Creative Media and Game Technologies

Watch movie

"What I like the most about my study is the creative freedom and the people you work with. Students come from all over the world and work here to fulfill their dreams.'' Jennifer van den Brand, from the Netherlands 🇳🇱

"Creative Media and Game Technologies (CMGT) is the place to experiment and discover what your passions are.'' Amanda Conte Leite, from Brazil 🇧🇷

"CMGT brings out the best of the students whilst also allowing you to excel in other curriculums. There is a lot of international exposure which provides better verbal skill sets after and during the course.
All this and more will make myself a better developer but crucially a more international individual." Willem Kranendonk, from the Netherlands 🇳🇱

Ambassadors

Location of this programme

Enschede

Ask a question

Discover

Ambassadors post tweets, blogs and answer questions on IntoSaxion.

  • Migrating from #IBM notes to #Office360 at #Saxion feels like... https://t.co/Z97cG3uLwf

  • RT @SaxionUAS: #Saxion signs #Sustainable Development Goals agreement: https://t.co/zPMcprjesP https://t.co/ByxIwd3DO5

  • Back to work after a 4-week holiday = 384 emails 😅 #digitalmedia #saxion https://t.co/lYbySqB06W

  • The best part of my job is undoubtedly helping others ❤️ I feel fulfilled to be able to share a little bit of what I know with our international students. There's no better word than 'rewarding' to describe the feeling of seeing their development and achievements 😊 #saxion https://t.co/qZiOhji6sX

  • RT @SaxionUAS: #ThrowbackThursday Official Welcome + Scholarship Award Ceremony🌟 Watch the full video 👉 https://t.co/gBGXcGbACi #Saxion #…

  • RT @SaxionUAS: Join our Open Days and find out how #Saxion prepares you for a world that's getting smarter 👇 https://t.co/5IJBcnnquF #stud…

  • What is studying in the Netherlands like?

    Euroleague, Final Four in Barcelona in 2011. I was in a restaurant with my dad and randomly, two Greeks were sitting next to us. We started talking to them and they told us that they had studied in the Netherlands ...

    Read blog ›

  • My Studying in Holland Experience – One year after graduation

    I graduated from Saxion University of Applied Sciences with the bachelor degree in Art and Technology a year ago. Time flies, now it seems like quite some time has passed since I was defending my thesis, which turned to be ...

    Read blog ›

  • New #blogpost online, you can read it here: https://fatgirlpower.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/all-about-the-connection/ #intosaxion #schoollife #blogging #nfc #nfcchip

    Instagram foto: New #blogpost online, you can read it here: https://fatgirlpower.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/all-about-the-connection/ #intosaxion #schoollife #blogging #nfc #nfcchip
  • The blogging life #blogging #programming #intosaxion #schoollife

    Instagram foto: The blogging life #blogging #programming #intosaxion #schoollife
  • We had a really awesome and productive day today! Filming for project Creative Content. We made all these miniatures and we filmed our hard work with the RED camera. Wonderfull how some LED strips and some Xmas lights can transform this into a proper city! Our wonderfull teacher Remco helped us to capture everything the best way! #CMGT #Saxion #IntoSaxion #dreamjob #KnT #vfx #filming #RED #enschede

    Instagram foto: We had a really awesome and productive day today! Filming for project Creative Content. We made all these miniatures and we filmed our hard work with the RED camera. Wonderfull how some LED strips and some Xmas lights can transform this into a proper city! Our wonderfull teacher Remco helped us to capture everything the best way!  #CMGT #Saxion #IntoSaxion #dreamjob #KnT #vfx #filming #RED #enschede
  • #sketching for a school project 😊 makes me #happy #intosaxion

    Instagram foto: #sketching for a school project 😊 makes me #happy #intosaxion
  • #drawing for the project #intosaxion

    Instagram foto: #drawing for the project #intosaxion
Show more

Video FAQ's

Videos of students aswering frequently asked questions.

  • 5 Survival Hacks for International Students in the Netherlands

  • Project Philomathia by Rania Zouganeli

  • The Exhibition 2018

Questions by visitors

Do you have a burning question? Ask an ambassador!

  • ruikang asks 14 dec 2018
    I have huge passion for Gaming,and i have Java experience. But in terms of drawing, i really don't have clue about this,will it become an barrier?
    Gabriella says 14 dec 2018

    Not at all!
    You'll have drawing classes, but you're not expected to become a professional in this: I graduated and I still can't draw 😝
    What is more important is learning concepts such as shadow/lights, etc...
    If you're already have experience in programming and likes games, this is the study programme for you!

