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Course summary

Year 0 in Games Development encourages creativity, imagination and new ways of making, thinking and documenting. If you are not quite ready for year one of our three year undergraduate degree then this course is for you. Year 0 in Games Development is not a standalone course, it is the first stage of a full bachelor’s degree and once successfully completed you will be able to progress smoothly into our BA (Hons) Games Development. The course focuses on giving students a solid understanding of games development, the creative process, and the technical knowledge to realise it. The degree explores the contemporary gaming industry across a broad range of experiences; from the latest console blockbusters to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Top reasons to apply:

  • Get prepared for progression to year one
  • Gain a command of the essential, practical, intellectual and transferable skills needed to enter into the world of games development
  • Develop hardware and software knowledge suitable for games development practice
  • An understanding of the broad cultural contexts of the creative industries
  • Gain visual awareness and experience with a range of media and technical ability related to games development


Year 0, the first year of a 4-year degree, runs over one academic year during which students complete four units. In term one they will begin a unit in Explorative Media and Design studies. They will also complete a unit in English Language, which continues throughout Term 1 and 2 and provides the basic transferable skills necessary to underpin their practical and theoretical work. In term two students commence their Specialist Study unit and engage in a series of projects designed to broaden their chosen discipline knowledge and skills of either Animation or Games Design. These will become more challenging as they move into term three to start the Final Major Project.

Assessment method

Students will receive feedback on their work during critiques, tutorials and group discussion. Peer review and feedback are also valuable within our assessment strategy. Formal feedback against learning outcomes and assessment is provided once a term alongside formative guidance. At the end of the last unit, summative assessment will take place in response to the submission of specified assessment evidence. All of the above will help students to enter with confidence into their chosen year 1 subject of either Animation or Games Design.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students will also be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/4 or above) or equivalent (including English) .

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You will be invited to a friendly online interview which you must pass in order to successfully gain entry to this programme.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each subtest.
TOEFL (iBT)72TOEFL IBT with 72 points overall including minimum Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17
PTE Academic42PTE Academic or SELT: 42 overall with minimum 42 in each subtest.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College London - B2 SELT ISE II. Pass Overall with Pass in each component.

Please view our website for full English Language requirements and options. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Ravensbourne English Language Requirements

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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
EU £16500 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

*All fees shown are correct for 2021/22 academic year and are subject to change.
Games Development (Four Years with First Year Level 0) at Ravensbourne University London - UCAS