Digital Game Design (BUG Jr)
In our day, especially with the developments in the mobile platforms and Internet technologies, computer games have become rather prevalent in our country, as they are across the world, and have turned into a popular media consumed by wide masses without differentiation across gender or age. ‘The Digital Game Design Undergraduate Program’, which will become a forerunner in our country and Istanbul in particular, with an approach that joins various disciplines like art, technology and economy under the roof of design, aims to provide qualified human resource to the sector and develop creative, innovative projects and teams in order to achieve both local and global scale success.
During the first two years, students will take foundation classes in game design, game art and game development to acquire the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to become a ‘Generalist’. During the last two years, students will take more specialized courses, participate in field trips and carry out their graduation projects, taking their final steps to become a ‘Specialist’. Local and international internships practiced through the COOP system within the scope of our university, which brings students together with the business world during their student lives, and the BUG sectoral communications network, enhances students’ experiences and updates their knowledgebase.
Besides the Bahçeşehir University Game Lab BUG established as part of the Faculty of Communication and the Game Design Graduate Program Master BUG formed within the scope of the Social Sciences Institute, the European game scene activation center BUG Berlin, the game production studio BUG Pro, and the new incubation center BUG Kitchen foundations directly contribute to the program. This program, which creates significant difference by working in integration with the virtual reality incubation center VR First BAU, also has collaborations with the leading and independent game companies like Crytek, Taleworlds, Peak Games, Cultic Games, Root Games, Sobee, Riot Games, Netmarble, Infosfer, Gram Games and Wooga which provide internship opportunities for the students and provide modular support for the courses. The program also has partnerships with game engine companies like Unity, CryEngine and Unreal.
While students can benefit from the continuously increasing international connections as well as the local and foreign wide sectoral communications network of the department, they also get the chance to meet with investors by applying to acceleration programs like Game Garage – a StartersHub initiative, again supported by us. This program which offers all the game production stages both in theory and practice to everyone who dreams of becoming a game designer, provides its students with the opportunity to accomplish their goals in a global sector.