    2 answers left Fold

  • Irina asks 13 oct 2018
    did you find it hard to get accepted into this program? what sort of skills do you think are important to learn before i apply?
    Annika says 13 oct 2018

    Hello Irina,

    I thought it wasn't that hard to get accepted into the program. The most important part of getting accepted is showing them that you are creative/are able to think creatively. They are also going to check if you have a knack for technical things like programming/software.
    I think it's good if you have a basic understanding of the Adobe programs because you are going to use them a lot. It's also great if you know a little HTML programming to start with (the more the better though) because in this course you're going to learn programming languages and if you have a basic understanding you will learn them faster :)

    Don't fret if you don't have the software or programming knowledge though!
    In the first year, they are going to start with the basics, in a high pace, I must admit.

    If you have any other questions, don't be afraid to ask! :D

    Kind regards,
    Annika

    1 answer left Fold

  • Radina asks 03 jun 2018
    Hello. I have been accepted at Saxion University of Applied Sciences and have enrolled for CMGT. My biggest concern is the programming- is it recommended I have previous knowledge/experience with it and if so to what extent?
    Sanne says 03 jul 2018

    Hey Radina,

    If you learn the basics of HTML, css and Java you will be fine! They start every class from square one, but if you want to prepare yourself I can recommend those.

    Love Sanne

  • Drilon asks 02 jul 2018
    What basic knowledge for this subject should I already have to ease my studies at the beginning.
    Willem says 02 jul 2018

    Hi!

    Not much! However I would say it depends on what you wanna go into. So look at Art, Building Levels for other games, modding, scriptimg etc.

    This along with enthusiasm for making games will illustrate and guide your skills at the uni!

    If you have more, feel free to ask!

    Best wishes,

    Willem

    1 answer left Fold

  • Drilon Bajrami asks 12 jun 2018
    What kind of knowledge do you need to have when starting the first year so that you will not feel lost about everything and have an easy start in the beginning and be prepared of what you should expect for the oncoming stuff during studies?
    Amanda says 19 jun 2018

    Hi!
    The modules itself are made for student with no previous knowledge on that area. You don’t have to know most of the content in advance, but it does give you an advantage.
    As an example, if you already know some about photoshop, illustrator and other Adobe Creative Cloud programs, it will certainly help during the modules.
    It really depends on your skills. I personally am not a technical person, so before I started the course I took an online course about php programming. The modules do not work with php but other programming languages, but with the basic knowledge I had about programming was an advantage for me and I learned it more easily.
    I would suggest you to think about what is easier and harder for you and depending on your weaknesses work on them a bit so you won’t have such a hard time with similar modules during the course. 🙂

  • Filippo asks 17 jan 2018
    Is it easy for people who do not speak dutch to get along outside of the university? (i am German)How did you feel when starting to live there?Can you start this programm without having a lot of knowledge about computers and programming?
    Willem says 17 jan 2018

    Hey!

    If you mean by getting along with people outside of University then yes of course! I lived across the world and I found the first two years quite enjoyable but slightly predictable. I think it's an easy well spoken country with good morals.

    And yes! One of my best friends didn't even know a line of code and is now one of the best developers in our course!

    2 answers left Fold

  • Benjamin asks 01 oct 2017
    Thank you for the answer! This was very helpful. I have another question if you don't mind: What should my portfolio look like?
    Willem says 17 jan 2018

    To get into the university?

  • Stefan asks 12 nov 2017
    What can I learn here? How to use a game engine (like Unity, Unreal) or how to develop my own game engine (using DirectX, Open GL)?
    Rodrigo Alejandro says 12 nov 2017

    Both, you learn how to make 2d games in c# in a custom engine made by the teachers, they will teach you the physics for 2d games which then you will need to use to expand the engine and add the 2d physics, besides that you will also learn how to use external programs to prototype levels and then modify the engine to read those files and recreate automatically the levels in there (level editors), then you will also have other classes like audio where you see the technical part of audio and you'll build a program to add audio effects or create your own effects which later othen you can implement in the 2d engine.
    Besides that in first year you also learn GameAI, how to make games online, how to procedurally generate pictures or 3d assets, how to use Unity and the architecture of game engines.
    In second year you'll learn c++ and the math that's used in game engines (matrices and so), how to use opengl and c++ to make your own 3d game engine, how to add lua in the engine so non technical people can use lua to create events or tasks in the game and your engine can process them and finally you learn some engine algorithms like quad/octrees to process all the objects in the game in the best possible way.
    Between every block there's always a project which will test your knowledge of the previous block and you will use everything you learn so far in there, so you'll end up with multiple games of different focus like, 2d games focus on physics, unity games, procedurally design games, arcade games, 3d game in your own build engine and so.
    That's for the first 2 years, later on you can specialise in your minor into something else you like, follow an internship and make 2 other specializations besides the minor just before the thesis semester.
    At the end you will have plenty of knowledge of how to use game engines like unity or unreal while at the same time you'll feel confident about making your own since you'll have all the necessary skills to build it

