Sweden is a leading nation in the global game industry, and Skövde is the leading Swedish city in which to game development studies. Here you will find: four master’s programmes in games, eight bachelor’s programmes covering all disciplines of game development, extensive game research, a successful game incubator, and last but not least, a large number of game companies. All these activities are located in the middle of Skövde and united under the umbrella of Sweden Game Arena. As a master’s student in games user experience, you will be a become part of this ecosystem and benefit from a competitive advantage in a career within the international game industry.
The Games User Experience master’s programme is aimed at applicants with a bachelor’s degree in any of the many areas involved in game development. You will gain not only a theoretical and practical understanding of the experiences and emotions games elicit in their players, but, more importantly, how to examine and evaluate them. Students who graduate from the programme can move on to work with game design and game user experience studies in game companies, or apply to PhD programmes in most countries. However it is also possible to stay in Skövde and pursue a career in games.
THE FOCUS OF YOUR STUDIES
Developing games is about creating engaging experiences for players. The growing ubiquity of games in society and culture means that new and diverse user groups are playing games. This has led not only to new opportunities, but also many new challenges for game developers. One of these is to better understand how players interact with games and in what ways these interactions can be studied, understood and improved. Working with games user experience will involve working with interaction design, research methodology, human-computer interaction, and game development in order to fully be able to unpack peoples’ experiences of playing games.
To put it briefly: the Games User Experience programme provides you with knowledge about how to analyse and understand what happens when people play games. What feelings are invoked? How can we better understand players´ reactions? How can we make games more accessible and engaging for new audiences? In this rapidly growing field of expertise, researchers and developers are continuously trying to figure out how best to answer the big question: “why is this fun?”
UPON COMPLETION OF YOUR STUDIES
The specialisation in Games User Experience gives you the opportunity to develop excellence in this specific and rapidly growing field of game development. This provides a good foundation for an international career in the game industry, as many studios are increasingly starting to see the value in being able to evaluate their own development choices. Another possible career path is represented by companies outside of the traditional game industry that work with user experience design and evaluation. And since this is an academically oriented programme with a heavy emphasis on applied research methods, there are also of course many opportunities for pursuing a career in academia by proceeding on to PhD studies or other types of research positions.
A Bachelor degree of at least 180 higher education credits (equivalent
to 180 ECTS) within the fields of Informatics, Computer Science or Computer Game Studies or similar. A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS, TOEFL or the equivalent.
Some applicants are exempted from providing test scores, e.g. if
their degree is from a university that has English as the only
language of instruction. Please read more at
HOW TO APPLY
You are welcome to apply directly to our study programmes at
universityadmissions, the national Swedish application
service, where you can find all the necessary information regarding
programmes, applications and processes. Applications are
submitted directly on the web. At universityadmissions
you can also keep track of your application, see that all credentials
have been uploaded, etc.
Autumn admission round: 15 January.
Students who are citizens of a country within the EU/EEA or
Switzerland do not have to pay any application or tuition fees to
study in Sweden. Students from outside the EU/EEA area have to
pay application and tuition fees for studying in Sweden, according
to a decision taken by the Swedish Parliament. The students
who are liable to pay for their studies in Sweden have to pay an
application fee of 900 SEK (Swedish kronor) for the application
to be processed, according to the instructions available on the website universityadmissions.se.
The international programmes available at the moment cost
130 000 SEK per academic year (60 ECTS). The tuition fee will be
charged by the University of Skövde in advance of each semester
(65 000 SEK/semester).
The University of Skövde offers a number of scholarships to students
who are attending an international master’s programme at
the University and who are liable for tuition fees. Find out more
information at www.his.se/scholarships.
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UNIVERSITY OF SKÖVDE IN SOCIAL MEDIA
Sweden is a leading nation in games, and Skövde is the leading Swedish city in which to study games.
This Master’s programme provides a good foundation for an international career in the game industry
The Games User Experience programme provides you with knowledge about how to analyse and understand what happens when people play games
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