Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Video Game Development

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Course summary

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Interactive entertainment and video games development are key sectors for contemporary culture, economic growth and employment. Our BSc Video Game Development course responds to this growing and innovative sector by developing skilled, team-orientated, reflexive graduate professionals ready to succeed in the sector. On the course you will learn the most important programming languages for game development, as well as industry-standard game development tools such as Unity and Unreal. This accelerated two-year course gives you a guaranteed video game development placement in our in-house studio, taking place over the summer term of the course. The work-place simulation approach of our department (NTI Birmingham) has been championed by the influential 2009 Livingstone, Hope Next Gen Report which cited us as a national best practice example for developing new talent. What's covered in the course? The course covers core programming languages and video game development tools, as well as contemporary agile software development techniques to make you a competent and adaptable programmer, capable of finding employment in the sector or preparing you for further academic study. The course starts with introducing you to computer programming by teaching you the most valuable langue for developing interaction online, JavaScript.. You’ll then be introduced to C# and object-oriented software, and will be given a range of interactive products to develop using both languages. As you move into your second year of study, you’ll concentrate on the most powerful and efficient language for game development - C++. Building upon your core language and software development skills, in the first year you will be tasked with a specific role within our in-house game development studio over the summer term. This work experience gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and professional practices you’ve learnt on the course in a safe and supportive environment. Typically for these projects you’ll be using industry standard game development tools such as Unity and Unreal. Throughout the two years you will be provided with a structured programme of learning, in line with your chosen specialism of video game development. The course culminates with a project you define yourself which uses a specific programming language and technology you have learned on the course. You have the choice of either proposing your own individual project or collaborating with other students to create another video game project for your portfolio. Teaching takes place in a modern production studio based in Birmingham city centre, where you’ll be provided with studio space to complete projects and a laptop with all the software you’ll need for the duration of the course. You will be taught by staff with significant experience in the video game development industry, having worked with major game developers. By the time you graduate, a whole year before most students, you’ll have two years of tangible games development studio experience under your belt, ready to launch your dream career as a games developer.

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
I573
Institution code:
B25
Campus name:
University House
Campus code:
S

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

If your application is progressed, you will be asked to take a brief 20 minute online assessment. You will be given more details about this as your application is progressed.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Video Game Development at Birmingham City University - UCAS