  • Alex asks 19 oct 2017
    I like Art and Graphic Design so I'm thinking about goinf to this major.But this major also includes programming and maybe some technical subjects, they could be a big problem for me.What does it takes to study this major? Do i also need to be good of programming and technology on the IT side?
    Gabriella says 19 oct 2017

    Hi Alex!
    You'll have some programming lessons, but nothing 'hardcore'.

    I've been delivering web-based projects for 7 years now and I can assure you it's a huge plus for a (web) designer to understand at least the basics of programming. This will allow you to come up with creative solutions that can be implemented 'in real' life. I've worked with talented designers that cannot understand the specifics of web (content) and the mix of subjects in Art&Technology will prepare you for that.

    Moreover you have the flexibility to choose your study route and specialisation.
    There are some subjects that include programming but again, from someone coming from an IT background: It's simple programming, unless you're specialising in that field.

    1 answer left Fold

  • Alex asks 19 oct 2017
    I like Art and Graphic Design so I'm thinking about goinf to this major.But this major also includes programming and maybe some technical subjects, they could be a big problem for me.What does it takes to study this major? Do i also need to be good of programming and technology on the IT side?
    Anneke says 19 oct 2017

    Hey Alex,
    We indeed have programming and other technical subjects, and you don't need to be really good at it, the basics will just be fine.
    On the other hand, I had classmates that were really into graphic design, and they were really disappointed when they came at Art and Technology (some of them quieted after the first year).
    So I really want to warn you, we do have art classes, but the study itself focuses more on the technical application of art.
    The art part is more about concept design and stuff like that.
    So if you are really into art and graphic design, I'm not sure if this study is for you because of the technical focus.
    Yours sincerely,
    Anneke

    1 answer left Fold

  • Elitsa asks 17 oct 2017
    HI! :) I have 179 points in CAE. So I take CFE (I need 1 point to take CAE). Is it necessary to retake it?
    Amanda says 17 oct 2017

    Hi Elitsa!
    If your questions are about the general entry requirements (English language tests etc.) I would suggest to contact the International Office directly: internationaloffice@saxion.nl.
    They can give you a more concrete answer regarding the minimum requirements.
    Good luck and have a nice day! :)

    1 answer left Fold

  • Elitsa asks 17 oct 2017
    What do you like most about the programme?
    Sanne says 17 oct 2017

    The diversity in the given subjects. You really get to know a lot and you can diver want you do and do not like.

    3 answers left Fold

  • Elitsa asks 17 oct 2017
    How many things the portfolio should consist?
    Sanne says 17 oct 2017

    In my opinion they take a look at your portfolio to get an overview of your capacities, just include and present the portfolio as something that fits your style. It doesn't really matter the size. I didn't submit a portfolio.

    2 answers left Fold

  • Denise asks 10 oct 2017
    Hi, guys! I'd like to know a little bit more about the Short Degree Program - Art and Technology. I know that we need to choose one profile (among seven), but what about the classes?Are classes practical or are they more theoretical?
    Gabriella says 10 oct 2017

    Hi Denise!
    I did the short-degree as well.
    Most of the classes are practical - I'd say maybe a mix of 30% theory / 70% practice.
    You'll choose your study route once you're at Saxion, I believe. Some classes are common to all profiles, since many areas overlap. But in the end of your studies, you'll be a 'specialist' in the field you've chosen. For example:

    I graduated in 2014, so things might have changed a little bit. But I followed the 'web route', with focus in social media analytics.

    1 answer left Fold

  • Benjamin asks 24 sep 2017
    Hey, I am interested in studying Game Design at Saxion but I have a question about the application.I am a really creative guy and I love to think about game ideas, concepts, mechanics and so on but my drawing skills aren't the best. Should I try to applicate for Game Design and Production anyway?
    Willem says 27 sep 2017

    Hi Ben! Thanks for reaching out to us and sorry that it has taken me a while to reply back!

    Let me just say this that whilst understanding basic drawing/art skills is important this course is NOT for artists per say. Game Design and Production focuses on creating video games where students learn all areas of the creative side of game development (such as drawing, 3D Modeling, Level Design, Game Economy and much more).

