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. The primary assignment consist in the creation of a concept for a digital game. Applicants have four weeks time to complete these tasks, 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 our website and upload a series of documents: the completed application tasks, work samples, a curriculum vitae, a school diploma, university degree, a photo, and proof of 12 months (post-Bachelor studies) of professional-practical experience in a media-related area. 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.
Also check our Deadlines and Fees.
In order to apply for the M.A. program, applicants must have a bachelor degree or equivalent, as well as a minimum of twelve months experience working in a related field that is earned after the applicant has been awarded a bachelor degree or equivalent. Free creative projects may also be considered.
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 is a very important admission requirement. It may demonstrate not only artistic skills and creativity, but also media and computational literacy, problem-solving abilities and a capacity for teamwork. We are well aware that not all applicants can be equally talented in all mentioned areas. We welcome applications from candidates with a strong talent in art and design as well as those more focused in other areas of study such as technology and media studies.
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
- If you have graduated from a Studienkolleg: officially certified copy of you university entrance examination (Feststellungsprüfungszeugnis)
- 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
You can pre-check whether your secondary school or university diploma qualifies you for studying in Germany at http://anabin.kmk.org. Find out more in our FAQs.
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.