Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Teesside University

Indie Games Development with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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Summary: This degree includes an integrated foundation year if you do not have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for entry to year one of the degree. Independent games developers and studios now make up a high percentage of the UK games industry, most producing games that are quick and easy to pick up and play aimed at a wide audience. This indie games development course equips you with the practical, theoretical and business skills needed in order to succeed in this rapidly growing industry. Course details: Independent developers require a mix of technical, creative and entrepreneurial skills to design, develop and market their games. This course teaches you to develop compelling games with exciting mechanics and strong gameplay, both as individuals and as part of a team. While the main focus is on the development of smaller independent games, the skills taught are also applicable to design, production and technical roles within large mainstream development studios. Teesside has been at the forefront of computer games education for many years. This course has been designed to support the shift in the UK games industry and to prepare you for the many opportunities this shift presents. We have established excellent long-term relationships with businesses giving you the opportunity to apply for summer, year-long and graduate placements with key organisations such as: Microsoft, Rare, Team 17, ZeroLight, R8 Games, Hammerhead VR, Dojo Arcade, Schlumberger, Sumo Digital and Coastsink. Placements are not compulsory but if taken, are assessed and contribute to your final degree award. After the course: This course provides you with a range of technical and design skills, making you the perfect candidate for a career as an independent game developer. Entrepreneurial support from University-based DigitalCity can help you to start your career as an independent developer or small company. Many small studios now take advantage of Kickstarter funding to generate the funds to develop their games. As a graduate of this course, you have the skills to put forward a polished proof of concept to attract funding. As the course provides a range of generic skills in the areas of programming, web design and game design, you are also well suited for careers in the mobile, web and social games sector. And you are suitable for a position within a larger games studio such as a gameplay programmer, game designer or web designer.

Course details

Modules

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Assessment method

Each module is delivered through a structured series of lectures and tutorials. Lectures provide you with specific theoretical information related to the subject, while accompanying tutorials focus on developing practical skills and work on assessments. Tutorial sessions are also used for feedback and advice from tutors. Further support is offered online in the form of extra learning material where necessary. One of the key features of this industry is the need for job applications to be supported with a portfolio of credible and relevant work. Our learning and teaching approach and assessment strategy acknowledges this need. Throughout the course you are challenged with demonstrating game development skills that are directly related to the topical needs of the job market. We use a range of different assessment types – the majority are coursework – and you have the opportunity to work on projects in a team. The problems you solve, the tools you use and the methods employed are the ones you will use in the workplace.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 - 80 points

A typical offer is 64-80 tariff points. The entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including: - a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A level) - appropriate training through work.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Find out more about fees and funding if you are from the UK/EU here: tees.ac.uk/fees, or if you are an international student here: tees.ac.uk/international/fees. If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man contact your education office: gov.uk/student-finance.
Indie Games Development with Foundation Year at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS