Games Design at Hereford College of Arts - UCAS

Hereford College of Arts

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Games Design

Course summary

Get the skills to thrive in a career you will love in the entertainment industry’s fastest-growing sector. Using a custom-built £850,000GBP studio, you will develop your ability to create rich visuals and vibrant storytelling, alongside learning the technical aspects and professional skills that will help you succeed in the games industry, esports and many other emerging digital careers. Based at the heart of a specialist arts school, you will be supported as you learn new skills, have the space to explore your own creativity and have the opportunity to join an exciting independent culture at HCA. The course will teach you how to bring your ideas, concepts and characters to life. You will work on projects alongside other game lovers and have the chance to collaborate with like-minded specialists from other art + design courses, giving you a chance to experience how contemporary design studios operate and how to design, develop and publish games titles. Through a combination of lectures, tutorials, project work and industry workshops, you will gain the tools to graduate with an industry-standard portfolio of work. When you do, HCA is committed to continue supporting you as you start out in a new exciting, fulfilling career. Games design is at the forefront of an exciting new frontier for creatives who work in digital media. The skills you can learn on this course - from 3D modelling to visualisation and animation - are applicable and in-demand in industry sectors reaching far beyond gaming and entertainment. Graduates on this course will receive a BA (hons) Games Design. Career paths include:

  • Games Designer
  • 3D Animator
  • Level Designer
  • Technical Designer
  • 3D Artist
  • Games Writer
  • Technical Designer
  • Mobile Game Designer
  • Technical Artist
  • Producer
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Character Artist
  • Data Visualisation
Why study Games Design at HCA: 1 / There are more than 20,000 full-time games developers in the UK - a number that is growing fast. 80 percent of those staff have degrees. 2 / At HCA you will study this exciting area in a true, specialist creative institution. Your fellow students will be graphic artists, animators and actors. 3 / You will be based in a brand new 850,000GBP digital studio, with access to industry-standard games engines and software packages. You will be in a progressive, supportive environment where you can build the skills and the portfolio to move on into a fulfilling career.


From your first day at HCA you will work as a creative, developing your skills and your own voice through a series of projects. You will develop your creative practice, practical skills alongside your critical awareness and theoretical knowledge. You will study a range of modules that build your knowledge and confidence and total 120 credits each year

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We are currently unable to accept applications from international students (including EU/EEA) for this course.

Entry requirements

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We will arrange a friendly face-to-face or online interview with the course team following your application.


Applicant will be expected to share a portfolio of their work related to this course. A selection of 20 images showcasing concepts, inspirations, sketches and finished work which can represented in person or digitally via a Powerpoint presentation or PDF document.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

In addition to the degree fees, the nature of creative arts practice means you will need to allow for additional costs, such as the materials you choose to use in your work and for trips to external events & exhibitions. The courses at HCA have been designed to minimise the impact of additional costs; all course leaders have an annual budget with some trips & materials fully funded by the College or heavily subsidised. However, typically, a student will choose to spend an additional £250 in the first year, £375 in the second year and £400 in their final year, depending on nature of their work and materials chosen. We appreciate that not all students will be able to invest the same money in their work, and staff assessing it will not judge work by the cost of materials or resources. The college shop includes many specialist materials at good value and digital equipment can be borrowed from the media stores at no cost to students. Students are offered an optional Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for use outside of college. In the 2022-23 academic year this cost £16.24 per month. NB: Adobe Creative Cloud is provided free to use for any student working within the college. Students on all courses will also have the chance to take part in optional trips that require payments towards their costs. Again, non-attendance will not incur assessment penalties, though trips are designed to help students develop their practice. There is an optional annual cross-course residential trip abroad. In the 2023-24 academic year, the trip was a four-day visit to Paris at a cost to students of £425. This fee included a shared dorm room and all travel costs from Hereford to Paris including Eurostar tickets. **Support Available from Hereford College of Arts** The HCA Cash Bursary: is designed to benefit students who are starting Higher Education for the first time; are ordinarily resident in England; the student must be liable to pay the full £9,000 tuition fee for their course and be from a low-income family (£25,000 a year or less). The student must also be in receipt of the full Higher Education Maintenance Loan. Each cash bursary is £1,000 which students receive in their first year only. **Care Leaver Bursary** Care leavers will be offered free accommodation with City Heart at Station Approach accommodation for their first year only. Care leaver students will be able to stay there until the end of their first year (not over the Summer) and will also receive the Cash Bursary of £1,000. Care leaver students will also receive a Care Leaver Bursary of £1,000 in both their second and third year. Evidence of being a care leaver must be in the form of an original letter showing Care Leaver Status from your local authority. **Partner Colleges Progression Bursary** A Progression Bursary of £500 is available to students from our progression partner colleges*, in their first year only, who have successfully completed a Level 3 or equivalent course within the last 2 academic years and progress on to a degree programme at HCA. *Partner Colleges: Bath College, Belfast Met College, Bourneville, South & City College, Cirencester College, City of Bristol College, Coleg y Cymoedd, Dudley College, Evesham College, Gloucestershire College – ALL Campuses, Gower College, Grantham College, Halesowen College, Heart of Worcestershire College, Hereford College of Arts, Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Hereford Sixth Form College, Malvern Hills College, Newent Sixth Form College, NWRC Derry, NPTC group, Plumpton College, Shrewsbury College, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, Stratford Upon Avon College, Swindon College & Worcester Sixth Form College **Internal Progression Bursary** All students who have studied & successfully completed a Level 3 course within the last two academic years at HCA and progress to undergraduate study at HCA will be eligible to receive a bursary of £500 in their first year.
Games Design at Hereford College of Arts - UCAS