University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Games Design (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

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Course Overview Would you love to create the video games you play? Well, bring your fascination and creativity to this course and we'll enable you to develop your skills to turn your ideas into exciting new games. Right from the off, you'll be designing, developing and creating new game experiences to create a portfolio that you can hand to future employers. Our foundation year will help you reach the right level for taking the rest of the degree, building a solid foundation of skills from which to expand upon. This is not a programming course; it is all about the art and design work related to video games. So, you'll learn all about art and design work related to video games making you proficient creating story-boarded concepts and turning them into playable prototypes (both 2D and 3D). The Institute of Arts at the University of Cumbria also runs its own Game Jam game design competition every year. In 2019, we had over 30 games and 200 gamers take part in the competition both as groups and individual entries. The aim of this programme is to focus on the artistic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required within the computer gaming industry. You'll develop your own personal iconography and technical skills through a combination of practical work using traditional and online technologies, study of the underpinning principles, work-based and collaborative learning, and authentic work-related assessments with briefs / assignments from industry. The programme provides a well-rounded education in creative application of technology that provides preparation or continuing professional development for a range of career paths including gaming, web design, software development, e-learning and a range of other related industries. Your Career with a Game Design Degree This course can lead to a range of careers, including:

  • Games Designer
  • Art Director
  • Designer
  • Concept Artist
  • 3D Modeller or Animator for Games
Graduates from the previous iteration of the programme were part of the teams that made video games including Grand Theft Auto, Fable III, Killzone 2, and Crackdown 2. Graduates were also part of the post-production teams involved in making movies including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Happy Feet, Quantum of Solace and the Chronicles of Narnia. After leaving the programme Peter Roe went on to work for Pixar and has worked on The Bear. Ian Wharton became creative partner in Zolmo who developed the Jamie Oliver Cooking Application for the iPhone. Michael Malinowski worked for Lionhead Studios. Uisdean Ross went on to become an animator at TT Games and spent his time working with Digital Legos.

Course details


Proposed; Visualisation: Drawing and Concept Art 1 3D Modelling for Games History, Analysis and Sociology of Games 3D Texturing, Lighting and Modeling for Games Concept to Prototype Narrative in Games Sculpture for Character Design Visualisation: Drawing and Concept Art for Games Design Advanced 3D Techniques 3D Games Production Art and Popular Culture Developing For the Mobile Environment Final Project – Games Level Design

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.

Course codeW283
Institution code C99
Campus nameCarlisle - Brampton Road
Campus codeB

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 56 - 72 points
A level CD - DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP - MMP
Access to HE Diploma M: 21 credits P: 24 credits 60 credits, 45 must be graded at Level 3
Scottish Higher DDDD - CCDD

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6000 Year 1
England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
International £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Games Design (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS