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Course summary

100% of part time students were satisfied overall with their course. If like us, you are excited by games and are fascinated by how they are made; and if you want to develop your skills and turn your ideas into games, you will enjoy our course. We will introduce you to all the main processes involved in the design and making of computer games. What makes our course special is that it covers both the artist side as well as the technical side of computer games. You will be involved from the initial idea generation to making the final game while working individually or as part of a team. Passion for Games The focus of the course is on creativity, innovation, ideas generation, drawing and design as well as critical thinking, problem solving and passion for games. Yes, you will use a variety of specialist and industry-standard software packages; yes, you will do some coding; yes, you will learn about the gaming hardware; but all because you want to bring your creative game ideas to life. In this course, there is a fine balance between theory and practice on the one hand and design and making on the other. We will prepare and support you for getting a job in the industry and self-employment. You will be guided and supported by a friendly and highly experienced professional educators. We have a track record of high student satisfaction rate about their teaching and learning experience on our course. We will treat you with care and respect while giving you the individualised attention and support that you need. We always see you as a student not a ‘customer’. The industry needs more female game designers. We are therefore actively encouraging and supporting applications from female candidates with suitable art and design and other creative backgrounds. What happens on the course? As a full-time student you will be studying three modules per semester which requires about 12 hours of attendance per week. The rest of the learning will be self-directed outside the formal sessions. You will study in well-equipped studios. The studios are accessible from 8 am to 8 pm. There are no formal exams and all assignments are based on briefs and assessed by coursework. You can always book a session with your tutors for a one to one meeting to discuss your progress and get individualised support.

  • In Year 1 you will study the theory of game design and are introduced to the process and strategies involved. You will also study digital arts, level design, 3D modelling and interaction design through code.
  • In Year 2 you will build on the previous year and explore the world of serious games and game ethics and deign and present your own serious game. You will also study game audio which involves recording and editing your own sounds for games; will get involved in team production of a game and take a specific role within that team; improve your level design skills by designing and developing a more indicative game level using visual coding; and study 3D production through animation and modelling.
  • In Year 3 you have a lot of space and freedom to focus on your chosen areas of game design by negotiating the content of your various projects with your tutors. You will work on your final major project of your choice throughout the year. At the same time, you will be working on a client-based brief for a game and also choose an area to experiment with, this should be an area that you like and want to know more about. You can link your experimentation with your final major project. You will work on designing a game, usually as a member of a team and will be introduced to how to prepare for the world of work, this will include preparing a professional portfolio ready for taking to your interviews.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
W284
Institution code:
W75
Campus name:
University of Wolverhampton
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Further details can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Other

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.


English language requirements

As an EU or International applicant you will need to showcase your English language proficiency skills during your admissions process. The below qualifications are accepted for a number of courses, please be aware these scores are a guide on what is acceptable. http://wlv.ac.uk/english We have a suite of courses that require differing English language proficiency, these requirements are there to ensure that you have the correct ability to achieve your desired qualification with us. You will also need to check each individual course page for accuracy as our Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies courses require specific English qualifications prior to entry.

English Language Requirements - EU and International Applicants

https://www.wlv.ac.uk/english


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
No data
Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

If you are a UK student enrolling on a full-time Foundation Degree or a Bachelor degree programme at the University of Wolverhampton in 2023/4, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s fee requirements). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/funding-costs-fees-and-support/fees-and-costs/ and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/making-an-application/international-fees/
Game Design at University of Wolverhampton - UCAS