgraduate in Game Design.

Nélio Codices
Chris Solarski
Edgar André Jesus
Filipe Duarte Pina
Wilson Almeida
After exploring game design in my bachelor's, this postgrad offered me a deeper dive into the technical and artistic aspects of game and level design, alongside enriching skills like UX/UI. The professors' dedication to networking opens up invaluable opportunities for entering the industry

Feyzanur Gomes

Senior Marketing Executive at HiJiffy

Career opportunities

The students will obtain skills for the functions of Game Designer and Level Designer to integrate multidisciplinary teams in videogame studios, start activity in the area as a freelancer, or even create their own studio.

Public and recipients

  • Game development professionals who wish to consolidate their career in the domain of Game Design;
  • Professionals from creative/technological areas who wish to gain skills in or refocus on Game Design or game development in general;
  • Graduates of videogame development and related courses who wish to specialize in Game Design;
  • Anyone, from any background, who wants to explore game development and Game Design in particular.


Candidates interested in joining IADE can apply throughout the year. The application process is limited by existing vacancies and the suitability of the candidate's profile to the study cycle of interest.

To start the admission process, the candidate must follow these 3 steps.