Games Technology

University for the Creative Arts

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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The computer games industry requires individuals with a high level of practical skills, technical knowledge and experience, and our BSc (Hons) Games Technology degree creates graduates who are steering their careers towards being a Technical Artist, a highly sought-after role in the industry. Founded on the principles of User-Centred Design (UCD) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI), this course can put you at the forefront of new gaming technology as you learn how to consider the user throughout each stage of the game design and development process. You’ll learn how to establish, iterate and refine outcomes through investigative methods, including prototyping and usability testing as well as contextual enquiry and ethnographic study. And, as this course sits alongside the established and highly regarded BA (Hons) Games Arts degree you’ll have plenty of opportunities to collaborate in making game prototypes together and take part in Game Jams with your peers, mirroring idea and team development within the games industry. Facilities at our Farnham campus are first-class, with the very latest Alienware Aurora towers, 4k dual screens, RTX 2080 graphics cards, exploring game concepts using Unity and Unreal games engines. Later, you’ll be able to test your games on the very latest Dev Kits, including those from Sony PlayStation via Sony PlayStation First Academic Development programme. Career routes are plentiful in the computer games industry, which is consistently growing year on year (UKie Annual Review). London and the South East is home to 48% of the UK gaming industry and we have strong links with many of the most successful, including Supermassive Games, EA and Creative Assembly and many other developers. Similar courses that we offer: Games Arts - UCA Farnham Games Design - UCA Rochester Creative Computing - UCA Canterbury

Course details

Modules

Year 1 will take you through fundamental games design processes, the technical foundations of 2D and 3D programming, as well as planning. You’ll share theoretical units with students on the Computer Games Arts course. Year 2 will build upon your planning, design and prototyping skills. You’ll start to specialise in a defined area, and continue to undertake shared units with students on the Computer Games Arts course. Year 3 will introduce you to the economics and management of the industry, as well as copyright, patents and legal concerns. You’ll work as part of a team to produce a prototype game, and you’ll also write a practice-based dissertation.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeG450
Institution code C93
Campus nameFarnham
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information

The majority of our courses require a portfolio and we consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades. This means that whilst we have a standard entry criteria of 112 UCAS tariff points (64 UCAS points for 4 year courses) and a minimum of four GCSE passes (or equivalent) at grade A*-C and/or 4-9 including English, this should be used as a guide to what we accept. The average tariff that our students achieve is significantly higher than this standard entry criteria but we also occasionally make offers which are lower to students with a strong portfolio, and those who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or have completed A-Levels, Extended Diplomas (BTEC and UAL), Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Access to Higher Education, Scottish Highers, and IB Diploma. We will consider other Level 3 qualifications on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. You can also check how many tariff points you have achieved using the UCAS Tariff calculator: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.uca.ac.uk


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5

We require evidence of your English language ability to meet the requirements for your course. If you're a Home student and studied in the UK, we require GCSE English at a minimum grade C/4 (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). If you’re an EU student and studied a European qualification, we may accept the English Language score from your main qualification - please review your country from the list on our website to see whether we will accept it: https://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/equivalent-qualifications/ If your qualification is not on this list, we accept the following English language qualifications: IELTS (overall score 6.0), TOEFL ibt (overall score 88), PEARSON PTE Academic (overall 55), Cambridge Proficiency Exam (overall score 169), Cambridge Advanced Exam (overall score 169). If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need to take an IELTS test, and achieve an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each element (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing).

For more information on English Language Requirements, please visit our website:

https://www.uca.ac.uk/International-study/language-requirements-support/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note the International Fee will reduce to £15,600 if paid in one instalment prior to enrolment.
Games Technology at University for the Creative Arts - UCAS