CGL examines all applicants’ formal, artistic and academic qualifications, as well as their English language proficiency through an aptitude test.
First, CGL publishes a set of application tasks on their website. These consist of two assignments: The creation of a concept for a research and development project. Applicants have four weeks time to complete them, starting on the day of publication. This takes place in the month of March.
Second, by March 31st applicants need to register via a form on CGL’s website and upload a series of documents: the completed application tasks (which include a research and development project), work samples, a curriculum vitae, a high school diploma, and a photo. Applicants that don’t have their Bachelor’s degree by the end of March can apply at this stage with their latest transcript of records as long as they expect to receive their final degree by the end of August.* For more information please check our Deadlines and Fees. International students have to hand in two applications: the registration through our website and an application via Uni-Assist (see “Special information for international students”).
Third, a group of selected applicants are invited to a personal interview.
*Note: Those who need to apply via Uni-Assist have time until July 15 to send their final diploma to Uni-Assist. Please check the Special Information for International Students below and the Deadlines and Fees page for further details.
In order to apply for the M.A. in Digital Games program, applicants must have a bachelor degree or equivalent in game arts, game design, game programming, or similar. In case your Bachelor degree comprises less than 210 ECTS you will have to make up for the missing undergraduate credits during your studies at CGL by, for instance, taking courses in our BA program. This will most likely increase the duration of your studies. Students will discuss with the program management the details of how to acquire these missing ECTS at the beginning of their studies at CGL.
Courses are held in English, therefore applicants must have a good command of the English language. English language proficiency will be checked throughout the application procedure. A formal certificate is not required.
An applicant’s creative academic qualification, as assessed by CGL´s aptitude test, is a very important admission requirement. It may demonstrate not only artistic skills and creativity, but also media historical and media theoretical knowledge, media and computational literacy, problem-solving abilities and a capacity for teamwork. For the MA program, we are looking for students with an independent creative personality as well as a pronounced affinity to academic research in one of the topic areas of the study program (Design, Informatics, Media & Game Studies, etc.)
Important: Please keep in mind that the following information describes an additional process to the one explained above. If you are an international applicant you need to apply both through our website and through Uni-Assist. Failing to do this will render your application invalid.
You do not have to wait for an answer from Uni-Assist to apply through our website. Both processes can be done in parallel. Uni-Assist’s application process takes time and it is usually completed after the application deadline is over. Uni-Assist informs the CGL directly if you are allowed to study in Germany or not.
If you went to school or studied in a country outside Germany, you must apply to Cologne Game Lab as described above, as well as submit a couple of documents to the Uni-Assist service in Berlin. Uni-Assist verifies the validity of your secondary school leaving certificate as well as your Bachelor degree in Germany. Normally, your application must contain the following documents:
- Uni-assist application form
- Officially certified copy of your secondary-school diploma and – if applicable – your university entrance exam from your home country
- Officially certified copies of all passed university examinations and/or your university diploma from your home country
- Applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam: original copy of your APS certificate
- Passport photo
- Copy of your passport pages containing personal information
- Proof of payment of the processing fee to uni-assist
- If you have had your name changed: copy of the relevant document; e.g. marriage certificate
Note: All copies have to be submitted in certified form. Please do not send originals. Documents in any language other than German or English must be translated into German by a state-certified translator. Candidates from certain countries as well as certain types of schools might be required to submit additional documents. For more detailed information about the application process go to:
If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact our International Office.