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Global Bachelor's Degree in Games Development

Did you know that the Degree in Games Development:

  • Is taught entirely in English preparing you, from day one, for an international career?
  • It responds directly to the market, allowing you to develop the skills that are demanded of professionals by the video games, web and mobile applications industry?
  • It allows you to gain experience in multiple programming languages (Processing, JavaScript, C#, C++), making you a more attractive professional for the industry?
  • Allows you to develop expertise in multiple technologies, including video game engines (Unity, Unreal, GameMaker, Construct, full stack web and mobile development frameworks, 3D, game consoles, PC, among others)?

In this degree, you will have the opportunity to develop the video games of the future, with technologies of the future!

Higher academic degree
3 years

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Why to study a Global Bachelor's Degree in Games Development?

IADE is a member of the PlayStation™ First Academic Program

It guarantees access to professional hardware and software development tools, as IADE is a member of the PlayStation™ First Academic Program which is operated by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).

Methodologies and technological skills
  • Project-based learning (PBL) – Each semester is based on a single, realistic project. By the end of the degree, students have already six products developed (games or applications), which are the main elements of the portfolio they will present to the industry.
  • Clear focus on development – Combination of the various aspects of video games and web/mobile applications creation with software development and software engineering.
  • Multidisciplinary teams – Part of the six semester-long projects are carried out by teams that also integrate students from other B.Sc.’s, increasing the quality of the created products and students skills in multidisciplinary teamwork.
  • Multiple languages – Students develop their projects using multiple programming languages of increasing complexity (e.g., Processing, JavaScript, C#, and C++).
  • Multiple technologies – Students gain experience using multiple technologies, including game engines, mobile and web development frameworks, 3D, game consoles, PCs, etc. Students will also explore new horizons through modules focusing on creativity, critical thinking, as well as emerging game technologies.
International experience

The international strand of Games Development it’s visible not only by the teacher staff but also the international semester that it provides to their students.

The program is taught entirely in English and includes a mandatory international mobility semester in top international universities, which provides the students with the global perspective that is essential in this professional field.

During a semester, the students get the chance to study at one of the best schools in the area, Abertay University in Scotland.


During the degree, students will have constant contact with the business world in and out of the classroom, both through projects with companies and through a mandatory traineeship. You Will also have the opportunity to participate in multiple events for instance how You show the product development.

Study plan

Consult the structure of the curricular plan

Math, Physics and Games I426
Programming Fundamentals426
Visual Art for Games426
Game Production283
Computational Systems for games283
2D Project283
Communication Skills283
Game Design426
Web Programming9812
Web Project283
Ethics and Professional Deontology283
Math and Physics for Games II566
Mobile Programming426
Game Frameworks426
Data Structures426
Multiplatform Project283
Science, Sources and Methods283
Math and Physics for Games III566
Computer Graphics426
Artificial Intelligence426
Software Development Methodologies426
3D Project283
Creativity and Critical Thinking283
Emerging game technologies566
Distributed Programming426
Security for Games426
Advanced Techniques in Game Programming426
Multiplayer Project283
Business Model for Games283
Usability and user experience426
Integration with Social Networks and Other Platforms426
Game Engine Development9812
Final Project566

Admission exams

  • 16 Mathematics and 10 Descriptive Geometry or
  • 16 Mathematics and 07 Physics & Chemistry or
  • 16 Mathematics or


Career opportunities

  • Digital Games Programmer
  • Interactive systems and Artificial Intelligence
  • Games for social networks and companies
  • Data analyst
  • Programmer

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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.

1. Information request

Schedule a clarification conversation with an Admissions Advisor

2. Documentation

Gather the documentation requested in the admission process

3. Apply

Proceed with the formalization of the application, in person or online

Certification and accreditation

Acreditado pela A3ES em 18/02/2020.

Registo nº R/A-Cr 6/2014/AL02, em 27/07/2021 (DGES).

Despacho n.º 8106/2021, 2.ª série - n.º 158 - 16/08/2021, D.R.

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