GAMEDEC: Game Studies & Design
Gamedec: Game Studies & Design is a specialisation path in the >2nd Gen Humanities BA programme launched at Kazimierz Wielki University in October 2013. We are a huge specialisation, covering 5 out of 6 semesters. The majority of the teaching staff have an extensive professional experience with the game industries, and it is hands-on experience that we emphasise in our work with the students.
We build skillsets for the future, teaching for versatility and maximum employability. Our students learn how to make games on many platforms: board & card games, LARP & pen-and-paper RPG, urban games, ARG, interactive fiction and video games. We have a lot of hands-on design practice, supported by a dose of game studies and experience design theory plus a background in digital humanities. Most of the reading list is in English, and we have a good record of international collaboration, so the Polish students must be ready for the linguistic challenge!
Three years at Gamedec.UKW comprise:
- 3 semesters of team-based project work + 2 semesters with BA project
- 2 semesters of collaboration with the industry + 3 months of industry placement
- portfolio of 15+ digital and non-digital projects
- set of digital skills
- set of organisational skills (project management)
- specialist knowledge of game studies and experience design
- solid background in humanities and social sciences
How can humanities undergrads create video games? They don’t do programming – they will build games and game levels in middleware tools. Previously, we have worked in UDK, Unity and UE, now it seems we have settled in Unity for good. Video game design is taught by seasoned game designers or level designers from Vivid Games.
We released the first graduates in July 2016, with the ratio of full-time employability in the game industry having been impressive even before graduation. You don’t need to take our word for that: listen to people from the industry >Employment.
Blazing trails. Setting trends.
Redefining education in the humanities.
The name GAMEDEC (game detective) comes from a fictional universe created by sci-fi author Marcin Przybyłek. Used with author’s permission. More info about the Gamedec saga at www.gamedecverse.com.