MA Game Design

Our interdisciplinary 18-month MA Game Design course—a dynamic and immersive programme tailored to elevate your expertise in the rapidly evolving world of interactive entertainment. Through advanced study, we aim to sharpen your research skills, cultivate a robust visual communication language, and empower you to specialise within the exciting field of game design.

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Our MA Game Design equips students for the dynamic digital games industry where rapid growth demands skilled practitioners to drive innovation. Taught by game studies academics and industry experts, this course delves into game development within an industrial context. You’ll build your portfolio as a solo developer or collaborator, culminating in a final major project to create a digital game product.

Berlin School of Business and Innovation is in partnership with University for the Creative Arts (UCA). As a result of this partnership, BSBI is able to offer the MA Game Design programme. UCA is an acclaimed creative institution in the UK that ranks highly in all three of the major UK league tables. The university has also been ranked 13th out of all UK universities in the Guardian League Table 2020; and ranked no.7 in the 2021 Guardian League Tables for Business, Management & Marketing.


What will the student experience?

This programme combines creative practice, academic research, and EDI principles, positioning you at the forefront of the global games industry. It emphasises technical skills, project management, and research, allowing you to experiment with the latest game technology, hone project management methodologies, and explore game design trends.​

Your journey focuses on realising creative ideas and building a dynamic body of work. Whether as a solo developer or in a team, you’ll develop a strong online profile and stay engaged with cutting-edge academic research in your specialisation, preparing you for success in the ever-evolving world of game design.

Who should take this programme?

The MA Game Design at the Berlin Business School of Innovation, Hamburg Campus is designed for a diverse range of individuals with a keen interest in game design, whether they are newcomers to the field or experienced professionals looking to advance their careers.

Why study this programme?

You will collaboratively build your portfolio within sizable teams, culminating in a final major project aimed at creating and launching a fully realised digital game product. This immersive experience goes beyond game production, providing you with a scholarly comprehension of the broader creative industries. You’ll also hone essential skills such as interdisciplinary communication, project management, and collaboration, as well as marketing and public relations. This holistic approach empowers you to not only gain practical expertise but also to cultivate a robust professional profile and establish a notable presence in your chosen field.

Programme Price


Location: Hamburg

2024 October: International students Price: €13,250 | EU students Price: €8,450

Special offers effective until 31 July 2024: Up to 35% discount for International Students | 10% discount for EU Students

Terms and conditions apply. Find out more here.

The School’s admissions process is subject to the Consumer Contracts (Terms and Conditions). Information on your Right of Withdrawal and our Refund Policy can be found in the BSBI study agreement.

Programme Structure

This 18-month (Level 7) Game Design MA consists of three terms of study and six months dedicated to your dissertation.

The first two terms include a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice in order to inform the detailed development of your project proposal later in the course.

In the third term you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

In the final stage, you’ll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work where you can either take a generic approach or select one of the following three specialisations in relation to our BA courses: Graphic Design, Illustration or Animation.

The modules of this programme are offered and delivered 100% on campus. Students will also have additional access to course and reading materials via the University for the Creative Arts platform.

Expressive Game Design: Games Research and Professional Contexts 1

Prototyping Lab: Genre and Affect Games Research and Professional Contexts 2

Games Design Project

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the ability to create groundbreaking game concepts, design prototypes, and test ideas that push the boundaries of creativity, intersecting with genre and emotional impact.
  • Gain practical and conceptual mastery across a diverse spectrum of game design and development concepts, principles, and techniques.
  • Deconstruct games to analyse dynamics, mechanics, and aesthetics, proposing innovative solutions to elevate the overall gaming experience.
  • Apply a range of methodologies to analyse the form and content of video games, enhancing your understanding and application of key concepts.
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate game art and design practices using appropriate research methods, ensuring continuous growth and improvement.
  • Acquire the skills to evaluate games in the professional context of game development, applying industry-standard practices.
  • Understand and apply key concepts, theories, and debates shaping the dynamic landscape of game design.
  • Develop the skills and attitudes necessary to make a meaningful impact in the creative industries and creative economy.
  • Explore different ways to engage with the creative world, discovering practical approaches to create a lasting impact within your chosen creative industry.
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Career Progression

Successful Graduates: Navigating Lucrative Careers in the Gaming Industry.

Our alumni have successfully transitioned into readily accessible avenues, leading them to rewarding and thriving positions within the dynamic field of game development:

  • Concept designer
  • Game designer
  • Games developer
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Software engineer
  • VFX artist

BSBI’s dedicated Careers Service helps visual communication students and alumni reach their career goals and realise their potential. The Service offers specialised support and aims to build long-lasting relationships with local and national employers. To find out more about the support available, visit the Careers Service website.


The Virtual Student Lounge

BSBI offers you the opportunity to attend our Virtual Student Lounge to help you gain an insight into life at the school. Through a video call consultation, you’ll be able to get a virtual campus tour, learn more about our programmes, bursaries and scholarships, and get answers to any questions you might have regarding the admission procedure.

You’ll also be able to discover more about living and studying in Europe’s start-up capital, Berlin and find out more about the services on offer at BSBI.

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