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Summer: Introduction to Video Game Production
Cologne, Germany; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum Class Standing:
Graduate, Rising Junior, Rising Senior, Rising Sophomore
 Minimum SHU Suggested GPA:
 Open to Visiting Students:
 Visiting Student Minimum Suggested GPA:
 Language of Instruction:
English Honors Courses Available: No
 Housing Options:
Hostel, Hotel
 Credits per term:
 Visa/Residence Permit for U.S. Citizens:
Program Description:
Introduction to Video Game Production
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg & Cologne, Germany

*Program subject to change and based on sufficient enrollment

1The video game industry is the fastest growing industry of all modern media. This industry is currently worth more than three times the recorded music industry. Germany and Luxembourg continue to lead the industry in opportunity, growth and innovation. To put it in perspective, the European video game industry has a higher percentage of gamers than in the American market. With the size of burgeoning European markets it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that the GDC Europe and Gamescom, which has been held in Cologne, Germany since 2009, is the world’s largest video game event. The European Games Developers Conference is also held in conjunction with gamescom, the largest trade fair and event for interactive games and entertainment in Europe, which will offer a great opportunity to connect with leading publishers and gain consumer insight all in one location. While it is offered here in the USA, GDC Europe is the only venue that offers both professionals and students full equal access to learning and networking together. 

2GDC™ Europe
The Game Developers Conference™ Europe is the premiere pan-European developer event bringing together developers and business professionals from across the continent and worldwide. Held in conjunction with gamescom, Europe's leading game publisher, business meeting, and consumer event, GDC Europe provides the essential forum for learning, networking, business, and inspiration. The event targets exhibitors featuring the latest tools and services within the games industry; business professionals; and developers and students interested in further developing their skills and knowledge within specific game development fields. The GDC Europe has hosted over 2,200 game professionals from over 69 countries, 118 speakers, 83 exhibitors and sponsors, and 349 media and press representatives. The conference held over 87 sessions with tracks on Business & Marketing, Game Design, Production, Programming, and Visual Arts.

gamescom™ Tradeshow
Gamescom is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. It is used by many video game developers to show off their upcoming games and game related hardware. Gamescom is the world's largest games event with 275,000 visitors, more than 5,500 journalists and 600 exhibitors from 83 countries attending the show in its third year. It was first held from 19 to 23 August 2009.

Program Description3
CS 170/CS 570 provides an overview of video game production. The first week of instruction in Luxembourg will include phases of game production, the role of the publisher and developer, and how to manage teams. In addition, information is presented on design elements that are used when creating the game concept and how to market the product. The second week of the class will be held at the GDC Europe and gamescom in Cologne, Germany where we implement the topics learned in class while we meet with leaders in the gaming industry.

Please browse the links below for further information or contact the SHU Office of Global Affairs.
Course Information   

CS 170/570 LXTaught by Professor Sardo, this course provides an overview of video game production. The course covers the phases of game production, the role of the publisher and developer, and information on how to manage teams. In addition, information is presented on basic design elements that are used when creating the game concept.  The course concludes with a discussion of marketing and public relations. The second week of the class will be held at the Game Developers Conference and Gamescom where we will implement the topics learned in class while we meet with leaders in the gaming industry. 

Course Objectives

Understand what a producer does in the game development process
  • Understand the roles on the game development team
  • Learn about the phases of game development and the tasks that occur
  • Understand the roles of the publisher and developer in the game development process
  • Understand basic game design concepts and how to use them in the development process
  • Learn about technical production, including voiceover, music, and localization

Course Credit

Prerequisites: none, other than an interest in the gaming industry.  This course will count towards your general graduation total.  This course will also factor into your cumulative Grade Point Average (course is not available for Pass/Fail).


A sample course syllabus can be viewed here.  Please note, the syllabus is subject to change.