    As the teachers will vouch, the first two quarters helps you improve your art skills (or if you don't know how to draw you will be taught it!) but will soon open up to other areas of game development. I can tell you this first hand as I am a decent artist but not good enough to work at Blizzard nor was it my primary interest after a while. In the final semester other courses open up and since then I have yet to go back on it!

    I hope this answers your question!

  • Lisa asks 07 aug 2017
    Is showing your Abitur report card enough to prove that you soeak english very well or is a language test mandatory? English was one of my advanced classes (Leisungskurse) and i speak it every day, i just wanted to make sure what kind of documents i have to provide :3
    Dorian says 07 aug 2017

    Hallo Lisa, leider kann ich dir keine allgemein gültige Aussage zu deiner Frage liefern. Streng genommen ist der Sprachnachweis in Form eines Sprachtestes (z. B. TOEFL) vorzuweisen, meistens genügt der Nachweis auf dem Abitur allerdings. Ich rate dir, einfach der Anmeldeprozedur via studielink zu folgen und abzuwarten, ob ein weiterer Sprachnachweis verlangt wird. Bei mir war es nicht der Fall :)

  • Andrei asks 12 jul 2017
    HeyCan i find a place where students their work? Like an portofolio, do teachers have work posted online?Thanks
    Willem says 18 jul 2017

    Hi Andrei,

    I am not sure what you exactly mean by that but I suspect you want to know a place where students show their work as well as teachers. The bad news is that there aren't that many places to check this out except on Facebook @SaxionGaming.

    As for student work, they tend to have portfolios posted online. I have one which you can see to give you an idea of what to expect https://willemkranendonk.carbonmade.com.

    As for others, probably you will need to ask Students. There is a Facebook group buts it is only for upcoming Students and actually students (past and present).

  • Vasil asks 15 jul 2017
    Hey guys, This September I'll be a first year arts and technology student in Saxion. The thing is that I can nowhere find any laptop recommendations and I have no idea on what to get, so I was wondering if you could suggest me someting or at least point me in some direction.Thank You : )
    Annika says 16 jul 2017

    Hey Vasil,
    The minimal requirements for a windows laptop is at least an i5 processor, at least 8 GB of RAM, a SSD Harddisk with a storage of at least 256 GB and a dedicated graphics card of minimal 2GB. Apple notebooks are more common. All new Apple macbooks are okay, if they have at least 8 GB of RAM and an SSD harddrive of at least 256 GB. Also is recommended to buy an external harddrive for extra storage.
    You can buy a laptop at surfspot or at mediamarkt if you are in Enschede.

  • Andrei asks 22 may 2017
    Thanks again, and sorry if was an inappropriate question! :D
    Willem says 22 may 2017

    No problem! And it wasn't inappropriate! You asked a fair question!

  • Andrei asks 20 may 2017
    HiI came back with another question. Did the teachers work in the game production industry? Or if they still do.
    Willem says 22 may 2017

    Hi Andrei,

    No worries, happy you asked more questions! For sure there are! Some have worked on big Triple A titled games, others have worked on Indie Projects and some in totally different fields!

    Hope this answers your question!

  • Patrick asks 18 may 2017
    Roughly how much do you spend on food every month, and are the canteens on campus affordable?
    Gabriella says 18 may 2017

    Hi Patrick! When I was a student I used to spend around 100 - 120 euros a month on shopping (stuff for kitchen like washing powder, toilet paper, etc included). The canteens are ok but most Dutch people bring their own sandwiches - and you will save a lot if you do. You can get all you need in the market once a week for your lunch, and the supermarkets have good deals as well. I used to get soup from the canteen, it costs from 0.55 to 0.95 euros a cup (Ps: The mostard soup is my favourite one ❤️)

    1 answer left Fold

  • Max asks 13 apr 2017
    Hi, my name is Max. I am having problems decided what I should do. I have a really big interest in games, Ive been playing all my life but with no real IT experience. Is it doable for a 24 year old to begin from scratch in this program and manage to find work here in the Netherlands? Thank you!
    Willem says 13 apr 2017

    Hi Max!

    Great question! Age is not important in this case! I know plenty of people your age that have started and gone on to work at studios across the globe and in The Netherlands! One of my best friends (who is a student at Saxion) had no programming experience (literally none). Now he is one of the best programmers in the course and along with me had created a game that was nominated for a Dutch Student Game of The Year Award!

