Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Game Design and Production

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Course summary

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If you are creative, self-motivated and have a passion for games, this programme could be your perfect fit. You get to learn all about game development through team projects, practical work, game studies and engaging with industry. Develop professional skills in level design, concept development, project management and entrepreneurship. Learn the historical context and fundamentals of game design, interaction and narrative theory. Collaborate with artists, programmers and audio specialists. Work closely with local and international games developers, including Sony Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft and Ubisoft.

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Principles of Programming; Quality Assurance & User Experience; Games Studies & Criticism; Developing Game Concepts; 3D Modelling for Games; Game Engines; Professional Project Planning & Prototyping; Spatial Constructs; Professional Project Execution and Honours Project. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - The Games Industry; PreVisualisation; Design Contexts; Interactive Media Production, Production & Leadership; Gameplay Prototyping; Critical & Contextual Studies and Professional Contexts & Entrepreneurship.

Assessment method

You will spend around 15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and practical activities, with the remainder of your time spent in self-directed learning. Lectures, tutorials and practical activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop competencies in technological, theoretical and collaborative work. A large proportion of the course revolves around making games and building a portfolio that demonstrates your skills and specific area of creative practice. During first and second year, your work will mostly be assessed through practical coursework, presentations and reflective essays. In later years, taught module assessment is by a mixture of exams, critical essays and coursework. Project modules are assessed through the submission of conceptual work, design solutions, interactive media products and project reports. The final year dissertation and project allows you to focus on a specific topic within design and production and develop a specialist area of expertise.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2020.

If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeG452
Institution code A30
Campus nameAbertay Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Business Creative Media Production IT
Scottish Higher AABB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 1 with an HNC in one of the following:- 3D Computer Animation - Graded Unit A Computer Arts & Design - Graded Unit A Computer Games Development - Graded Unit A Computing - Graded Unit A Interactive Media - Graded Unit A
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:- 3D Computer Animation - Graded Unit A Computer Arts & Design - Graded Unit A Computer Games Development - Graded Unit A Entry into Year 1 with an HND in one of the following:- Computer Science - Graded Unit A Computing: Networking - Graded Unit A Computing: Software Development - Graded Unit A Computing: Technical Support - Graded Unit A
HNC (BTEC) M Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- 3D Design Computing Computing & Systems Development Creative Media Production Graphic Design Interactive Media
HND (BTEC) M Entry into Year 2 with Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design) Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Computing Computing & Systems Development Computing (Applications Development) Computing (Data Analytics) Computing (Intelligent Systems) Computing (Network Engineering) Computing (Security) Computing (Software Engineering) Creative Media Production (Computer Game Animation)

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English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

List of English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

International tuition fees for the following courses are £15,500:- Computer Games Technology Computer Game Applications Development Computer Arts Ethical Hacking Game Design & Production
Game Design and Production at Abertay University - UCAS