Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Games Design

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Course summary

Games design offers a route into a form of entertainment that’s not only one of the world’s most popular, but is also constantly evolving, innovating and redefining its own boundaries. In short, the games industry is an exciting place to be, and our BSc (Hons) Games Design course can offer your route into it. Throughout the course, you’ll find an activity-led approach focused on the practical processes of making games. So, with our support you’ll build up a strong portfolio of games and game-like artefacts. As you progress, you’ll have the chance to pursue the specialist areas of the discipline that interest you most, and with cutting-edge assessments like our ‘Game a Week’, you’ll also build up your abilities as a games designer. Then, in your final year, you’ll not only work solo on your own game, but also work on a large-scale game through a series of smaller projects within a simulated game studio. This course is designed to equip you with the core skills vital for a range of different roles in the industry. While that means you’ll gain experience in areas like game asset creation and level design, together with essential skills in game programming and scripting, you’ll also look at the business side of gaming. As such, you’ll learn how to make your mark in the industry, including the essentials of how to start up and run your own ‘Indie’ game development studio. The School of Digital Arts offers the perfect setting for that kind of collaboration. That’s because our innovative curriculum paves the way for the same cross-disciplinary teamwork you’ll find in the professional digital sector – by working with students in sound design, animation and media production as well as students from our Department of Computing and Mathematics. The result is an environment that fosters creativity and helps you build a varied, well-rounded skillset. And, because SODA is purpose built with industry-standard facilities, you’ll leave us equipped with industry-standard technical skills too. As a Games Design student, you’ll find Manchester offers both the perfect backdrop for your studies and an ideal launching pad for your professional ambitions. It’s not only home to a rich heritage of games publishing, but today has the largest media and creative sector outside London. On our doorstep, you’ll find a globally recognised web and UX sector, as well as renowned CG, visual effects and VR/AR agencies and at MediaCityUK in Salford, the BBC’s digital and games teams. All in all, it provides a range of opportunities for a graduate ready to make a statement in the world of games development. This course has a Foundation Year available. Features and benefits

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to enter employment as an industry-ready games designer.
  • Experience what it’s like to work as part of a professional team, finding solutions to complex problems through group projects.
  • Benefit from cutting edge resources and the broad skills base of the SODA community.

Course details

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

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills) may be considered

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