Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Teesside University

Computer Games Design

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Course summary

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Summary: This integrated master’s course allows you to follow a cohesive programme of study to postgraduate level, covering advanced topics. You learn to develop compelling games with exciting mechanics and strong gameplay, both as an individual and as part of a team. Course details: While the main focus is on casual games development, the skills taught also apply to roles within the broader games industry. As well as developing core theoretical and practical design skills, you also develop your entrepreneurial abilities to equip you for work as an independent developer in the social, casual and mobile games field. Themes include: game development, game mechanics, game prototyping, and interface and level design. These topics are areas of games development that are identified as being important current topics. Experience in these areas give you an advantage in the jobs market. In addition, the focus on casual games and entrepreneurship ensures you are fit to work for yourself or in a small studio. We have established excellent relationships with businesses giving you the opportunity to apply for summer, year-long and graduate placements with key organisations such as: Microsoft, Rare, Team 17, ZeroLight, R8 Games, Hammerhead VR, Dojo Arcade, Schlumberger, Sumo Digital and Coastsink. Placements are not compulsory but if taken, are assessed and contribute to your final degree award. After the course: This specialist degree offers the skills you need for a career in the games industry and provides generic skills for numerous other career paths. Future employment opportunities include creative director, games designer, scriptwriter, level designer, concept/storyboard artist, interface designer and games tester. Graduates from our games degrees have gone on to work as level designers, junior game designers, mission designers and artists and in a wide range of companies including 3rd Dimensions, Atomic Planet, Bizarre Creations, Blitz Games, Codeworks, Eutechnyx, Halch, Media Molecule, Microsoft Rare, Streamline, Frontier Rebellion, Rockstar North, Sega, Streamline, Traveller's Tales, Ubisoft Reflections, Venom, Virtual Playground, Volatile, Weta Digital and many more.

Course details

Modules

Access course information through Teesside University’s website using the course details link provided.

Assessment method

Each module is delivered through a series of lectures and tutorials. The lecturers provide you with specific theoretical information related to the subject while the tutorials focus on developing your skills. In the later tutorials you work on assessments, and get feedback and advice from tutors. Further support is offered online in the form of extra learning material. In your second year you take part in our unique Journeyman Project, highly praised by industry, in which all games art students work with games designers in a simulated game studio experience, outsourcing various essentials such as assets and animation to specialist teams. You work on games in UDK and Unity to strict milestones in a scenario that is as close to industry practice as possible within an academic environment. Assessment for all modules is in the form of practical projects, which you work on throughout the year. You develop a portfolio of design work throughout the course. In Year 2, the Journeyman Project provides you with essential teamwork skills ready for industry.


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points

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
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Find out more about fees and funding if you are from the UK/EU here: tees.ac.uk/fees, or if you are an international student here: tees.ac.uk/international/fees. If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man contact your education office: gov.uk/student-finance.
Computer Games Design at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS