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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Continuing education master's degree in Advanced Programming for AAA Video Games
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Edition
21th Edition
Credits
60 ECTS (345 teaching hours)
Delivery
Face-to-face
Language of instruction
English
Fee
€8,500
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
- In four instalments, splitting the payment by direct debit:
  • 40% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • The remaining 60% will be divided into 3 direct debit payments, which will be distributed equidistantly between the beginning and end of classes.
  • The student must have and be the holder of a bank account with IBAN ESXX
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 01/10/2024
Classes end: 22/10/2025
Programme ends : 21/11/2025
Timetable
Monday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Barcelona
Why this continuing education master's degree?
The video game industry strengthens its position as one of the Spanish economy's engines of growth, offering a wide array of opportunities for all companies and participating in job creation. According to data published in the 2020 White Paper on Spanish Video Game Development, estimates suggest that Spanish companies working in this area had a turnover of 1,105 million euros in 2020, an increase of 20% compared to the previous year. If this rate continues, the Spanish production industry is expected to have a turnover of almost 2,300 million euros in 2024.

There are currently 755 studios working in Spain (an increase of 15% compared to the previous year). Catalonia continues to be the engine room of the Spanish video game industry, accounting for 50% of its turnover, with Madrid bringing in 28%. Catalonia also has the most video game companies (27%), followed closely by Madrid (24%), which means that the two regions are home to more than half of the companies in the sector.

This means that as a sector, it has high potential for employment. The fact that 97% of employees have completed some form of higher education must be considered. The video game development and production industry requires its professionals to be highly skilled, and as such high-quality training and constant adaptation to the industry’s needs are essential.

Therefore, the UPC School presents a solid and consolidated training offer both in video game programming and in art and animation. It consists of the Master in Advanced Programming for AAA Video Games, aimed at programmers interested in creating video games of any complexity, genre and platform, and the Master in Animation & Digital Arts for AAA Video Games, which is for designers, animators and technical artists who will acquire the ability to develop the entire artistic process of creating a video game.

The link between this training and the business world is fundamental and essential. More than 50 companies have participated in the master's degrees, offering master sessions and conferences to enrolled students, through which they transmit their knowledge and bring them closer to the reality of the sector.

Furthermore, this master's degree is held in an international environment, not just because it is taught in English, but because of the origin of its students. 38% of last year’s students were foreigners, and programmers and artists of 7 different nationalities worked together.

In addition, it must be emphasized the teaching staff, that is formed by professionals of the sector with an experience of more than fifteen years and the high level of employment, as well as the opportunity to carry out internships within the collaborating companies. 45% of our students have done internships in the last five years. As a result of all this methodology and of an essentially professional nature, Social Point's participation is added through its sponsorship to the Three Headed Monkey Awards.

Project gallery

Aims
At the end of the programme, the participants will be able to individually implement any video game from scratch in C++. They will understand and implement all aspects of a video game: technology, graphic programming, animation systems, artificial intelligence, gameplay systems, physics, etc.

They will produce their own 3D video game engine in groups, the tool to work with it, as well as an ambitious project in large teams, and learn to successfully carry out all the management that this entails.
Who is it for?
Aimed at programmers interested in the creation of video games of any kind, complexity and platform.

Graduates in Computer Science or Engineering,  professionals with programming knowledge that show interest in the video game industry.

Training Content

List of subjects
2 ECTS 15h
Industry
  • History.
  • Industry.
  • Development.
  • Production.
5 ECTS 27h
C++ for Video Games
  • Advanced C++.
  • Developement games 2D.
  • Tile Based Engines.
  • Physics.
4 ECTS 24h
Game Design
  • Creativity.
  • Game Vision Document.
  • Game Design Document.
  • AAA Game Design.
  • Indie Game Design.
5 ECTS 27h
Level Design
  • Level Designer.
  • Navigation, Goals, objectives and rewards.
  • Design Modular.
  • Exercise Stage 3D.
6 ECTS 42h
Tech & Dev
  • Building a Game Engine.
  • QA.
  • Iterations build.
  • Model.
  • Advanced Graphics.
  • Scripting & Finite State Machines (FSM).
  • PartSyst & Trails.
  • Shaders.
  • Augmented Reality.
  • Sound.
7 ECTS 42h
3D Game Engine
  • Game programming patterns.
  • Game engine architecture.
  • Game objects creation.
  • Gameplay systems.
  • Graphics layer.
  • Physics layer.
  • GUI layer.
  • Audio layer.
6 ECTS 33h
Graphics & Animation
  • OpenGL.
  • Space partitioning.
  • Visibility.
  • Models.
  • Animated models.
  • Scene tree.
  • Especial effects.
  • Shaders.
5 ECTS 30h
AI & Gameplay Systems
  • Physics.
  • Logic.
  • FSM.
  • Scripting with Lua.
  • Artificial intelligence.
  • Augmented Reallity.
  • Sound.
  • Networking.
3 ECTS 15h
Business
  • Financing and crowdfunding.
  • Models Monetization.
  • Digital -Distribution.
  • Big Data.
  • App Store Optimization (ASO).
3 ECTS 15h
Communication
  • Elevator pitch.
  • Video and press release.
  • Webs and publishers.
  • Preparation CV and interview.
3 ECTS 21h
Studios
  • Multiplatform Development.
  • Indie studios.
  • Technical Arts.
  • Publishers.
  • AAA Studios.
  • Social Games.
11 ECTS 54h
Project
The master's project will be carried out in groups formed by students of the Master in Advanced Programming for AAA Video Games and the Master in Animation & Digital Arts for AAA Video Games. As well as other students from music schools.

