Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Video Game Development with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Interactive entertainment and video games development are key sectors for contemporary culture, economic growth and employment, whether it be locally, nationally or globally. The three year BSc (Hons) Video Game Development with Foundation Year* course responds to this growing and innovative sector by developing skilled, team-orientated, reflexive graduate professionals ready to succeed in the sector. On the course you will learn the most important programming languages for game development, as well as industry-standard game development tools such as Unity and Unreal. This course gives you a guaranteed video game development placement in our in-house studio, taking place over the summer term of the second year. The work-place simulation approach of our department (Games, Film and Animation) has been championed by the influential 2009 Livingstone, Hope Next Gen Report which cited us as a national best practice example for developing new talent. What's covered in the course? The course covers core programming languages and video game development tools, as well as contemporary agile software development techniques to make you a competent and adaptable programmer, capable of finding employment in the sector or preparing you for further academic study. The course introduces you to computer programming by teaching you the most valuable language for developing interaction online, JavaScript. You’ll then be introduced to C# and object-oriented software, and will be given a range of interactive products to develop using both languages. As you progress through the course, you’ll concentrate on the most powerful and efficient language for game development, such as C++ Building upon your core language and software development skills, in the second year you will be tasked with a specific role within our in-house game development studio over the summer term. This work experience gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and professional practices you’ve learnt on the course in a safe and supportive environment. Typically for these projects you’ll be using industry standard game development tools such as Unity and Unreal. These summer projects have in the past been mentored and supported by external partners including Red Bee Media, FreeStyleGames and Codemasters. The work students produce during these summer placements can act as excellent portfolio pieces, which demonstrate their ability as both a professional artist and effective team member. Throughout the course you will be provided with a structured programme of learning, in line with your chosen specialism of video game development. The course culminates with a project you define yourself which uses a specific programming language and technology you have learned on the course, such as JavaScript, C#, C++, Three.js, SFML, Unity and Unreal. You have the choice of either proposing your own individual project or collaborating with other students to create another video game project for your portfolio. Teaching takes place in a modern production studio based in Birmingham city centre, where you’ll be provided with studio space to complete your projects. You will be taught by staff with significant experience in the video game development industry, having worked with game developers including Psygnosis, Rage Software, Codemasters, FreeStyleGames and EA Games. By the time you graduate you’ll have three years of tangible games development studio experience under your belt, ready to launch your dream career as a games developer. *Subject to approval - the content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market. Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
1145
Institution code:
B25
Campus name:
Parkside Building Campus
Campus code:
C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6overall with no less than 5.5 in any level

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
55%
Student satisfaction
69%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
Go onto work and study

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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 £13200 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Video Game Development with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS