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Games Programming
Diploma and Bachelor

Do you enjoy programming, do you need visual feedback and can you finish every level? Do you want to know what this means: if (Instance != zero && Instance != this) Destroy(this);? Then the Games Programming Department is the right place for you!
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Games Programming Department

From programming languages to your own game engine, we can teach you the skills to change the world with your code. It is particularly important to us that our students familiarize themselves with the workflows of modern game development.
Obviously, virtual reality & mobile will also be a big part of the program and serve to prepare you for your future as a game programmer. In the Games Programming Department, the focus is on practical implementation, which will also help you to build your personal portfolio.

Job profiles in the gaming industry

The games industry is becoming increasingly diverse, and with new technologies come new fields of work. Our professional qualification opens the door to many professional fields – from mobile games to game consoles to virtual reality. Our students don’t just benefit from great career prospects as programmers in the gaming industry; graduates from the Games Programming Department may also embark on a career as gameplay, engine, graphics or AI programmers.
Games Programming student with keyboard and Vive controllers in programming situation
Programming Unity Programmer, Graphics Programmer, AI Programmer, GUI Programmer
IT Network Programmer, SQL Specialist, System Administrator, Software Architect
Development Database Developer, iOS- / Android Developer, Java Developer, PHP Developer

Games Programming
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Content from the Games Programming Curriculum

Game-Development Basics

Object-oriented programming, game physics, maths & logic, game-engine basics

Game Mechanics

game design, programming basics, C++, C#, level design

Advanced Game Development

performance, software architecture, data structure, process optimization

Game Dynamics

game physics, effects, AI, procedural worlds, simulations

Projekt & Workflow

VR, AR, app, editor, game engine


collaborative work processes in project work


financing, publication and marketing to target groups

Research & Development

research and analysis, project management and planning

Learning and studying
our four models

Academic courses and professional training start in March and September of each year. All our departments offer the same four options for learning and studying at SAE Institute:

Professional Qualification – Diploma

The SAE Diploma opens the door for a career in the creative industries in just 18 months. With a high practical component, you will acquire sound knowledge of the subject, and practical exercises will help you to develop technical skills at an early stage. The SAE Diploma offers professional technical training that equips students with strong, industry-relevant skills. Moreover, it facilitates flexible time management and a high degree of autonomy.

The newly launched Advanced Diploma is an ideal option for those who want to focus on the creation of a comprehensive and substantial portfolio. During the Advanced Diploma, you will complete an interdisciplinary or multi-semester project as part of a team, and you will learn about different aspects and issues associated with such projects. This will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of work processes and interconnecting fields while expanding the technical skills you acquired during the diploma.

Academic Degree – Bachelor

The Bachelor’s Degree is part of the “fast-track program” and takes 2 years to complete. This means you will be qualified faster, be able to enter the job market and start earning sooner. This option combines a compact full-time course with professional training. In addition to studying interdisciplinary content and research methods, practical exercises and projects will help you to gain technical and practical skills.

Thanks to its modular structure, the part-time Bachelor’s Degree allows students to be flexible and to study at their own pace. Professional and academic components are separated from each other and are taught in a complementary manner. As a rule, the Bachelor’s Degree in the part-time “extended model” is completed after 36 months; depending on your personal situation, the time can also be adjusted.

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