A video game project with its own technology is developed, implementing an engine from scratch with C ++ and OpenGL. Its own interface, Unity style, is implemented to facilitate communication between programmers and graphic designers.

The groups simulate the creation of a team, with the definition of all roles, scrum methodology, with its brand action, communication and social networks visibility.

At upcvideogames blog, you can see the projects of the master's previous editions.

The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Degree
Continuing education master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the course issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.



Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Visits
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Tutorship
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this continuing education master's degree will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Alonso Alonso, Jesús
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    Head of Video Games Area of Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Assistant Professor at Computing Science Department at UPC.
Teaching staff
  • Ajenjo Rodríguez, Rubén
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    Graduate from the UPC in Computer Engineering with a mention in Computing. Master's degree in Advanced Programming for AAA Video Games from the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development (UPC School). Senior AI programmer at Remedy Entertainment
  • Alonso Alonso, Jesús
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    Head of Video Games Area of Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Assistant Professor at Computing Science Department at UPC.
  • Arellano Távara, Diana
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    Currently I am the CGI-Development Chapter Lead at Accenture Song Content Germany, where I define and implement processes and organizational agility within a team of ~40 software developers & technical architects. For the past four years I have also been serving as Agile Master in different software development teams. Most recently I took the role of Project Lead of the BMW EVE (Emotional Virtual Experience) project, arealtime 3D rendered photorealistic vehicle configurator and presentation service for configurator frontends. I am also deeply involved as volunteer for the SIGGRAPH conference.
  • Arqué Gallardo, Alejandro
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    He has more than 17 years of experience creating professional video games, he has worked as Lead Game Designer at Digital Chocolate and Gameloft. In 2014, he entered Square Enix, where he has worked on different projects, including all Life is Strange, collaborating with Dontnod and Deck 9, as Senior Game Designer. Since February 2021 he has joined SuperMassive Games as Game Director in Switchback VR.
    He is a full member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) since 2017 and got nominated to Best Game Designer in the Game Dev Heroes Awards of 2019 and winner of the Best Leadership award of 2022.
  • Bauzou, Aurélie
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    Master of Science in Management, specialized in Human Resources from the EM Lyon Business School. Co-founder and managing partner of Power Up Talent, recruitment agency specialized in the video games' industry. With a total of 12 years of experience, 7 years recruiting in the gaming sector, both in-house at Scopely and at agencies. Background in organization and management consultancy firm.
  • Belmonte Martínez, Pablo Borja
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    Lead 3D Artist at Omnidrone. Art Director at LastBlast. Founder and Creative Director at hiPolygon.
  • Cabello Miguel, Tony
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    Computer Science Engineer from Ramon Llull University (La Salle). Founder of BlitWorks, a video game porting company that was acquired by Larian Studios, where he currently works as Engine & Consoles Code Producer. He has more than 25 years of experience in real-time graphics technology (applied to videogames, but also to entertainment or special applications), having worked with all kinds of platforms and modalities (software/hardware rendering, handheld/desktop, PC/Console).
  • Cerdà Pérez, Kevin
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    Professional with more than 10 years of experience in the sector, co-founder of BeautiFun Games, where he worked as game designer and writer for Nihilumbra and Megamagic. Later, Lead Designer and Narrative Director in projects such as RiME or GYLT at Tequila Works. He was also responsible for narrative and design in the indie team SuperMegaTeam. Currently Creative Director at Tequila Works and design consultant.
    Previously, he worked as a designer and writer on projects such as The Knight Witch, RiME, Gylt, or Nihilumbra.
  • Font Moragas, David
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    He began his career with audio for GameBoy and GameBoy Advance, with indie groups in the USA. Nominated for the best soundtrack for Yume (the Desarrollador.es awards), composer and programmer of One Sequel (IMGA for the best 3D and the Developer.es award for the best mobile game) and Furby Island (IMGA for the best game based on license, GameLab award for the best game for mobiles). Audio designer for Kukoo Kitchen (ArtFutura awards for best sound and best finish). Audio designer for Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story. He has been working in the audio video games sector for more than 20 years, with over 15 years as a teacher. He currently continues to work with several studios in Spain and the USA.
  • Fuentes de los Santos, Carlos
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    Computer Engineer and Master Degree in Video Games. He has 19 years of experience in the video game industry, as the AI Programmer at Pyro Studio, Lead Programmer and Graphics & Animation Programmer at Digital Legends and, currently, Senior Rendering Engineer at Codemasters.
  • Gálvez Guerrero, Javier
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    He has 10 years of experience in the sector, he is story designer, programmer and producer at Mango Protocol, an independent studio that has created the videogame series Psychotic Adventures (MechaNika, Agatha Knife, Colossus Down, CLeM).
  • Gil González, Jordi
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    Graduated in Computer Engineering with a mention in Computer Science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Holds a master's degree in Advanced Programming for AAA Video Games from the UPC School. He is currently working as a Tools Programmer at IO Interactive Barcelona.
  • Gil Ramos, Sebastián
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    Associate Producer at Ubisoft.
  • Nafria Nagore, Ramon
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    Business Developer at BadLand Publishing.
  • Pillosu González, Ricardo Javier
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    He has 15 years of experience creating professional video games at companies like Pyto Studios and Crytek. He has held technical positions such as gameplay programmer, Artificail Intelligence and project management as the Development Manager and Development Director at Ryse: Son of Rome.
  • Ripoll Tarré, Marc
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    Twenty years of experience in the 3D design sector, founder and Director at The Game Forger S.L., a company that creates video games in virtual reality. Extensive experience as a professor and lecturer at national and international universities.
  • Santamaria Pena, Ramon
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    a professional with more than 15 years of experience developing video games. Software Engineer and Technical Designer at Electronic Arts i Starloop Studios. Founder of the company emegeme, where we have published several products for mobile devices, and the company raylib technologies, where we develop video game technology. Professor and coordinator of video game projects for 6 years. Creator of raylib, an open source tool for the development of video games and graphic applications.
  • Torrents Poblador, Pere
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    Economist, he has developed his professional career in the areas of business development and business management in the video games' industry. Currently, he is Director of Operations at AnchorPoint Studios - at NetEase Games Studio and professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, School of Professional Executive Development and Centre de la Imatge i Tecnologia Multimèdia in business and finance subjects, in Degrees and Masters in Video Games and Master in Big Data Management.
  • Tost Faus, Georgina
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    Journalist and communicator with extensive experience, she has focused her career in the fields of technology, mobile applications, startups and video games. She is currently Secretary of Digital Policies of the Generalitat de Catalunya. She has led several companies, departments and technological initiatives, such as the European subsidiary of the Asian company IGG, or the digital department of several companies. She has also co-founded and been the CEO of the technology company and app promotion platform Geenapp. Author of Vida Extra Ed. Columna (Catalan) and Ed. Grijalbo (Spanish).

