Part of Screen Yorkshire’s Connected Campus group, our four-year Games Design and Development degree programme has been carefully designed to meet the demands of the contemporary gaming industry. With a particular emphasis on the blend between the technical and creative aspects of games design, you’ll be taught the core theories that underpin the discipline and use these to guide your practical work and, in turn, gain the vocational experience needed to embark on a career in this fast-growing industry. Through the course you’ll gain a robust understanding of areas such as:
- Game play
- Technical computer animation
- Game programming
- Script programming
Year 1: 3D Character Modelling and Animation (core) Creative Industries — Foundations (core) Creativity and Imagination (core) History and Conventions of Computer Games (core) Introduction to 3D Computer Animation (core) Introduction to Computer Programming for Games (core) Year 2: Game Appreciation and Industry Analysis (core) Game Design Programming & Development (core) Indie Games: Concept, Design and Development (core) Issues in Web Development and Technology (core) Script Programming and Technical Animation (core) Environment, Set and Prop Creation (option) Motion Capture (option) Multimedia Application Development (option) Year 3: Placement Year Year 4: Design For Industry (core) Individual Project (core) Professional Industry Profile (core) AI for Games (option) Effects Animation and Dynamics for VFX (option) Motion Capture (option)
Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
The University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the University. English language requirements for International and EU applicants: The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent). However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5. Conditional offers to international students will be made on this basis.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.