    As for finding work, it really depends. The Netherlands has a very small and not very large influence in the game industry but there are a tonne of good studios in the Netherlands! If you are a programmer you can get a job easily in VR, Software Engineering, Serious Games and of course games in general! For a programmer it's very straightforward I'm short.

    If you are become a concept artist on the other hand it's very tough. Hell even if you are in America it's tough to be one but if you are a 3D artist or Game Designer (like me) your chances are solid!

    If you want to ask me more questions PLEASE send me a message here or on Twitter @willem567!

    Also attend an open day and speak to Taco Van Loon or Eelco Jannik who can also help you out!

  • Andrei asks 13 apr 2017
    Thank you for the answer.
    Willem says 13 apr 2017

    No worries! Happy to help!

  • Andrei asks 13 apr 2017
    HiI'm 11 grade in Romania, and hope i will join this game programme ,after highschool. How it feels to study here? I watched the classes that i will make and i'm exited. XD
    Willem says 13 apr 2017

    Salut Andrei!

    First good luck at School! It's great that you are planning your ambitions ahead particularly in programming!

    Studying in Saxion is very flexible. The programming department is ambitious, fun and extremely paternal amongst your teachers. One of my favorite teachers (who I consider a friend) is from the programming side and he is always ready to meet up with me, spend some time to get coffee and discuss my concerns and a whole lot more!

    The best part about Saxion is the fact that by the time you need to search for internships, you will have a large roster of games under your belt that can set you up for some really sick internships wherever you want to go in the world!

    Another great thing about Saxion is that the majority of students are international. As you can see from my intro towards you, some of my best friends come from Romania and Bulgaria!

    Enschede is also cool. It's an easy place to live, very affordable and it's close to Germany too.

    If you wanna learn more you are always welcome to come to our Open days BUT should you have a reason not to come, please feel free to contact me via Twitter @willem567 or via here at IntoSaxion.

    Meantime enjoy school!

  • Martin asks 11 apr 2017
    Hello! So I have been accepted in the GE program but I am not sure if ill be able to pass it. I really like video games I like programing but there is this feeling inside of me that makes me question my ability.If someone could tell me how are the first two years in terms of studies and hardness.
    Rodrigo Alejandro says 12 apr 2017

    Hello Martin!
    In my opinion the program difficulty is just right, neither easy or too hard, normally they would ask a 5.5 as grade to pass the class and if you work on it since the beggining you will make it, if you want the maximum grade then you really need to put a huge amount of effort, is not impossible but is way harder than just passing a class.
    Each class give you x amount of credits and ask you to work at home y amount of hours and they are not joking, that´s the time that will probably take you to finish the assigments, so don´t underestimate them.
    In my experience this is a really satisfying program where you can see after a couple of months how much you have improved, you will learn a lot so they expect you to work a lot, just don´t postpone the assignments, go to the lectures and labs and you will be fine.
    By the way, most of the assigments are interesting and fun, if you like programming and/or games I´m sure you will enjoy them ;)

  • Filippo asks 28 mar 2017
    Hello Rodrigo,Thanks for answering :)I have another question:Is there any Italian student that I can contact to ask a few questions?
    Rodrigo Alejandro says 30 mar 2017

    I´m sorry I don´t know someone from Italy in GE but I could ask someone from Game Design & Production that used to live in Italy. I would suggest to contact the International office, they may be able to put you in contact with an Italian student, their email is internationaloffice@saxion.nl
    Please let me know if you have any other question.

  • Filippo asks 26 mar 2017
    Hello Rodrigo,how many people are studing Game Engineering in Saxion this year?
    Rodrigo Alejandro says 28 mar 2017

    Hello Filippo, currently in first year of GE there are about 55 students and in second year we are around 70.
    Please let me know if you have any other question.

  • BELEN asks 04 jan 2017
    hi guys! I´m applying to study a short degree programme at Saxion - Enschede. I´m from Bolivia and the application process being non EUA is a bit different, so in my search for help I´ve found an agency for hispanic students called Estudiar en Holanda.com. Does anyone know about this agency?
    Gabriella says 05 jan 2017

    Hi there, Belen 🙃
    I don't know this agency but I suggest you getting in touch with Nuffic Neso Latin America (https://www.nesolatinoamerica.org/). In case you don't know, Nuffic is an organisation from the Dutch government that supports Dutch universities abroad.
    The application process is quite simple (I am from Brazil and I did it all by myself). If you have questions you can always reach Saxion at fb.com/saxionuniversity

    Good luck and hope to meet you in Holland soon 🌷

Ask a question

Do you have a question that's not listed? Ask it here!

characters left:

Your email address will not be published