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ARC ACADEMY A place for creators to advance as professionals in the game dev industry

Why Bulgaria

The IT sector in Bulgaria generated 3.8% of the Bulgarian GDP in 2020. With more than 38 000 professionals in the industry, Bulgaria is one of the biggest tech hubs in Europe. As part of it, the game dev industry is growing at a steady pace and offers great opportunities for young professionals. International game studios like Ubisoft, Gameloft, and Creative Assembly (SEGA), Bulgarian studios like Snapshot Games, XS Software, Imperia Online, and Haemimont, as well as various indie game developers, are working together to make Bulgaria top destination for game development.

Why ARC Academy

The only thing that could slow down the rise of the video game industry is the lack of qualified professionals. So, our mission in ARC is to make the connection between creative, talented, and ambitious people who would like to pursue a carrier in the game industry with the studios.

ARC Academy is an educational institution preparing you for a fulfilling career in creative industries.

What you get

Lecturers who are lead professionals in the game dev industry

Lecturers who are lead professionals in the game dev industry

Practical tasks and feedback

Practical tasks and feedback

Computer halls with state-of-the-art equipment

Computer halls with state-of-the-art equipment

Hardware and software used in the game dev studios

Hardware and software used in the game dev studios

Relax areas and cafeteria

Relax areas and cafeteria

Lecturers who are lead professionals in the game dev industry Lecturers who are lead professionals in the game dev industry
Practical tasks and feedback Practical tasks and feedback
Computer halls with state-of-the-art equipment Computer halls with state-of-the-art equipment
Hardware and software used in the game dev studios Hardware and software used in the game dev studios
Relax areas and cafeteria Relax areas and cafeteria

The Game Dev
Program

Game Dev is a two-year program designed for people aspiring to a career in the creative and rewarding field of video game development. It is created in collaboration with the leading professionals from studios like Gameloft, Creative Assembly, Snapshot games, XS Software, etc. The program is practical-oriented and will prepare you for the high demands of the videogame’s job market. 

The first semester includes an introduction to every aspect of game development and helps students understand the roles and work processes in the game studios. From narrative and gameplay designers to production managers and producers, 2D and 3D artists, programmers, and animators – the game industry is a place for people with various talents and career paths.

The second semester is the time for students to start directing their efforts towards their chosen career field – Game Design, Concept Art or 3D Art.


During the third and fourth semesters, students get deeper into the process of creating video games. They get knowledge and practical skills in one of the chosen fields – Game Design, Concept art, and 3D Art. In the final semester, we organize Game Lab which simulates the workflow in an indie game studio. Together as team students create their first video game. You can watch the trailer to the game CAIM developed by last year’s students in Game Dev Advanced:

Meet the lecturers

Our lecturers in the Game Dev Program are lead professionals with years of experience in the video game industry. They teach, mentor, and inspire our students.

ARC's Students

In our first three years, more than 140 students have chosen to study at ARC Academy. We are proud that 85% of them have found their workplace in the creative industries.

Come to Bulgaria to study game development

Local Area

Sofia is the capital and largest city in Bulgaria. It is situated in the Sofia Valley at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western parts of the country. It has a humid continental climate with an average annual temperature of 10.9 °C. Bulgarian capital hosts around 1.24 million residents. Sofia is home to many of the major local universities, cultural institutions, and commercial companies. The city has been described as the “triangle of religious tolerance”. This is since three temples of three major world religions— Christianity, Islam, and Judaism – are situated within one square. Sofia has been named one of the top ten best places for start-up businesses in the world, especially in information technologies.

How to apply

If you are interested in studying at ARC Academy and want to relocate to Bulgaria, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

In an individual online meeting, our team will tell you everything you need to know about ARC Academy and will answer your questions.

We will be there to guide you through the application process. You can sign for an online meeting with us here.

Deadlines for enrollment

Early bird
31 March 2022

Regular application
30 June 2022

Start
15 October 2022

If you apply until 31 March 2022 you will have the opportunity to participate in our summer mentorship program. It will give you the confidence to start the school year well prepared.

Entry criteria

Portfolio

Portfolio

If you have a portfolio, feel free to show it to us (5 to 7 from your best works). If not, you can send any screenwriting, creating writing, video content, music, or anything that shows your creative set.

Motivation

Motivation

Tell us why we should choose you to study in the Game Dev Program! Why is ARC Academy the right place for the next step in your professional development? What are your future creative and professional plans?

CV

CV

Tell us more about your educational background and interests!

Fees

It is difficult to put a price on what is priceless – on knowledge and experience, but our goal is to provide an affordable educational program that meets the unique needs of each student. The tuition fee is 2200 € per semester (VAT included).
 

Work in Bulgaria

There are some great opportunities for students to work in Bulgaria while studying at ARC Academy! Our partners from Telus have a big game support team with more than 1300 employees looking to join new young talents who speak foreign languages in the company. Game dev studios are also open for internship programs.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about ARC Academy, our educational program, and relocating to Bulgaria, our team will be happy to help. You can write us at [email protected] or call us on +359886925303.

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