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Postgraduate 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 the recent years, there has been a greater demand and also offer for videogame courses in Portugal. This growth, accompanied by the industry itself, has focused essentially on programming and artwork creation 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 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. The working platform is Dreams™, from the renowned Media Molecule studio, partner of this Postgraduate Course which is also supported by Sony Interactive Entertainment Portugal, providing access to the PlayStation® platform within the scope of the PlayStation®Talents program.

Start date
November
Duration
9 months
Schedule
Post-work
Language
English
Portugal
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Why to study Postgraduate Course in Game Design?

Innovative Factors
  • Taught in English: The postgraduate course is fully taught in English, a language normally adopted in videogame studios with international teams
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL): with the curricular units focused on practical projects. After expository introductions and practical examples, the student reinforces their knowledge of the contents through the development and materialization of their ideas in practical work.
  • Contact with the industry: Lectured by professional videogame developers, the postgraduate course enhances students' direct contact with the industry.
Partnership
  • Partnership with Media Molecule, renowned studio that developed the DREAMS™ game creation platform, used in the practical work of the course.
  • Partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment Portugal, providing access to PlayStation®4 consoles under the PlayStation®Talents program.
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.

Study plan

Consult the structure of the curricular plan

PROGRAM STRUCTURE
CURRICULAR UNITSfaculty
INTRODUCTION TO GAME DEVELOPMENTNélio Codices
GAME ENGINES & LEVEL EDITORSFilipe Duarte Pina
GAME DESIGN IWilson Almeida
UI & HUMANE DESIGNEdgar Jesus
LEVEL DESIGNEdgar Jesus
INTERACTIVE STORYTELLINGFilipe Duarte Pina
GAME DESIGN IIWilson Almeida
FINAL PROJECTAll the program faculty

Teaching staff

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Career ppportunities

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

  • Professionals from the creative and technological areas who wish to deepen their training in videogame development
  • Professionals who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the area of Game Design
  • Professionals who wish to consolidate their career in the domain of Game Design techniques
  • Undergraduate students of courses related to videogame development, computer science, audiovisuals, arts, and design.

Admissions

Candidates interested in entering IADE will be able to formalize their candidacy throughout the year, in person or via Online Application. The application process is subject to the existing vague and to the adaptation of the profile of the candidate to the cycle of studies of interest. To start the Admission Process, the candidate must follow these 3 steps:

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1. Information Request

Schedule a meeting with an Admissions Advisor

1. Information Request

Schedule a meeting with an Admissions Advisor

2. Documentation

Gather the requested documentation in the admission process

3. Candidature

Progress with the formalization of the candidacy, in person or online

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