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Course summary

Become a specialist in the field of games design and learn to work as part of a creative project team, with our Computer Games Design degree in Cambridge. Our BA (Hons) Computer Games Design course will take you through the main areas of computer games development, from idea generation all the way to releasing a playable and polished game. As you study you’ll develop specialist skills in game design, level design, user interface design, and user experience design. You’ll learn about different methods for user and task analysis that will help you develop intuitive and accessible interfaces. You’ll also develop a deep understanding of the two most popular commercial game engines, Unity and Unreal – knowledge that is highly sought after in the creative industries. And of course you’ll build a professional portfolio to showcase your skills to future employers and clients. There’s never been a better time to take a degree in computer games. According to UKIE, the value of the UK video games market reached £7bn in 2020. The industry needs highly skilled graduates that can work in multidisciplinary teams. ARU is the place to study a computer games degree. The East of England is a hub for games companies, including Jagex, Frontier Developments and Ninja Theory. As a Computer Games Design student at ARU, you’ll be based in our studio in the heart of Cambridge. Working as a team is crucial to games development and so you’ll take part in collaborative projects with students from other creative courses, developing your skills in teamwork and project management. Every year, you’ll also tackle live briefs from our industry partners. These might include prototyping game ideas, and even developing teaser games. You’ll have a chance to take part in negotiated briefs too, which may focus more on your particular interests and specialisms. Throughout your Computer Games Design degree, our expert staff are on hand to offer support and feedback. They’ll help you create an online presence to showcase your work. We also attend games jams, industry talks, conferences and festivals. They’re great places to make contacts in the gaming industry. Industry-standard facilities As a Computer Games student at ARU you'll have access to:

  • Compass House games development studio that simulates a commercial working studio
  • High-end computers with graphic tablets
  • Motion capture equipment
  • Render farm
  • Industry-standard SLRs (for HDRI capture)
  • HD cameras
  • Top of the range 3D modelling, animation, and compositing software including Maya, Motion Builder, 3DS Max, Mudbox, ZBrush and Unity 3D
As one of our students you'll also have access to all our other art, design and creative industries facilities and equipment. Careers Our BA (Hons) Computer Games Design degree will give you experience and find future work in design-focused roles such as game designer, level designer, user interface designer, and user experience designer. All your work will go into your professional portfolio, including an online presence on portfolio sites, websites and blogs, so you’ll be ready to showcase your skills to future employers and clients. Live briefs will not only help you prepare for work in the games industry – some may show you how to use your skills for communal wellbeing, regardless of where you work. For example, our brief in conjunction with mental health charity Safe In Our World allows you to research professional and ethical issues faced within the games industry. Research-based learning will play a large role in your project work, helping you develop a range of academic skills including information literacy, critical thinking and presenting an argument. You’ll also pick up transferable skills in teamwork, project organisation and management, and self-development. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for our MA Computer Games Development (Art). Our Alumni Scholarship will save 20% on your fees.

Modules

Year 1 Core modules: Game Concepts and Analysis, Video Game Prototyping, Immersive Game Design. Year 2 Core modules: Collaborative Games Development, Creative Development in Games, World Building for Games. Year 2 Optional modules: Ruskin Module. Year 3: Work Placement. Year 4 Core modules: Studio Practice for Games, Major Project for Games. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

Our assessment methods reflect the practices you will need to work in the modern games industry. These include team project work; working to client/employer requirements; researching and producing designs; creating artefacts; understanding game design issues and design techniques; and demonstrating a knowledge of world-building. At each level of the course you will also be assessed on a written reflection of your own skillsets and your plan for professional development over the following year and into graduation.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
I621
Institution code:
A60
Campus name:
Cambridge Campus
Campus code:
C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://aru.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/computer-games-design


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1250 (This is a provisional fee and subject to change) https://aru.ac.uk/student-life/preparing-for-university/help-with-finances/undergraduate 2022 international fees are to be confirmed
Computer Games Design [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS