Application Process

Entry Requirements:

  • practical media skills, knowledge and experience;
  • Individual interest, intrinsic motivation and personal ambition to deepen media practical and media theoretical examination of non-linear audio visions;
  • the practical ability to work independently and in a team on creative projects;
  • the media-theoretical ability to participate in scientific discourse;
  • the command of the English language in word and writing (During the course of the application phase, the admission board tests the applicant’s English language skills. Therefore, an additional official certificate, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, is not necessary to be accepted. German language skills are not necessary.)


The selection procedure determines the artistic and scientific suitability of the applicants. This aptitude test takes place once a year in the spring months. Anyone with a university entrance qualification or who is expected to acquire this by July 15th of the same year is eligible to take part. The entire procedure will be conducted in English.

In practice, the procedure consists of two stages:

  • Submission of documents such as curriculum vitae, certificates and relevant work samples as well as written processing of a homework assignment, usually within a period of one month;
  • Interview on site or alternatively in the case of a very long journey from abroad or for other comprehensible reasons in the form of a video interview.

The homework is the draft of a game idea on a given topic. The applicants are free in the choice of the organization and representation means and can work on the task according to their interests and talents and/or in regard to the desired specialization – as long as the result can be sent digitally. The textual representation of the own play idea can be illustrated in such a way by illustrations and if necessary also already small prototypes be illustrated. Further tasks such as the written discussion of texts on topics from the areas of “Game Studies” and “Game Design Theory” check the reflection competence of the applicants. Those applicants who have proven their fundamental suitability in the first stage of our procedure will then be invited to an interview towards the end of the summer semester. 

The application period 2020 is over! Find out more about the evaluation process here.


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.

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


Uni-Assist FAQ