Requirements 2023-2024

The information below is written from the perspective of pupils currently in secondary education in the Netherlands. If you have been educated elsewhere, but are interested in this course, please check the international entry requirements for more information. There are additional entry requirements for this study route. Please see the section ‘Additional entry requirements’.

The information below applies to the academic year 2023 – 2024. These entry requirements are published subject to changes in government policy and Saxion regulations.

You have been awarded a havo or vwo diploma with the required subject cluster and can demonstrate that you have passed your school-leaving examination in the subjects listed below:

Havo en vwo
Toelaatbaar Natuur en Techniek (NT) Natuur en Gezondheid (NG) Economie en Maatschappij (EM) Cultuur en Maatschappij (CM)
havo yes yes yes yes, with Wiskunde (math) A or Wiskunde B
vwo yes yes yes yes

If you have been awarded a havo or vwo diploma with a subject cluster offered at secondary school level until 1 August 2007, your subject cluster is out of date. An easy way to find out whether your subject cluster is out of date is to check whether your cluster contains numbered subjects, such as Economie 1, Economie 2, Wiskunde A1 or Wiskunde A2.

A havo or vwo subject cluster that is out of date does not give you direct access to higher education. Your diploma will be assessed on the basis of the current havo and vwo subject cluster requirements for the programme of your choice. As a result, your diploma may not meet the entry requirements and you will be deemed ‘inadmissible’ to the programme of your choice. In order to be admitted, you will need to sit a deficiency test before you can be enrolled as a student.

If you have not taken the subjects listed above, you must sit a Saxion deficiency test prior to the start of the programme. In order to be admitted, you must pass one of the exams listed below:

  •  exam Wiskunde A or exam Wiskunde B

As of 1 August 2015, mbo4 pupils are no longer automatically admissible to hbo programmes. A number of additional entry requirements may apply for certain combinations of mbo and hbo programmes. This is the case for so-called unrelated transfers, where you transfer from an mbo programme to an hbo programme in a different professional field.

Saxion has decided to overlook these requirements, since research has shown that over the last few years this group of students has not performed any worse at Saxion than other students who transferred from mbo programmes. However, research outcomes on a national level show the contrary, which is why Saxion will continue to monitor the situation for any changes.

More about switching from mbo to hbo

You have been awarded a Dutch preliminary study diploma which has been judged to be at least equal to a vwo, havo or mbo (level 4) diploma, or you have been awarded a Dutch certificate to demonstrate that you have passed the first-year or final examination of a higher education programme (hbo or university). See also ‘Redressing deficiencies for other diplomas’.

You have been awarded a non-Dutch diploma which has been judged to be at least equal to a vwo, havo or mbo diploma.

Even if you are admissible on the basis of another Dutch diploma or a diploma from abroad, you should bear in mind that you must still meet the subject cluster requirements. If you do not meet these requirements, you must sit a deficiency test prior to the start of the programme and pass one of the exams listed below:

  • exam Wiskunde A or exam Wiskunde B

If you do not meet one of the requirements listed above and you will have reached the age of 21 by 1 September 2023, you can sit a 21+ exam prior to the start of the programme. You will be admitted to the programme if you pass all of the parts of the 21+ exam listed below:

  • English exam
  • aptitude test
  • exam Wiskunde A or exam Wiskunde B

The entry requirements which are assessed by means of the deficiency test and the 21+ exam are laid down in a separate brochure.

As part of the enrolment process, CMGT submits applicants to a compulsory intake. The CMGT intakes consists of 3 stages:

  1. Online questionnaire & pick interview date

  2. Interview preparation (with 2 products)

  3. Interview

Based on these 3 stages, you receive an admission letter. The admission decision for CMGT is binding. If you receive a negative decision, you cannot enrol in the CMGT bachelor at Saxion.

Our intake system opens in November. Please apply via
The deadline for making a interview appointment is 1 July.
The deadline for completing the whole intake is 15 July.


Stage 1: online questionnaire & pick interview date

Once you complete your official registration at (please choose Saxion > Creative Media and Game Technologies Bachelor), you will receive login credentials for via email. It can take two weeks before you receive the login credentials. Therefore we advise you to register before 15 June.

