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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.


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 Belgian and international students. Besides the English track, we still offer all classes in Dutch as well. 

Currently there are more than 400 international students from 60+ countries studying Digital Arts & Entertainment. And they all share one passion: creating kickass entertainment!



DAE courses are taught by qualified experts. Our teaching staff consists of an eclectic mix of academics and industry, young and old, artists and programmers, and everything in between. In this way, we can guarantee that the latest trends are translated and delivered to the classroom in an educationally sound way.

Our goal is to provide top-notch learning opportunities for our students. We invite industry professionals to conduct workshops and share insights about their projects and work processes on a weekly base.


We deliver students of top quality to studios all over the world. DAE attends or exhibits at numerous conferences worldwide: Gamescom in Cologne, GDC in San Francisco, FMX in Stuttgart, Film festival Cannes, Facts in Ghent, and our very own Unwrap Festival in Belgium!



Thanks to the incredible student work, Howest DAE was declared the best game design and development school in the world by the Rookies Competition already three times in the last five years (2017-2018-2021). 


This prestigious global competition recognizes the talents of aspiring artists and schools in visual effects, animation, games… The competition's judges include some of the biggest names in the business. 


We have also been awarded the Grads in Games Higher Education Institution Award three times (2018-2021-2022). This  award highlights the universities and courses that are actively doing the most to help students into the games industry.


When we travel back in time our students have done great in other competitions too: Intel Level Up, Brains Eden Game Jam, Marathon de l’anim, Belgian Game Awards… And back in days you could find our students’ work in Exposé, one of the most renowned books in the World of digital art. 




DAE is a study programme 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 are just some of the companies our students go to:
Around Media, BetaDwarf, Black Forest Games, Black Shamrock, Bohemia Interactive, Boss Alien, Codeglue, Codemasters, Creative Conspiracy, Cyborn, DICE, EA, ElectricSquare, Elite3D, Forcefield VR, Foundry 42, Glowfish Interactive, Grid VFX, Guerrilla Games, Hoaxland, Larian Studios, Massive Entertainment, Nanopixel, Neopica, Ninja Theory, Nitro Games, nWave Digital, Pajama Llama Games, Studio Gobo, Sumo Digital, Triangle Factory, Triumph Studios, Trixter, The Fridge, Ubisoft, Visual Dimension, Walking the dog, Wonder Media, Wooga and many more!




Everyone dreams of seeing the world! One of the best ways to action this dream is to take on a study abroad program at one of our international partner universities in Europe or worldwide. 


For the past 17 years we have travelled the world with our students during countless study visits. The goal of a study visit is to inspire the students and to offer them the unforgettable experience to visit some of their dream companies and look behind the scenes.


We went to Japan, the UK or cities like Montreal, Seattle, Vancouver, LA and San Francisco where we got the opportunity to visit companies such as Valve, Unity, Arenanet, Microsoft Game Studios, Studio Gobo, EA, Rocksteady, Pixar, Electric Square, Digital Domain, MPC, Sony Imageworks, ILM, Hangar 13, Epic, CCP Games, Meta...

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DAEgoesUSA [2012] from DAE.