Solent University (Southampton) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Fascinated by the technology behind computer games? This professionally-focused gaming degree supports you to develop the skills required to design and create “code” for games through underlying tools and technologies – helping prepare you for a fantastic career at the forefront of the gaming industry. Alongside programming skills, you’ll study areas including maths for games, scripting for game engines, console development and computational thinking. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with students studying games art and design, giving you a broad comprehension and appreciation of gaming skills that will put you in the best possible position to start a career in this growing industry after graduation. Throughout your studies you will learn in our high-specification industry grade labs, enabling you to learn the tools and techniques of game development, from the basics of programming through to publishing a completed game. These labs offer all of the specialist software you’ll need including; Visual Studio, DirectX, OpenGL, Github, UDK 4.0, Unity, Photoshop, 3D studio max, Maya and ZBrush. You’ll be taught by highly experienced academics with vast experience of the gaming industry, and excellent industry links. These close links enable you to benefit from a range of guest lectures throughout your studies, and gain valuable critiques on your work. Recent speakers have included representatives from Stainless Games, Unity and Aardvark Swift. There is also the opportunity to attend conferences and events, and even get involved in competitions such as Gamejams, helping you to build vital industry contacts and hone your practical skills.
Year one Core units Programming Fundamentals Maths for Games Introduction to Digital Entertainment Object-Oriented Development Scripting for Game Engines Computational Thinking Year two Core units Computer Games Programming Software Engineering for Games: Methods and Tools Console Development Engine Architecture and Tools Producing Games Options Gameplay and Game Design Gameplay Systems Programming Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year. Year three Core units Professional Development Software Engineering for Games: Professional Practice Game Technology Project Options Artificial Intelligence for Games Advanced Graphics Programming Experiential Design Studio Practice Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
The majority of units are assessed through coursework. Two units also use practical demonstrations and presentations.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 112 points||From at least 2 A levels, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD or equivalent qualification. Alternative entry on this course is available through the Foundation Year. We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||M: 45 credits P: 15 credits||60 Credits overall with 45 Merit level credits and 15 at Pass.|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)||MMM|
|Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)||DD|
|Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF)||In combination with other qualifications|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications|
|HNC (BTEC)||P - D|
|HND (BTEC)||P - M|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||MMM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||DD|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications|
• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
Additional entry requirements
Applicants who aren't studying a STEM or Computing subject will be required to submit a software project portfolio for consideration.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each individual component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||80 overall with a minimum 19 in each individual component.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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