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Digital Legends Entertainment, S.L
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
  • The Game Forger, S.L.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Gameplay programmer.
  • Game Engine programmer.
  • Tools Programmer.
  • Q&A Lead.
  • Level Designer.

Testimonials & news

Testimonials

I wanted to get some training to be able to work in the industry because doing it by yourself is very difficult. My goal was to be able to find a job at a videogame company either here in Spain or abroad. In the end, I found a job in Barcelona. This course gave me a lot of really useful theoretical knowledge that helped me start working. I especially liked the length of the course and the genuine interest that professors showed in helping us find work.

José Antonio Camacho Game Designer at Digital Chocolate

My academic training was in the area of Electronic Engineering but I was more interested in professional opportunities in the videogame area because I think it is more interesting and fun. In this Mater's course I learned fundamental concepts that have helped as a very useful starting point. I combined this course with my final project for the degree and focused my professional career towards this sector. Thanks to this master's course I got a job in Madrid working in programming and design and now I have specialised in design management.

Ramon Santamaría Technical Designer, Plunge Interactive

Videos
Érimos - Final project of the master's degrees in Video Games and Animation (ed. 2021-2022)
Shutdown - Final project of the master's degrees in Video Games and Animation (ed. 2020-2021)
Final projects of the master's degrees in Video Games and Animation
Twinlight Souls - Final project of the master's degrees in Video Games and Animation (ed. 2019-2020)
Three Headed Monkey Awards Day 2019
Alumni Experiences: Rubén Crispin de la Cruz
Final projects of the master's degrees in Video Games and Animation (Ed. 2017-2018)
Three Headed Monkey Awards Day 2018
Final projects of the master's degrees in Video Games and Animation (Ed. 2016-2017)
UPC School at the Barcelona Games World 2017

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