Game Design

The M.A. Program in Game Design at iulm university is the best choice for aspiring designers who believe in a game culture that values diversity, creativity, and innovation.

Teaching Director: Prof. Gianni Canova
Co-ordinator of didactics
: Matteo Bittanti

One - Year master degree in Game Design
edition 2017/2018 academic year

Within the context of game design, IULM now offers a groundbreaking one-year, full-time, English-only, studio-based Master of Arts (M.A) program located in the center of Milan, Italy. Designed for students interested in creating fresh, inventive, and experimental video games & interactive experiences, the Game Design M.A. Program will lead graduates to advanced work in game design and new media production.

Directed by Matteo Bittanti, the Program features some of the most innovative and renowned designers, scholars, and authors working today and who are highly committed to their research, practice, and teaching. The Game Design M.A Program provides all the tools and skills needed for the development, distribution, and exhibition of cutting edge video games and interactive experiences. The program’s instructional model is focused on hands-on sessions with accomplished faculty, guest artists, game developers from all over the world, and group critiques with instructors and peers. Students will also take courses in game studies and Game Art that address eclectic critical and aesthetic practices. A truly interdisciplinary program, the Game Design M.A. Program supports collaboration and meaningful exchange between the school's different departments. Completion of the program will earn graduates a Master's Degree from IULM University corresponding to 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).


Over the course of the year (November 2017 - July 2018), students will work individually or in teams to brainstorm, research, design, and develop a digital game which will become their final project to be submitted at international competitions such as the Independent Games Festival, Indiecade, Fantastic Arcade (United States), A MAZE. (Germany), Game On! (Argentina), Gamerz (France), and many more.

In addition to their participation in departmental and campus wide events, students will take full advantage of Milan's vibrant cultural and artistic scenes: during the academic year, the students will visit several Museums, Foundations, and Galleries, attend workshops, conferences, and talks related to design. Students are also encouraged to participate in local game-related events such as jams, exhibitions, competitions, festivals, and workshops.

Let the games begin!

A unique M.A. program

The Game Design M.A. Program at IULM University explores digital games as a cultural and artistic expression, one that lies at the intersection of art, technology, and design. It offers a distinctive approach to game design at a graduate level. The Program is open to applicants from all over the world because gaming is a universal language.

Stellar faculty

The Game Design M.A. Program at IULM University provides a context for playful experimentation under the guidance of professional game developers, recognized artists, and influential scholars from all over the world.

Making games that matter

Over the course of the year, students will work individually or in teams to brainstorm, research, design, and develop a digital game which will become their final project to be submitted at international competitions and festivals.

Learning from the very best

Experience full-day workshops with some of the most recognized and talented game designers in the world. Check out the speaker lineup for 2017-2018.

Professional outcomes

Graduates will be able to join the video game industry and develop games. Whether they will decide to become independent developers, join an independent studio, launch their own company, or become multimedia artists, critics or curators, they will master all the essential production and direction skills.