Game Design at SAE Institute - UCAS

SAE Institute

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Hertfordshire

Game Design

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Course summary

The gaming industry has exploded in recent years thanks to exciting technological advances that have opened the door to dynamic, immersive experiences like never before. With gaming companies on the lookout for talented game designers, programmers and testers, now’s the perfect time to study a games design degree course. At SAE, you’ll learn how to design and develop next-level video games while advancing your game development and programming skills in 2 years rather than 3. Beat the competition by graduating industry-ready more quickly than at a traditional university – while saving money on course and accommodation fees too. Across your 2 years at SAE, you’ll explore level design and narrative construction by completing real-world project briefs in a simulated games studio environment. You’ll gain advanced skills in industry-standard software packages, such as Unreal Engine 5, Unity 3D, Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk Suite (Maya) and Visual Studio, plus expert proficiency in programming languages C# and C++. SAE’s highly experienced Experts will introduce you to the professional world of game design, showing you the ropes in object-oriented programming (OOP), UI/UX design and industry workflows. As you explore common game engines and core mathematical principles, you’ll complete group projects and test the games you’ve developed, validating your understanding of game design theory and frameworks. As you progress your studies, you’ll get ready to embrace real-world success thanks to SAE’s focus on practical learning, business planning skills and games industry knowledge. In your final trimester, you’ll complete a Major Project in a chosen area of specialism – a perfect opportunity to connect with industry experts with a view to future game design employment. At the end of your time with us, you’ll graduate equipped with the skills of a professional game developer and ready to launch into the industry as a game designer, game developer, concept artist, multimedia specialist or software engineer. Simply put, SAE’s accelerated Games Design degree really puts you ahead of the game.


Our fast-track degree means you can graduate and be earning and doing what you love in just two years. Year 1: Trimester 1 - Game Programming Basics, Games Development Basics Trimester 2 – Applied Game Design, Games and Culture Trimester 3 - Creative Studio 1: Industry Workflows Year 2: Trimester 4 - Creative Studio 2: Collaboration and Business Trimester 5 - Creative Studio 3: Research and Practice Trimester 6 - Major project

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants must meet the general entry requirements outlined below. You will also need to provide evidence that you are proficient in the English language. More details can be found at

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £11100 Year 1
England £11100 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11100 Year 1
Scotland £11100 Year 1
Wales £11100 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For the London, Leamington Spa and Liverpool campuses, fees are £11,100 per year for UK students and EU students. For international students the fees are £15,000 per year. For our Glasgow campus fees are £9,000 per year for UK students and EU students. For international students the fees are £13,000 per year.
Game Design at SAE Institute - UCAS