Entry Requirements:

Completed university studies
The prerequisite for admission is a university degree with at least a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree in Digital Games as well as in comparable subject areas such as game design or related fields such as animation, computer science, film or design.

Graduates of only six-semester Bachelor’s programmes are required to make up for the missing performance points (usually 30 ECTS) at the end of the seven-semester BA degree during the course of their studies, or to compensate for the performance already achieved in other practical or university contexts. Individual agreements are made with the students at the beginning of their studies. It is conceivable to study modules of the Bachelor’s degree programme “Digital Games” as well as the recognition of academic achievements in third degree programmes and of internships and professional activities, provided that they can be compared with the “Exchange & Practice” module of the Bachelor’s degree programme “Digital Games”. The examination board decides on the individual agreements as well as the recognition of achievements already made (such as internships or professional activities).

In addition to a corresponding degree, proof of special aptitude for the MA programme “Digital Games” and a command of the English language in spoken and written form are required. As the CGL’s annual artistic and scientific aptitude test is held in English, a certificate is not required.
Knowledge of the German language is not required.

If you wish to apply to a study program at the Cologne Game Lab, you will need the following documents:

  • Completed application tasks
  • CV
  • Scans of academic certificates and degrees
  • Portrait photo
  • Work samples (link and/or PDF)

If you have all the required documents and already completed the application task, you can go directly to 

Remember that you have time until March 31 at 23:59 CEST to submit your application.

You can find the application task under the site called TASK!


Please be aware that CGL does not check the formal validity of your documents. International applicants have to submit their documents to the validation agency Uni-Assist parallel to the CGL application procedure. The deadline for Uni-Assist submissions is also March 31.

All application documents must be submitted to Uni-Assist as officially certified copies. If your documents are issued in a language other than English or German, you are required to submit a German or English language translation from a state certified translator.

We would generally recommend you to prepare and submit your Uni Assist materials early on. The evaluation process by Uni Assist can take up to four weeks ­during peak times even longer. Your final admission, however, depends on the result of the evaluation.

Current Uni-Assist process due to Covid-19: For the winter semester 2022/23 you can apply in digital form at uni-assist, you do not have to send any documents by post. TH Köln reserves the right to check these documents during the enrollment.

Please find further information on the Uni-Assist procedure here:


Uni-Assist FAQ