Fascinated by the technology behind computer games? This professionally-focused degree empowers you to develop the skills to design, plan and “code” games. You will learn the tools and methods used by professionals, and how to combine them with the latest technologies to publish completed games – helping prepare you for a fantastic career at the forefront of the gaming industry. Alongside programming, you’ll study the areas that build up the problem solving and logic skills you need to succeed, including computational thinking, designing gameplay systems, and maths for games. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to collaborate with students studying games art and design in studio modules that simulate industry practice, and in the Video Games Academy. All this gives you the breadth and depth in all aspects of game development that puts you in the best possible position to start your career in this growing industry after graduation. Throughout your studies you will learn in our industry grade computing labs, enabling you to learn the tools and techniques of professional game developers. These labs offer all the specialist software you’ll need, including: Visual Studio, Unreal Engine UDK, Unity, DirectX, Vulkan, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max and more. You’ll also have access to motion capture, VR/AR and console development systems – all the resources you need. 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 and guidance. Recent speakers have included representatives from Stainless Games, Unity and Aardvark Swift. Special events are a valuable part of the student experience. There are opportunities to attend conferences, guest lectures, even occasional trips to industry venues. We encourage participation in Game Jams and host a few every year. All these events help you to build vital industry contacts and hone your skills. Students learn from a team with a broad range of academic and industry experience. What does this course lead to? Graduates go onto a range of roles including; games programmer, engine programmer, graphics programmer, gameplay programmer, build engineer, game tester, tools programmer and technical director. Developers and technologists are also in high-demand outside of gaming, and this course enables you to develop the skills that can be transferred to a range of industries. Who is this course for? Students work in industry appropriate labs with professional level hardware, including console development and virtual reality kits.
YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Programming Fundamentals Maths for Games Introduction to Digital Entertainment Object-Oriented Development Scripting for Game Engines Computational Thinking YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Computer Games Programming Software Engineering for Games: Methods and Tools Console Development Engine Architecture and Tools Producing Games YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Gameplay and Game Design Gameplay Systems Programming YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Professional Development Software Engineering for Games: Professional Practice Game Technology Project YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Artificial Intelligence for Games Advanced Graphics Programming Experiential Design Studio Practice
The majority of units are assessed through coursework. Two units also use practical demonstrations and presentations.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
For information about applying to Solent as an International applicant, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/help-for-international-students
• 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||with 5.5 in each individual component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||with a minimum of 20 in each individual compoenent.|
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.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£13800||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries
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