Game Design, Game Studies, and Interactive Narrative

Research in these fields fall under the Masters by Dissertation, or Dissertation with Creative Work. The degree allows candidates to focus on a range of topics, and have the option to link their research to their own creative practice.

Research topics in Games include Game Design, Games in Culture, Games as Artistic Expression, Games in Education, Serious and Applied Games, and Simulation.

Research in Interactive Narrative includes work on Storytelling in Interactive Environments, Visual Storytelling, Hypermedia Narrative, Creative Writing in Interactive Media, and Scriptwriting of Interactive Environments.

This Masters allows for research from the perspective of candidates from other disciplines in the humanities (for example Anthropology, English Literature, Psychology), from arts and design backgrounds AND candidates from engineering, science and technology backgrounds who wish to engage with the creative possibilities offered by games and interactive stories.

As this is a developing field in South Africa with almost no research available within a local context we encourage study into South African and African industries and practices.


This Masters offered both full-time and part-time. In order to apply you must have an Honours Degree or an equivalent 4-year undergraduate degree (NQF Level 8). Applicants with averages above 65% are favoured. For applicants with professional histories; prior and professional learning is taken into account.
Applications must include relevant educational documentation, CV, a portfolio of work (for creative practice applicants) and a letter of motivation showing why the applicant is specifically interested in the field. Shortlisted applicants are interviewed before acceptance.
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