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TAMK Games Academy – path to game design professional

TAMK Games Academy – path to game design professional

TAMK Games Academy offers one-year game studies at Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

At TAMK game design and production are studied in both the Degree Programme in Business Information Systems and Degree Programme in Media and Arts. TAMK Games Academy mixes students of these two degree programmes to produce and publish games by teamwork.

– The teams have diverse game competences and students learn right at the beginning of their studies how the game industry works, tells Senior Lecturer Toni Pippola, who is in charge of Game Production at TAMK.

Students of the Degree Programme in Business Information Systems and Degree Programme in Media and Arts can apply to TAMK Games Academy after their first study year. TAMK Games Academy studies include game design, programming, graphics, game production and game projects.

Everyone publishes two games

In addition to game competence, the most important objective of the TAMK Games Academy is that every student will publish two games.

– Publishing games is the only right way to learn how to make games and that is why we gently force students to publish their games, Pippola says.

TAMK Games Academy admits 20 business information systems students and 20 media and arts students annually. The studies are popular and there are always more applicants than can be admitted. After the TAMK Games Academy year students will continue in their own degree programmes but also continue making joint game projects.

Programmers and artists

TAMK Games Academy students are divided into two groups with both game programmers and game artists. The students can themselves select their group. Game design is studied in small teams in which all students have their own responsibilities and roles. 

TAMK Games Academy, which has worked for a year at TAMK, has achieved good results. The feedback from the students and customers has been positive, tells Senior Lecturer Pasi Pekkanen, who is in charge of the TAMK Games Academy.

The main language of instruction is English. TAMK Games Academy cooperates closely with companies and communities. So far the students have produced games for Moomin Museum, Yle's Pikku Kakkonen programme, Sanoma Pro, Savings Bank Museum, Ruukki, and Hockey Hall of Fame Finland, among others.

Watch how we study in TAMK Games Academy (video)

www.gamesacademy.fi

Photo and video: Saara Lehtonen

Published 16.10.2018