Exchange programme in the BA Audiovisual Arts
30 - 60 ECTS / 1 semester - 1 year
Campus Genk / C-mine

Game Design in Genk

Academic Bachelor / Exchange Programme

Why should I head to Belgium to study games?
First of all: we are one of the only full master programmes in Europe that is open for a semester exchange.
Second: our aim is to coach our students in personal one-on-one sessions and team projects, and start creating a stunning portfolio. Working and learning together will make you love games even more!

During the Exchange Semester you join our Belgian students in their 3rd bachelor year. Together you will create full functional games in a wide range of application: from personal indies, to casual, education or conscious games. Always with a focus on the pure joy of gaming, and a drive to become better game designers.

Travel to LUCA campus C-mine, and find yourself challenged in the following domains:

  1. CONCEPT - play with the rules of game design and mechanisms to create a fun experience
  2. VISUALS - use 2D (Drawing + Concept Art) and 3D (Blender) tools to animate your creations
  3. TECH - convert your ideas into code (C# or other) and integrate these into a game engine (Unity)
Curriculum

We stimulate and educate students to create innovative games in different formats;  from classic interactive board games up to VR games and beyond. We provide an enthusiast team of lecturers whom work in the game industry or apply their competence and insights from their research projects. Our mission is to personally guide students in one-on-one sessions and team projects. The final objective is to educate game designers that can create full functional games for Indie, entertainment, customers, education or other purposes. Within our 4-year master degree we offer exchange opportunities on the 3rd bachelor level.

  • Visualization: in 2D (Drawing + Concept Art) and 3D (Blender) to animate your creations
  • Technology: convert your ideas into code (C# or other) and integrate these into a (Unity) game engine
  • Concept: play with the rules of game design and mechanisms to create a fun experience

We welcome Erasmus exchange students starting from the 3rd bachelor level.

The Autumn Semester is the most interesting period for exchange. This depending on your skill set and previous knowledge (this will be evaluated by our lecturers based on your portfolio and documents). The following courses are offered:

  • Game Based Learning (3 ects)
  • Emergent Game Interfaces (3 ects)
  • Advanced Animation (6 ects)
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset & Skills (6 ects)
  • Toolkit Workshop Autumn (3ects)
  • Personal Project (6 ects)

Our Spring Semester is only open for a limited amount of credits and only for Game student profiles with a strong focus on technical coding. This Semester requires a strong Game development background (read TECH) to join the courses. Please mind we can't offer a full 30 ects program in this Semester:

  • Advanced Production (3 ects)
  • Game Analysis (3 ects)
  • Level Design (6 ects)
  • Speculative Design (3 ects)
  • Team Project (3 ects)
  • Toolkit Workshop (3 ects)
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What do you need?

A good command of English (level B2) is required to make the most of your stay with us.

Our campus does not own student accommodation. Therefore, you will have to rent a room on the private housing market for the duration of your stay. To help you in your search, please contact our student support services (https://www.luca-arts.be/en/contact-student-support-services).

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Application & entry requirements

All Erasmus+ Exchange Students need to apply via the exchange application procedure of LUCA School of Arts. During your application process, you can indicate the LUCA campus of your choice and the exchange programme you wish to apply for. Notice that not all programmes are open for incoming exchange students in both semesters. An overview can be found here.

  • The deadline for the Autumn Semester / full year is April 1
  • The deadline for the Spring Semester is October 1

Outcome Exchange Application

The outcome of the application can be expected within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline. Both you and your international coordinator will be informed about the result of your application by e-mail. No need to inquire about the outcome yourself.

Where do you have class?

Facilities & campus life

Campus C-Mine Genk

  • Een kleinschalige campus met een dynamische vibe tussen de verschillende opleidingen en de creatieve industrie uit de omgeving
  • Werkplaatsen met up-to-date technologie zoals Wacom-cintiq, Renderfarm, Stopmotion studio, Cintiq tekentablets en VR Brillen ... 
  • Tv- en filmsets, montageruimtes, audiostudio’s en inspirerende research, schrijf- en productielokalen
  • Een gespecialiseerde bibliotheek en goed uitgeruste uitleendienst met state of the art opname en post-productie apparatuur 
  • Creatieve hub voor jonge ondernemers 
  • Een modern gebouw op een historische site

Contact

Campus Genk / C-mine

For general information on International exchange at campus C-mine, please contact:
Jan Louis De Bruyn via email.

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