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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.

International students
Currently, there are more than 150 international students studying Digital Arts and Entertainment - from the US, Canada, the UK, Bulgaria, Russia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Greece, India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Vietnam and many more. And they all share one passion: creating great entertainment!


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.

We deliver students of top quality to studios all over the world. 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 and game, art and technology festivals all over the globe.

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


DAE has also been named the number 1 game design and development school in the world! (The Rookies, 2017)

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.


And the past few years, our student teams have done really well in Game Jams and competitions, in Belgium as well as abroad. In 2016, one of our student teams won the prize for Best Mobile Game, and in 2017, team Damn Amazing Education won the top prize!







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!


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


And for a few years now, we're taking our students to leading game and VFX students in the UK as well.

For many students these study tours are the absolute highlight of their academic career. A week to get inspired and be dazzled by their rolemodels in the industry.

DAEgoesUSA [2012] from DAE.