Computer Games (Design) with Digital Arts Foundation Year

Solent University (Southampton)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Solent University
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Course summary

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Southampton Solent’s digital arts foundation year covers key subjects such as animation, game development and modelling, and will help equip you with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about your future direction. The learning path is designed to seamlessly integrate with our related degree courses and offers flexible learning experiences in the field of digital media. Successful completion of the programme will grant direct access on to one of our related industry-focused undergraduate degrees. You will be taught by passionate staff who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge. During your studies you’ll be supported in developing your game production, business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as working with coders and artists in the Video Games Academy. To aid study, you’ll have full access to Solent’s industry-standard facilities, including specialist labs, high-end dual screen computers equipped with industry software such as Autodesk, Adobe and Pixologic, and graphics tablets. You’ll also have access to a motion capture studio and lounge equipped with consoles and life drawing studio. Successful completion of the Digital Arts Foundation Year will provide a pathway to the degree BA (Hons) Computer Games (Design). As a BA (Hons) Computer Games (Design) student you’ll be working alongside established academics and professionals with experience in every aspect of game production. Starting with fundamental design tools, you’ll focus on creating compelling games that engage players and deliver great experiences. As you learn the essential programming, design and prototyping skills needed to make this possible, you’ll benefit from access to dedicated studio space in Solent’s video games academy. This open access teaching area provides all the specialised software you’ll need: Visual Studio, Perforce, DirectX, OpenGL, UDK 4.0, Unity, Source, Torque, Cocos2dx, Photoshop, 3D studio max, Maya and Mudbox to name just a few. You’ll also have access to console development kits, a motion capture studio, a mobile devices lab and a range of consumer gaming/VR hardware. Bringing a modern game to market requires a broad range of skills and specialisms. Throughout your degree you will learn to collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams, bringing these varied specialisms together to create polished and engaging gaming experiences. If you are particularly interested in the project or business management side of the industry, you have the option to undertake a “business of games” unit in your third year of study. Links with industry are a major component of the course. You’ll be encouraged to take part in game jams, conferences, gaming conventions and networking events throughout your degree; building connections and discovering your niche. An industry advisory board supports the planning for the curriculum, ensuring that you are learning in-demand skills. Companies represented include Sony Computer Games Europe, Unity Technologies, Sumo Digital, Bitmap Bureau, Stainless Games and Aardvark Swift.

Course details

Modules

After completion your foundation year you will study: Year one Core units Introduction to Digital Arts and Technology Computer Art Programming Fundamentals Introduction to Design and Prototyping Media Design Object-Oriented Programming Scripting for Game Engines Object Oriented Development Year two Core units Gameplay and Game Design Media Creation for Games User Centred Design Digital Game Design and Prototyping Advanced Media Creation Producing Games Year three Core units Project Research and Preparation Computer Games Design Project Professional Development Options Experiential Design Futureproof Design Artificial Intelligence for Games The Business of Games Video Game Design Languages Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeII63
Institution code S30
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points From A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. An `optional’ online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.
A level DD From a minimum of two completed A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
AS In combination with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A
Extended Project In combination with other qualifications.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma MP
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma MM
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma MM
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In combination with other qualifications.
AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh) D
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh) MM
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh) MP
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh) PPP

IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening. TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.55.5 overall with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. If you are applying for a visa, you must have taken your IELTS at a registered SELT centre if studying below degree level.
TOEFL (iBT)7171 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component. Please note that TOEFL is only valid for EU students.

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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11660 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Computer Games (Design) with Digital Arts Foundation Year at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS