EUROPE 2024

TOP 5 video game schools

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2024 TOP 5 VIDEO GAME SCHOOLS & Studios IN EUROPE

TOP 5 EUROPEAN video GAME SCHOOLS 

schools with the best job placement results in the video game industry



TOP 5 EUROPEAN VIDEO GAME STUDIOS

studios that have recruited the most graduates

#1 ISART Digital

Paris, France

details on World Ranking

#2 BUas - Breda University of Applied Sciences

Breda, Netherlands

details on World Ranking

#3 Rubika

  Valenciennes, France

details on World Ranking

#4 ESAT - Escuela Superior de Arte y Tecnología

Valencia, Spain


ESAT is a highly specialized school teaching animation, video game design, graphic design and photography. Its main programs are related to the video game industry, and its post-graduate programs are all in the digital field. Three of its degree programs (3 years each) have a specific focus on video games. 


ACADEMICS: 

In the final year, students can study in the UK, leading to the UK Higher National Diploma (HND). To this end, ESAT has signed agreements with leading British universities, such as Teesside University.

ESAT provides 70 graduates a year (30 programmers, 30 artists and 10 designers). 


STUDENT PROJECTS:

The quality of the more than 30 video games produced by ESAT students since 2016 largely explains the school's position in this ranking.

INVICTA: The Next Queen (2023). TopDown Soulslike game set in a fantastical and infernal world, featuring sophisticated gameplay and beautiful finishing.


ANDARA : Rise for Rebellion (2023). Interplanetary and futuristic third-person shooter remarkably well-executed in every aspect.

RECRUITMENT:

Main game studios that have recruited ESAT graduates since 2019:

Most of the main recruiters of ESAT graduates since 2019 are globally recognized studios specializing in AAA game production. 2K Games, considered one of the most prestigious, stands out with its subsidiary 31st Union. All offer exceptional opportunities.

Some graduates have gone abroad to join renowned studios such as Rebellion and Abstraction, known for their high-quality games. The Multiplayer Group and Keytoon Animation Studio, with more diversified activities, are also significant players in the industry, serving as suppliers to major studios.

In the category of AA and mobile game developers, Codigames, Brave Zebra, and Beast Burst Entertainment are well-established, offering exciting opportunities to express creativity with often greater freedom.

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ESAT alumni who have joined the video game industry since 2019 primarily occupy artistic roles at 53%. Among them, the most represented are 3D Artists (22%) and 3D Modelers (16%). Technical functions account for 34% of the graduates.

#5 Staffordshire University / London Digital Institute

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Bachelor's £9,250 (UK), £16,750 (non-UK)

Master's £9,830 (UK), £16,750 (non-UK


Staffordshire University opened its first video game program in 1997. Originally specializing in sciences, the university has since expanded its program offerings to include digital arts and has become a recognized player in higher education for video game studies in the United Kingdom. It boasts modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment specifically designed for training in these fields.

In 2019, Staffordshire University opened a new campus, the London Digital Institute, entirely dedicated to digital careers, which also offers a BSc in Computer Games Design.

ACADEMICS: 


STUDENT PROJECTS:

Pilots (2023) Narrative science fiction combat game featuring androids with beautiful graphic finishing and perfect mastery of lighting effects.

Get Off My Lawn (2023) Single-player strategy tower-defense game set in a fantasy garden invaded by giant insects.

RECRUITMENT:

First video game studios that have hired alumni from Staffordshire University since 2019:



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Nearly half of the former graduates from Staffordshire University who have entered the video game industry since 2019 hold artistic roles, and about a quarter hold technical roles. Among Game Artists, the most prominent positions are 3D Artists (21%) and Character Artists (8%).