Professor Francesco Sardo, received his MSCIS from Sacred Heart University in December of 2008, and his BFA in Architectural Design from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts in 1999. His previous professional experience was as an architect/engineer on building projects in the metropolitan Boston area using CADD and 3D computer modeling. Sardo joined the Sacred Heart University faculty in the fall of 2010. His teaching focus is on programming with primary regards to website design and game development. His professional interests include open-source software and cyber security.


In addition to taking your class, local field trips will give you the opportunity to learn firsthand the lessons and theories of the classroom. Excursions will include: Itinerary and Program Dates

Summer 2014 dates:
  • Arrive in Luxembourg, August 2nd
  • Depart Germany, August 16th
A sample program itinerary can be viewed here.  Please note, the itinerary is subject to change.

Housing and Meals

Housing is included as part of your study abroad program fees

In Luxembourg: you will stay in a clean, modern hostel in the City Center of Luxembourg.  You'll have easy access to campus and other activities.  Most bedrooms hold 4 students and include a bathroom with shower.  The bedrooms are modest, but are adequate for the purpose of resting.  There are also common areas with Internet access, as well as a cafeteria and an outside terrace for socializing, eating and studying. For more information please view the hostel’s webpage.  

In Cologne: you will be staying in a hotel near the city center. More information coming shortly.

Some meals are included as part of your study abroad program fees

More information regarding meals will be provided shortly. You will also have the opportunity to explore local restaurants, or dine in the hostel cafeteria.

SHU in Luxembourg Handbook

You may also view the SHU in Luxembourg Handbook for further information about living in Luxembourg.

Program Orientation

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation.  During this orientation, further details about the course and program details will be discussed.  The pre-departure orientation will be conducted in late April.

Program Cost

Summer 2014 Program Costs

Confirmation fee: You will be asked to submit a non-refundable $250 confirmation fee payable to “Sacred Heart University” two weeks after your approval to study abroad on a SHU Office of Global Affairs program.

Billable program costs: The Sacred Heart University Student Accounts office will bill you for the following amounts:

Part-time Undergrad SHU tuition rate (3 credits) - $1590 - or-
Part-time Grad SHU tuition rate (3 credits) - $2310
Accommodations/Program fee* - $3015
Registration fee - $100
The total billable program cost due to Sacred Heart University is $4705 (Undergrads) or $5425 (Grads)

The total program cost paid to Sacred Heart University is $4955 (Undergrads) or $5675 (Grads) (confirmation fee + program cost)
*ACCOMMODATIONS / PROGRAM / CONFIRMATION / STUDY ABROAD FEE INCLUDES: Program orientation, local program transportation, housing in shared accommodations, some meals, program excursions, conference attendance, and mandatory basic international health insurance

ACCOMMODATIONS / PROGRAM / CONFIRMATION / STUDY ABROAD FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Travel to/from host country, some meals, major medical insurance, and all personal expenses

Please speak with Financial Assistance  to determine how your aid package will apply towards studying abroad.

Additional expenses

Please review the program Budget Sheet for an estimated budget worksheet, including potential expenses outside the billable program cost.

Financial Aid

Sacred Heart Students – Many Sacred Heart University scholarships and grants will apply towards SHU-affiliated programs.  You are welcome to contact Financial Assistance  regarding loan opportunities and outside scholarships.

Visiting Students – If you receive a financial aid package from your home institution, please check with your Study Abroad/Financial Aid Office to find out if it may be used for this program.  Upon request, the Office of Global Affairs may provide your institution with the necessary documentation to support the transfer of aid.  Please note that Sacred Heart University will not process financial aid for visiting students.


Scholarships are a great way to support the cost of your study abroad experience.  In an effort to encourage you to study abroad, and to make a study abroad experience more accessible, the SHU Office of Study Abroad prepared a list of scholarships and financial resources.  Please note that this is not a conclusive list but it will help you start your search process.  The OGA encourages you to apply and take advantage of as many relevant scholarship opportunities as possible.

For more information about this program, please contact the Office of Global Affairs.

This program is currently not accepting applications.