Serious Gaming

Autumn and spring programme

Games: more than just playing! Do you have a passion for game development? Do you think that games can contribute to the improvement of healthcare, education, or safety?

Then come and study Serious Gaming in our minor in which you develop concepts for serious games with other students and professionals.

About the course

Everything revolves around a large project in which you develop a serious game in a multi-disciplinary team. Besides this, you attend (guest-)lectures about relevant topics for your project and (serious) game development in general. You also carry out smaller assignments which help you with the large project. Finally, you visit conferences, symposia, and game companies to come into contact with the Dutch games industry. This way, you can start building your own network in this sector.

About serious games

A serious game is a game which serves another goal than entertainment alone. Such goals can for instance be education, advertising, or behavioral change. Serious games are developed in multi-disciplinary teams; The domain in which you are working, the design, and content all need to be in tune. As an ICT-student (also Business ICT or Computer Science) you apply your knowledge and experience in game development (e.g., design, development, management, marketing and communication).

Learning goals

In this minor, you learn to co-operate with multiple disciplines to develop a serious game. You learn to get to the bottom of the request of your client. Based on that, you develop fitting concepts together with your team, which you discuss with your client. Next, the best concept is developed into a game prototype. You will also learn how to write the outline of a validation plan and how you can pitch your game for your client, as if you had an actual game-company.

Serious Gaming

Who can apply?

Different roles are possible within the project in this minor (e.g. design, development, management, marketing and communication). The requirements are dependent on the role you plan to fulfill. Send your study background and prospective role for more information.

Academic Calendar

Windesheim's academic year is divided into two semesters. One starts in autumn and the other starts in spring.


Windesheim has an International Office to help students from other countries. The Office can give you advice about applying for a place at our university and will provide support while you are here. Contact the International Office for help on:

Admission requirements
Visas and residence permits
Student facilities
Living in the Netherlands
Working while studying

Also, you can find an online checklist on our website for studying in the Netherlands. Just enter your personal data and you'll receive information about visa, insurance, resident permit and grants.


Windesheim does not charge fees to students on exchange programmes or to international students doing double degrees. However, if you have to pay fees back home, you’ll probably have to go on paying them while you’re here. And coming to Windesheim may involve some extra costs for you.


If you come to study at Windesheim, you'll need somewhere to live. Windesheim has several housing facilities for students on the various study programmes.

How to apply

If you want to come to Windesheim as an exchange student, you'll need to complete an application form and send it in. A Learning Agreement and other documents need to be sent along with the form. We'll guide you through each step of our admissions procedure.


Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter the Netherlands and a residence permit to study here for more than three months. If you work while studying, you may need a work permit.

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