Games Design (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS

Course summary

Have alternative qualifications or don't quite meet our entry criteria? No problem. Whether it's Nintendo's Super Mario Bros, Ion Storm's Deus Ex, or Rockstar's GTA V, all successful games throughout each generation are built on good game and level design, story-telling, 2D and 3D modelling and texturing. This is the games design course for you, made to enable you to get ready for a career in the multi-billion pound games industry. Spark your imagination and let that creativity run riot at our dedicated arts campus. Course Overview Turn your ideas into exciting new games. Seventy-five percent of your course is practical – designing, developing and creating new game experiences to create a portfolio for future employers. This games design degree is all about the art and design work related to video games, creating storyboard concepts and turning them into playable prototypes. You’ll gain the skills to compete in this growing industry. Industry-standard 3D and games engine software will help you develop essential skills including drawing, modelling, texturing and using the games engine. Our dedicated arts campus will allow you to mix with other creatives, allowing you to work on joint projects and develop your own network of creative practitioners. On this course you will...

  • Have access to dedicated Games Design labs with industry-standard software, providing a friendly, collegiate, and supportive environment.
  • You learn games specific topics like drawing & concept art, character design, environment design, 3D modelling, texturing, level design, and game theory.
  • Have the opportunity to take a range of trips outside of the lab to gain inspiration and improve creative thinking. In previous years they have included games expo – EGX and Develop: Brighton.
  • Take part in our annual Game Jam that culminates in an award ceremony featuring Industry experts as judges and delivering a keynote lecture.
  • Develop a wide range of transferable digital skills allowing you to take up a number of internships during your studies.
What you will learn 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. On this programme, you will learn to design, develop, and create new and unique gaming experiences. However, this is not a programming course; it is all about the art and design work related to video games. You will learn all about art and design, developing storyboards and concepts which you will later turn into playable prototypes (both 2D and 3D). Year One
  • Media in Context
  • Professional Practice
  • Media Narratives
  • Published Media Products
  • Introduction to Drawing for Gaming
  • Creative Technologies for Game Design
Year Two
  • Cultural Contexts
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Drawing, Visualisation and Concept Art
  • 3D Modelling
  • Gaming For Game Designers
Year Three
  • Understanding the Creative Economy
  • Working in the Creative Economy
  • Concept To Prototype
  • Concept Art & Visualisation 2
  • Texturing
  • Digital Sculpting (Optional)
  • Games Creation - Design to Distribution (Optional)
  • Motion Capture and Animation for Games (Optional)
  • Digital Painting Techniques (Optional)
Year Four
  • Theory and Research Methods in the Arts
  • Dissertation
  • Group Game Project
  • Markets, Audiences & Exhibition
  • Major Project

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.

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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 £13575 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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