University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Games Design

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Course summary

Whether it's Nintendo's Super Mario Bros, Ion Storm's Deus Ex, or Rockstar's GTA V, all successful games throughout each generation are built on good game and level design, story-telling, 2D and 3D modelling and texturing. This is the course made for you to get you ready for a career in the multi-billion pound games industry. Spark your imagination and let that creativity run riot at our dedicated arts campus. Course Overview Turn your ideas into exciting new games. Seventy five per cent of your course is practical – designing, developing and creating new game experiences to create a portfolio for future employers. This course is all about the art and design work related to video games, creating storyboard concepts and turning them into playable prototypes. You’ll gain the skills to become a professional technical artist, as well as entrepreneurial skills to enable you to compete in this growing industry. Industry-standard 3D and games engine software will help you develop essential skills including drawing, modelling, texturing and using the games engine. You will also have access to our motion capture software and VR headsets to allow you to develop professional-standard work in readiness for entering the games industry. Our dedicated arts campus will allow you to mix with other creatives, allowing you to work on joint projects and develop your own network of creative practitioners. On this course you will...

  • Have access to dedicated Games Design labs with industry-standard software, providing a friendly, collegiate, and supportive environment.
  • You learn games specific topics like drawing & concept art, character design, environment design, 3D modelling, texturing, level design, and game theory.
  • Have the opportunity to take a range of trips outside of the lab to gain inspiration and improve creative thinking. In previous years they have included games expo – EGX and Develop: Brighton.
  • Take part in our annual Game Jam that culminates in an award ceremony featuring Industry experts as judges and delivering a keynote lecture.
  • Develop a wide range of transferable digital skills allowing you to take up a number of internships during your studies.
What you will learn On this programme, you will learn to design, develop, and create new and unique gaming experiences. However, this is not a programming course; it is all about the art and design work related to video games. You will learn all about art and design, developing storyboards and concepts which you will later turn into playable prototypes (both 2D and 3D). Year One
  • Cultural Contexts
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Drawing, Visualisation and Concept Art
  • 3D Modelling
  • Gaming For Game Designers
Year Two
  • Understanding the Creative Economy
  • Working in the Creative Economy
  • Concept To Prototype
  • Concept Art & Visualisation 2
  • Texturing
  • Digital Sculpting (Optional)
  • Games Creation - Design to Distribution (Optional)
  • Motion Capture and Animation for Games (Optional)
  • Digital Painting Techniques (Optional)
Year Three
  • Theory and Research Methods in the Arts
  • Dissertation
  • Group Game Project
  • Markets, Audiences & Exhibition
  • Major Project

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: The Institution of the Arts in our Time, Reflection/Review, Drawing, Visualisation and Concept Art, 3D Modelling, Gaming For Game Designers. Year two - Compulsory modules: Understanding the Creative Economy, Working in the Creative Economy, Concept To Prototype, Concept Art & Visualisation 2, Texturing. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Digital Sculpting, Games Creation - Design to Distribution, Motion Capture and Animation for Games, Digital Painting Techniques. Year three - Compulsory modules: Theory and Research Methods in the Arts, Dissertation, Group Game Project, Markets, Audiences & Exhibition, Major Project.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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 £13250 Year 1

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