Global Bachelor in Games Development

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“ Upcoming Edition ”

09 SEP 2024

Call for applications

Duration 31 weeks, full-time

Language English

Format On campus

Place Lisbon

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I really appreciate how my course at IADE not only started with the basis of games development, programming and design, but they were also able to immerse us into what the industry is like.

Why this program?

Make the transition from gamer to games developer, exploring a range of genres for a range of platforms – roleplaying games, platformers, adventure, PC, FPS, mobile, and VR. Our bachelor’s degree starts at the base level and builds your expertise in programming and design.

We consult closely with industry professionals so you can expect a course that’s highly relevant and equips you with sought-after skills. We offer small classes and one-on-one mentoring opportunities you may not find in a larger university.

Graduates from the Global Bachelor’s degree in Games Development gain an enhanced work-ready expertise in games development, iterative design processes, team project planning and management, and games-specific technology. Assessment of your growth as a creative practitioner will rely on completing industry-based projects, building a portfolio to showcase to potential employers or clients.

The Global Degree includes a mandatory international semester at one of the leading schools in the area, such as Abertay University (Scotland), University of Worcester (UK), NTNU (Norway), University of Bradford (UK), and TH Köln (Germany).

With The Global Bachelor in Games Development I will develop and apply advanced techniques and strategies to use industry software like Unreal Engine, Unity3D, and Maya. / I will be developing for technologies such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Android, and iOS. / Each semester is based on a unique and real-world project and briefs, I will have opportunities to build a significant portfolio of six products (games / applications) to share with an employer or first client. / As my skills develop and my work on more dynamic projects, I will apply my capabilities to cross-discipline projects by collaborating with other students across all disciplines of the school. / I will experience what it’s like to work as part of a professional team, finding solutions to complex problems via group projects. / I will learn to speak how the professionals do with expert mentors who will guide me in industry-standard languages C++, C#, Processing, and JavaScript. / I will gain capabilities such as problem solving, critical self-reflection , entrepreneurship, and other industry related skills.

Learning by design

| Every academic program has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each academic program by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this degree will be able to:

  • Design and develop games, robotics, media science, websites, and apps with a focus on play, learning, experience, and interaction.
  • Create the solutions of the future in computer games, learning applications and technologies, simulations for training in Virtual and Augmented Reality and physical interactive technologies.
  • Initiate, plan and execute interactive media projects, both individually and collaboratively, using various creative, artistic, analytic, technical, organization and communication skills.
  • Select, devise and apply appropriate algorithmic abstractions to model behavior of interactive media artefacts and express such models in computer programming languages.

Who is it for?

Games are now popular entertainment and widely used in healthcare, training, and safety industries to induce behavioral change through gamification and serious games.

This program suited to people who are creative, analytical and logical and who are interested in computers and are passionate about game development. Creative and innovative minded people will be challenged in this program to express their ideas and develop ground-breaking new game technologies.


The preview of an uninvented future is being commanded by two areas that increasingly converge in their areas of action: creativity and the technological world.

And IADE is clearly betting on this marriage, which is increasingly successful.

Recognized internationally, as part of the 50 best design schools in Europe (Domus Ranking), IADE was a pioneer in the teaching of Design, and is currently a leading institution in this area, with an employability rate of around 96%. The school is a true laboratory of creativity and talent in the areas that integrate Design, Marketing and Advertising, Communication, Photography, Arts and Technologies.

The school’s teaching methodology is based relies on a creative process, in partnership with the business environment and in collaboration with its different departments.

Fábrica is the prime point of contact and sharing between students, teachers and partners, a common ground that links IADE to the market and society, and which has support units such as the Observatory, the Special Projects unit, the Study Lab, the Digital Lab, the 3D Lab, the Media Lab, the Print Lab and the Tech Lab.


| Simulation of business reality. In addition to the permanent contact with the work place, our students develop skills in simulated environments, at different levels of complexity and accuracy, aiming at a better match with the real world through different methodologies, such as simulation, challenge learning, problem-based learning, and gamification.

