University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Winchester

Computer Games Design & Development

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Course summary

  • Learn from a specialist team of research-active academics who work at the forefront of the computer games field
  • Gain real insight and hands-on experience into what designing and developing a game is like within a professional studio environment
  • Grow your career and confidence in taking on new challenges and responsibilities in this thriving sector
  • Access a wide range of specialist software and tools including a dedicated computer science, software engineering and digital media design laboratories in a state-of-the-art new development
  • Develop an appreciation of the wider role digital technologies play in an organisational context
  • Benefit from interdisciplinary cross-department specialists within Winchester Business School
If you are seeking to develop your interest in computer games into a set of creative and technical skills to help start a career in this exciting and expanding industry, then this programme provides an excellent opportunity to do just that. At its core, our Computer Games Design and Development programme is designed to enhance your understanding of technical games design and development. You will study the latest techniques and resources for developing standalone, web-based and mobile games, featuring gripping graphics and animation. In the process you will become familiar with the basic architecture and design elements of computer games and programming languages relevant to games development. By undertaking a series of real game development projects, you will gain theoretical knowledge and have the opportunity to gain practical experience. The programme utilises expertise from across the University of Winchester including the Department of Digital Technologies. You will benefit from research informed teaching and an excellent working and learning environment. In Year 1, you are introduced to the key concepts and tools underpinning game design and development. You study Game Design and Development Principles; Team and Project Planning; Game Design and Development Projects, and Team and Project Mapping. In Year 2, you can choose to study Game Design Focus or Game Development Focus, and either Game Design Practice or Game Development Practice. The modules you choose are complemented with Research Case Study and Project Focus courses. In your final year, you can opt for either Negotiated Game Design Placement or Negotiated Development Placement, along with an Enterprise Focus module. Then you can choose a Final Project in either Negotiated Game Design or Development. There is time to work on a Professional Portfolio and to undertake a Major Research Project in an area of special interest.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14700 Year 1
International £14700 Year 1

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Computer Games Design & Development at University of Winchester - UCAS