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Game Development Studies

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences has offered game development studies under the Finnish-taught Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Technology (210 credits) for years. The second year of game development studies is taught completely in English, giving exchange students an opportunity to complete a variety of game development related studies on different fields of game development (up to 100 credits). 


Will you be the next game innovator?

There are 40 study places in the Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Technology. After the first half a year of studies approximately half of the students will specialize in game development. Later the game development students will specialize further in one of the following areas of game development: game designing and production, game programming or game graphics.

The main objective of the game development studies is to provide students with the necessary skills to work in game development professions after graduation. Game students of Kajaani University of Applied Sciences will be equipped with the skills necessary to become an expert player in a game development team or game or software development, training, designing and production professions. Studies will also prepare students for game industry entrepreneurship and help them get started with their own game companies. 


The Content

Within the game development studies students will study modules focusing on game programming, game design, game production and business, 2D graphics and 3D modeling. Students will gain knowledge of game and software development, project work, business activities and communications. Visiting lecturers from other game schools and game companies will complement the courses every once in a while. Students will be encouraged to take part in game competitions and game industry events as part of their studies.

Students will be working on practical game development projects in teams throughout their studies. In addition to these game projects, the degree programme includes a 30 credit practical training period which can be done in a game company in Finland or abroad.

The game development students have Kajak Games co-operative, which will help students publish their games during their studies. In addition, full game projects and game demos that the students have made during their studies will give them material for their personal portfolios which will give them a competitive edge when looking for a job in the game industry after graduation.

The Structure of the game development studies
The main aim of the studies is to help students perceive the game production process as a whole, while acquiring game production skills and the knowledge of how to apply them. Students will gain the skills, plan and create computer, network, mobile and console games. Another important aim of the studies is to develop teamwork skills.


Employment Opportunities

The game industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and the Finnish game industry is set to become an important player, already known around the world for its high quality games. Games are one of Finland's most profitable cultural exports and the Finnish game industry is growing at a rapid pace, set to employ a growing number of people in the coming years.

Alongside entertainment games, so called serious games are also coming onto the market. They are being developed for educational organizations, public administration and the health care and military sectors.

Highly qualified game development experts are in high demand across the board in the game, software and multimedia industries. The employment rate for such experts is very high.

As a Business Information Technology graduate (tradenomi) with a game production major, you will be able to work not only in game application development but also in different IT expert positions in the corporate world, public sector or different organizations.


Want to Know More?

Visit http://www.kajakgamedev.fi/ for further information on the degree, including students' interviews and examples of game projects.


More information in Finnish.

For more information on this degree please contact:
Module Content
Mr Veli-Pekka Piirainen, Senior Lecturer

Application Process (for the full degree)
Admissions Office / Hakijapalvelut
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