Games Design

University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Would you love to create the video games you play? Well, bring your fascination and creativity to this course and we’ll enable you to develop your skills to turn your ideas into exciting new games. Right from the off, you’ll be designing, developing and creating new game experiences to create a portfolio that you can hand to future employers. This is not a programming course; it is all about the art and design work related to video games. So, you’ll learn all about art and design work related to video games making you proficient creating storyboarded concepts and turning them into playable prototypes (both 2D and 3D). Why Choose University of Cumbria Our aim is to see you graduate as a highly-skilled and technical artist that this growing and competitive industry expects of you. This is not a programming course, it is all about the art and design work related to video games.

  • 75% of your studies will be designing, developing and creating practically, so you’ll have every opportunity to create a brimming portfolio of quality and playable games
  • Use the 3D and games engine software you will use in the professional industry
  • Tutors are active professionals in the gaming industry and you will benefit from their invaluable first-hand experience
  • Study on a dedicated arts campus, mixing with other creative minds, including actors and writers, who you’ll be able to work alongside on projects
  • Learn entrepreneurial skills to enable you to market yourself and work as a freelance games designer
  • Develop a wide-range of essential skills including drawing, 3D modelling, texturing and animation
  • The 3D models that you create can be used in games, films, adverts and TV shows, even in 3D printing and prototyping
  • Develop your own personal iconography
  • Your digital skills will be transferrable to other careers, including film and television
  • Close support from tutors, who will guide you through your studies
You will study at our Institute of the Arts at on our Brampton Road campus - a vibrant environment - where you will live and learn with fellow creative students. The site overlooks the river Eden in the border city of Carlisle, with Scotland a short distance in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. Add to that the spectacular Solway Coast, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you’ll never be stuck for inspiration. Our course will enable you to be digitally proficient to work with leading design and software companies worldwide – as it has done for former students, who’ve worked on films with Warner Brothers, Pixar and with world-renowned gaming developers. And, our graduates have been recognised for the high-calibre of their work. They've gone on to be part of the post productions teams involved in making movies including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Happy Feet, Quantum of Solace and the Chronicles of Narnia. Plus, they've scooped Royal Television Society Awards for their creative excellence. So, let our degree in Games Design help you graduate with a portfolio to be proud of and propel you into this rewarding industry.

Course details

Modules

Proposed; Visualisation: Drawing and Concept Art 1 3D Modelling for Games History, Analysis and Sociology of Games 3D Texturing, Lighting and Modeling for Games Concept to Prototype Narrative in Games Sculpture for Character Design Visualisation: Drawing and Concept Art for Games Design Advanced 3D Techniques 3D Games Production Art and Popular Culture Developing For the Mobile Environment Final Project – Games Level Design


How to apply

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 codeW282
Institution code C99
Campus nameCarlisle - Brampton Road
Campus codeB

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 points
A level CCC - BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM - DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 24 credits M: 21 credits 60 credits, 45 must be graded at Level 3
Scottish Higher BBCC - AABB

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Portfolio


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 £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Visit www.cumbria.ac.uk/studentfinance for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Games Design at University of Cumbria - UCAS