  • Math, Physics and Games I
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Visual Art for Games
  • Game Production
  • Computational Systems for games
  • 2D Project
  • Communication Skills


  • Game Design
  • Web Programming
  • Databases
  • Web Project
  • Ethics and Professional Deontology
  • Math and Physics for Games II
  • Mobile Programming
  • Game Frameworks
  • Data Structures
  • Multiplatform Project
  • Science, Sources and Methods


  • Math and Physics for Games III
  • Computer Graphics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Development Methodologies
  • 3D Project
  • Creativity and Critical Thinking
  • Emerging game technologies
  • Distributed Programming
  • Security for Games
  • Advanced Techniques in Game Programming
  • Multiplayer Project
  • Business Model for Games


  • Usability and user experience
  • Integration with Social Networks and Other Platforms
  • Game Engine Development
  • Final Project

Career outcomes


Digital Games Programmer / Game Designer / Game Economy Designer / Level Designer / Simulation Specialist / Game Tester / Data Analyst / User Experience Designer / Unity Developer / Automation Programmer/ Game artist / Sound engineer / Game producer

Our bespoke employability sessions help you identify and improve your skills. Our dedicated support team will help you to build an employability portfolio and to present yourself at your best for the next step of your career.

Statista shows an increasing demand for tech-related jobs, such as game development with an average yearly growth rate of 6.84% until 2027. These statistics illustrate that the game development sector has a promising future ahead of it, with a global game revenue forecast to reach 218.7 billion dollars by 2024.

With 95.8% employability rate the most influential companies recruit IADE graduates.

* Data published in 2021 by the Ministry of Higher Education.

TOP Employers

Gameloft / Jagex / Ninja Theory / Wargaming / Ubisoft / 4J Studios / Juego Studios / Tripledot Studios / FUNCOM

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This call for applications for Bachelor’s degree, under the International Student statute, is addressed to students who are not Portuguese nationals and are not nationals of an EU Member State.

If you have completed your secondary education and have a diploma of entry to university studies in your country, you can apply.

If you have the equivalent of high school and your grades will be published in July 2024, you can apply.

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications. The application process is restricted by vacancies and the suitability of the candidate’s profile for the bachelor program.

Applicants must show proof of proficiency in English (English is your first language or you have previously studied in English, or you have one of the following certificates: B2 in First or FCE; IELTS above 5.5; or TOEFL above 72).

  1. Application form duly completed; Application Form_Undergraduate Creative Technologies programs
  2. Copy of personal identification document or passport, which expressly sets out the applicant’s nationality;
  3. Personal photo;
  4. Transcript of the last two years;
  5. Copy of diplomas/education certificates/training, namely the qualification giving access to higher education in the country of origin or equivalent qualification;
  6. Curriculum Vitae
  7. Covering letter: on one page, you should mention the main reasons for your interest in the degree you are applying for, with your strengths, interests and expectations;
  8. Proof of proficiency in English.

Note: In the event of admission, the applicant must submit/deliver the originals of the documents referred or certified copies thereof, by the control entity where the document was issued, until the registration period. The documents referred to in point 5) of the preceding paragraphs must be translated into Portuguese or English, if they are not issued in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish; and endorsed by the consular service or presented with an apostille (Hague convention) issued by the State Authority from which the document is original.

Applications for the Global Bachelor in Games Development must be submitted to the following email address [email protected]. Submitting the application form entails a non-refundable cost. The examination of the application begins upon receipt of payment of the application fee of 600 TND.

1st round Call for application from January 08th to February 05th, 2024

Competitiveness increases as applications are being evaluated and conditional offers are given. Therefore, we strongly advise you to submit your application, as soon as possible.

Once you submit your application, it undergoes an initial review by INODEV and then, in a second stage, is forwarded to the program director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile.

  • Interview with INODEV academic coordinator (Face-to-face): From January 10th, 2024;

INODEV will notify you of the outcome of your application. In some cases, you may be asked to submit additional information. Applicants will obtain a formal response after the end of the respective round. If you are accepted, INODEV will issue your conditional offer or acceptance letter. Then, we will contact you with information on pre-program preparation.

Please note that INODEV will help you prepare your visa application and find accommodation according to your preferences.

  • Successful candidates must complete their registration and enrollment within the specific deadlines and conditions set out in the calendar applicable to this call for applications;
  • If a candidate does not register within the deadline, the following candidates on the admission list will be called in their place.

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