Applicants must have a recognized Bachelor’s degree or a diploma of the fields of design (communications, graphic, interaction, media etc.) or computer science (computer science, media systems, applied computer science etc.). You should have particular interest in game development, which you’ll have to present in form of work samples and during an interview. Demonstrable experience (internships or similar) in a games company is advantageous.
Permitted formats of your work samples for the qualifying examination:
an operational game level, mods, character designs, models, rigs, game design documents (GDD), executable code, animations, treatments. You will need to certify/proof that you are the main author of all material presented.
Links and forms
Course planner and Curriculum
Application for the participation in our qualifying examination
Please see page 3 for specifications of the expected work samples.
Apply only after you have successfully passed the qualifying examination.
We will notify you about that.
Additional information for international applicants
No tuition fees, cost of living
Studying at public universities like the HAW Hamburg is subsidised by the government in Germany. Hence, we do not charge tuition fees for national and international students. (We know, this might sound like some sort of dream or even scam to most international students. It isn’t.)
All you gotta pay for is a “semester contribution” fee of around EUR 320 per semester (including the ticket for public transport) and your cost of living. More info about the cost of studying and living in Hamburg.
There are also scholarships.
Language proficiency: German is required
The HAW Hamburg requires quite comprehensive German reading and writing capabilities as a prerequisite to your application. You’ll need skills comparable to the “B1 language certificate”. Detailed info about the language requirements can be found here.
While large portions of our literature is in English, most of the our courses are still taught in German. We can and will switch to English as soon as there are more than only a few international students attending. You can write any assignment in English.
As an international applicant you’ll need to verify – well in advance of your application! – that your university and your degree will be recognized in Germany. To do so, go to Uni Assist, which is available in many languages. There’s a fee to be paid.
For a free “preflight”, here is a database of recognized schools and universities. German only, though.
Please read this first: Visas & Residence Permits
We advise to get in contact with us or the International Office well in advance of your planned application. Ideally a year or even more in advance.