Please answer all questions in our online questionnaire as honestly as you can. The questions help us to identify your motivation, skills, personal qualities and your professional image.

At the end of stage 1 you need to pick a date for intake interview.

Stage 2: Interview preparation

During this stage, you will prepare two products for the interview. Please read carefully and prepare well! Your interview will be aborted if you do not bring both products!

Product 1: your portfolio

You need to bring samples of previous portfolio items, work, explorations and adventures with you to the interview. Your samples give us insight into your creativity, motivation, and areas of interest.

If you’re more creative, portfolio items could be:
Concept Art, 2D design, 3D modeling, animation, drawings, level design, photography, video, in-game work, graphic design, audio, game engines, code snippets, concept designs, audio, storytelling.
* this list is not exhaustive!

If you’re more technical, portfolio items could be:
3D modeling, level design, in-game work, audio, game engines, Networking, algorithms, code snippets, working software, concept designs, audio, etc.
* this list is not exhaustive!

Product 2: your SDG Game

You need to create a basic, functional game level and demo the game during your interview. Your game needs to meet the following criteria:

Game engine: Unity or GameMaker
Game type: Free of choice (for example: platformer, mobile, FPS, action, adventure, puzzle, e.g.)
Theme: Your game needs to be based on one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). See for more information. You are free to interpret and apply the goal in your game as you want. Be creative! For example: design a game focussing on gender (in)equality or make a game about pollution of world seas.
In game requirements: Game elements based on (technical or creative) sketches. Make sure you can show your process from first idea generation to final element. For your sketches, you can choose either regular drawing, digital drawing, 3D, photography or a combination of these methods.

  • A movable, visible character.

  • A timer or collecting system.

Other requirements: At least 3 different characters or background sketches. Justification (orally or written) and desk research about the SDG theme of your game.


All criteria need to be met, but you’re free to choose your focus. So:

  • if you’re more creative, you focus more on the sketches, characters, and assets.

  • If you’re more technical, you focus more on the gameplay and coding.

It’s a creative assignment, use your imagination! Your game does not have to be perfect. Focus on solving problems, justifying your choices, exploring new tools. Try your best, and see what you can achieve.

Stage 3: Interview

For the intake interview you need to bring your products of stage 2 (your portfolio + your SDG Game). One of our intake teachers will discuss these with you, in addition to your answers on the questionnaire of stage 1.

Your products will provide us with starting points for a discussion. During the interview you discuss your preferences for CMGT, your interests and expectations. The research you did before deciding on studying CMGT and the industry in which you will ultimately be working, also receives attention.

Note: You must show your game and portfolio items through screen sharing. It’s not possible to upload any files of the assignment to the intake system.

During the interview we’ll assess your ability to:

  1. Creative use technology;

  2. Translate your imagination into a specific solution.

Based on these assessments, we’ll assess your suitability for the CMGT bachelor.


The interview will result in one of 3 outcomes. Your admission decision will be emailed to you within one week after the interview. This result is binding.

  • Positive advice: You’re a good match for CMGT. If you need all formal criteria, you can start with the CMGT bachelor next September.
  • Neutral advice: You have potential and we welcome you to CMGT. Some additional training on your end is advised before joining CMGT. The admission decision specifies what you should do. If you need all formal criteria, you can start with the CMGT bachelor next September.

  • Negative advice: An insufficient matching was found between you and the CMGT bachelor programme. The admission decision specifies where you scored insufficiently. Please try to enrol to another bachelor programmes that is more suitable for you. You cannot start with the CMGT bachelor.


If you’re not familiar with any of the game engines required for the game, here are some helpful links to resources that can help you prepare:

Creative applicants:

Technical applicants:

Creative applicants:

Technical applicants:

Good luck,

The CMGT intake team

Requirements 2022-2023

Are you looking for the requirements of the current academic year 2022-2023? Download the PDF via the link below.

More information

For more information please contact our Servicepoint. You can find a Servicepoint in Deventer and Enschede. They are open every working day. All (future) Saxion-students can ask their questions here, regardless of the location of your programme