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For a student in Digital Arts and Entertainment, the world is their playground! Digital Arts and Entertainment has an international focus and this can be found in everything we do; It is the glue that keeps everything together.


CLASSES IN ENGLISH

The Game, Animation and VFX industry is a global industry and in most of the cases English will be the working language.

As we want to prepare our students as much as possible for a future job in these industries, Belgian and International Students can choose to study this degree entirely in English.


Right from the first day all classes will be taught in English to a mixed group of national and international students. 
Besides the English taught track, we still offer all classes in Dutch as well.


International students
Currently more than 75 international students are studying Digital Arts and Entertainment - from Belarus, Canada, UK, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Mexico, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, South Korea, Nepal, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden,…

It’s great to see and hear our diverse range of students share one common passion: creating great entertainment!

 

INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS / GUEST LECTURES
DAE courses are taught by qualified experts using state of the art equipment and industry-standard practices.
Our teaching staff consists of a mix of industry veterans and more classic academics. In this way, we can guarantee that the latest trends are translated and delivered to the classroom in a educationally sound way.


Besides traditional classes, our students complete real life and team-based, industry assessed projects and enjoy guest lectures by key industry speakers.


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
We deliver students of top quality and the world should know! DAE attends or exhibits on numerous exhibitions worldwide: GDC Europe and Gamescom in Cologne, GDC San Francisco, Play Belgium in Brussels, Emagiciens in Valenciennes, Facts in Ghent…
Our lecturers constantly attend trainings. You can find them too at numerous fairs: GDC, Siggraph, Filmfestival Cannes, Anima, Festival of Games in Utrecht,…


Get to know the international gaming and entertainment scene, Join Us!

 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

DAE is the only education worldwide that had student teams in the game design finale of the Microsoft Imagine Cup for 5 years in a row. Will you make the next game that will win the first place?

Exposé is one of the most renowned books in the World of digital art. In Exposé 6, Exposé 7, Exposé 9 and Exposé 10 you can find work of our students.

 


Serious Games

Four DAE students won the first place in the  Rijkswaterstaat Serious Game Request Claire Bellens, Jonas Drieghe, Alexander Timmersmans and Maarten de Nef developed the winning serious game about Traffic Management and driving behavior.  

 

During Intel Level Up in 2010, our students have won first place in the category “Best Game on a Laptop” and “Best Game on a Desktop.. Furthermore, the teams Pomana, Elemental Morphose and Symbiosis also bore off the Judge’s Choice Awards in the categories “Best Art Design”, “Best Character Design” and “Best Sound Design”. 

In a nutshell: in the student competition, our students won 2 out of 3 categories and obtained 3 out of 4 Judge’s Choice Awards.And this out of 847 submissions spread over 32 countries! Well done!

 

For the first time, a Howest DAE team (Fries Boury, Hendrik Coppens, Brian Cox, Oscar Kuijken en Jos Balcaen) took part in the Brains Eden Gamejam in Cambridge, UK in 2013. 

We were super proud to that team Last Stand won 2nd place with their game Strom Brothers.

Over the past years, we have always sent student teams to Marathon de l'anim. Not a competition but an animation jam located in Tourcoing, France where 20 teams, composed of three people each, coming from 17 European animation schools, each create 10 seconds of animation and this in 48 hours. The final result of 2013 can be found here.

 

Art Game Weekend is is an indie-game related event. A game jam that started in Paris as a french national game jam where different artists and game developers gathered altogether to prototype weird projects and experimental stuff. In 2013 we took part with 7 DAE students. You can find a video of the event here. 

 

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS

DAE is a training for go-getters. We constantly push you to sharpen your skills and to evolve to higher levels with more deadlines, new technologies, complex projects and demanding evaluations.

 

 

We want to prepare you for a job in a top company and that starts with an internship in a leading company. Here is just some of the companies our students go to:
Animotions, Black Forest Games, Boss Alien, Codeglue, Creative Conspiracy, Cruden, Crytek, Daedalic Entertainment, DICE, EA, Fishing Cactus, FX Motion, Grid, Grin, Guerrilla Games, Hoaxland, Hooox, Kylotonn, Larian, Little Miss Robot, Mobile Juice, Monkube, Neopica, Nitro Games, nWave Digital, Ossian Studios, Playlane, PostPanic, RealGames Europe, Ronimo Games, RTT AG, Serious Games Interactive, Spicy Horse, The Game Bakers, Triangle Factory, Two Tribes, Triumph Studios, Ubisoft, Vanguard Games, Visual Impact Productions, VRT, Walking the dog, Wooga and even more!


 INTERNATIONAL STUDY VISITS

For the past 11 year we have organised a US study tour for our students to Seattle, Vancouver and San Francisco where we got the opportunity to visit companies like Valve, Arenanet, Microsoft Game Studios, EA, Pixar, Digital Domain, MPC, Sony Imageworks,...


As our alumni are getting positions in the leading studios throughout Europe – for example at Splash Damage but also at Rockstar North, DICE, Crytek, Codemasters, Guerrilla Games,... – we decided we wanted to show our students the opportunities and the great studios nearby. So from now on we are alternating our US study tour with a European Study tour. The previous year we had an absolute blast in the UK!!


For many students this study tour is the absolute highlight of their academic career. A week to get inspired and be dazzled by talented people.

DAEgoesUSA [2012] from DAE.