Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Teesside University

Computer Games Programming with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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Summary: This degree includes an integrated foundation year if you do not have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for entry to year one of the degree. It is one of the UK’s leading games programming courses and is well respected by the industry. You have the opportunity to study on this specialist course taught by experienced developers and internationally recognised researchers. Course details: Games programmers build games from the creative vision of designers and artists. Our course gives you the essential industry skills to do this. Games-specific modules take you beyond traditional software development, providing a head start for your future career. Each year culminates in producing a complete game demo, whether as a personal project using middleware, in a team of programmers working to a game design document, or in a multidisciplinary team of students. You will become a talented software engineer, technically skilled and an excellent problem solver with games industry-specific-knowledge and experience. You will have the technical expertise for a variety of careers within the games industry and mainstream computing. The course is structured around the following themes: programming and agile software engineering practices, gaming hardware and platforms (mobile devices and consoles), gameplay programming and user interfaces (multimodal interfaces), artificial intelligence, networked multiplayer games (from social gaming to massively multiplayer games) graphics, animation, physics, and simulation programming. We have established excellent long-term 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: You are ideally suited for employment in the games development industry and similar creative industries. A variety of programming roles exist within these industries such as gameplay programmer, tools programmer, middleware developer, and mobile application programmer. The course gives you a strong foundation in computer programming also allowing for a career in mainstream software development.

Course details

Modules

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

Assessment method

It is essential for you to gain experience in being a programmer. Your modules use a combination of lecture sessions to study the theory, computer lab sessions to put theory into practice with tutor guidance, and controlled studio environments to practice your professional and teamwork skills. The course focuses on the application of the knowledge and skills you acquire. Most of your modules require you to design and develop software to demonstrate your new abilities. Your assignments are set by your tutor and you work on them throughout the academic year whilst receiving valuable feedback to guide your work.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • ScreenSkills
  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 - 80 points

A typical offer is 64-80 tariff points. The entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including: - a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A level) - appropriate training through work.


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 Programming with Foundation Year at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS