The Department of Digital Game Design was established in 2023 as part of the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Istanbul Gedik University, offering a four-year undergraduate program. The department admits students through the Numerical Score type. The student capacity of the department is 30 individuals, with 5 candidates being accepted with a 100% scholarship and 25 students with a 50% scholarship. The main goal of the Digital Game Design Department is to educate competent designers who will participate in the rapidly developing gaming industry, alongside new technology products, and create and present games to users and game enthusiasts with creativity.
The Digital Game Design Department combines various disciplines such as game design, programming, visual design, storytelling, and psychology. Hence, it is an ideal choice for students with diverse skills.
The department aims to meet the demand for skilled designers in the computer game industry and digital entertainment environment, which is experiencing significant growth worldwide. To achieve this, there is a need for innovative, creative, and qualified game designers who can contribute to the global game design world and create value in the competitive environment of the industry.
In addition, graduates of the department can take on responsibilities in digital design and visual communication, graphic design, and art direction within corporate companies and non-governmental organizations.
One of the other objectives while educating our students is to develop their personal design abilities, critical and analytical thinking skills, and visual language. We also encourage our students to actively participate in student exchange programs around the world and pursue their desired education and projects. The department also aims to foster a sense of social responsibility, awareness, and empathy in our students, who will work in various fields such as digital design, game design, animation and character design, game programming, experience design, gamification, game production, game writing, simulation and modeling, user interface design, storytelling, and narrative architecture.
Our department applies a constructive, creative, and contemporary educational approach with experienced academicians and a training staff of professional designers and artists who have proven themselves in the industry.
During their undergraduate education, our students will receive training on how interactive experiences are designed. They will study game design mechanics, meaningful gameplay, game content, game playing, technical features of game design software, game engines, and how to design visually rich game environments.
Furthermore, our students will have the opportunity to select project topics by examining new communication technologies, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the digital gaming environment, and interdisciplinary designs, while considering practical application areas in their industry.
Additionally, the department offers opportunities for international student exchange programs such as Erasmus. By combining design with creativity in education, using the possibilities of new technology, our training will continue with visual-auditory systems accompanied by HD resolution in our laboratories.
Graduates of the department will have the opportunity to work in national and international game companies, as well as in various fields such as animation and character design, game programming, experience design, gamification, game production, game writing, simulation and modeling, user interface design, storytelling, and narrative architecture. They will also have the chance to work in media, advertising, film production, sound production, animation and modeling, digital media, digital arts, digital entertainment, and computer game industry sectors, including graphic design and game design.