Sheffield College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Sheffield Hallam University

Foundation Degree in Games Development

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Course summary

This course has been specially designed for students who wish to pursue a career within the computer games industry, while also developing skills related to other creative sectors. About the Course We offer industry standard software taught by trained professionals, practical workshops, guest lectures as well as strong industry and higher education links. The course provides excellent enrichment through visits and industry set projects. We have a dedicated, young and passionate team of staff with industry experience who will ensure a supportive environment conducive to learning. We aim to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge that are required of a creative industry that offers exciting and rewarding career prospects in computer games or related areas. The programme will be mainly based around the artistic elements of games design, covering concept art, illustration, storyboarding, level design, digital sculpting, 3D computer modelling, texturing, light, rigging and animation. The course provides and insight into the professional practice of games design through practical demonstration, research and theory-based study. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of sources and subjects that influence their development as well as experiencing a range of teaching methods such as formal lectures, team teaching, practical demonstrations and tutorials that further enhance their learning experience.  Attendance Students will spend 15 hours in class and it is recommended that students spend at least 25 hours per week self-study time if they expect to meet the standards required by an employer or client. Student should expect to spend a minimum of one week on work placement although this is dependent upon the placement that are available and there is no guarantee of placement.  Our facilities include dedicated high end PC/iMac suites installed with current industry standard 2d and 3d software. This includes the Autodesk and Adobe suites as well as games development software such as Gamemaker, UDK and Unity. We also have access to photography studios and state of the art DSLR cameras. You will learn a broad range of skills, from drawing to 3D modelling and animation with the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice.  The course is well structured while remaining flexible, allowing you to focus on an area of preference, and enables you to build a creative and effective portfolio. The course team has an extensive network of contacts in the games and the post production industry. We look to arrange opportunities for our students to visit development companies, as well as inviting industrial experts to give guest lectures and talk about job opportunities within the industry. HND students follow exactly the same syllabus as degree-level students but benefit from additional support and tutorials during their first two years of study with strong links to universities.

Course details


Year One: Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production (Mandatory Core) Research Techniques for Creative Media Production (Mandatory Core) Practical Skills for Computer Games Design (Mandatory Specialist) Computer Games Studies (Mandatory Specialist) Computer Game Design Techniques (Mandatory Specialist) Ideas Generation for Computer Games (Specialist) 2D Digital Graphics for Computer Games (Specialist) 3D Computer Game Engines (Specialist) Year Two: Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (Mandatory Core) Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media Production (Mandatory Core)  Career Development for the Computer Games Industry (Mandatory Specialist) 3D Modelling for Computer Games (Specialist) 3D Animation for Computer Games (Specialist) Production Techniques for Computer Games (Specialist) Human-Computer Interfaces for Computer Games (Specialist) Level Design for Computer Games (Specialist)

Assessment method

Methods include problem-based exercises, independent project work, research dissertations, practical demonstrations of skill, presentations in seminars, team working through collaborative projects. Students receive ongoing verbal and written feedback throughout the duration of a unit/project.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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

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Course codeII50
Institution code S22
Campus nameHillsborough Campus
Campus code1

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points •48 UCAS points •Successful completion of a Level 3 course, preferably in a creative subject area. Level 2 English and Maths preferred or willingness to work towards these. Students should be aware that they may need GCSE Maths & English to progress to top up to honours degree level.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6500 Year 1
Scotland £6500 Year 1
Wales £6500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students will be offered the opportunity to attend residential visits during their two years on the course. Destinations such as Paris, Barcelona and New York have proven popular with previous students and it is intended that we will continue to offer challenging and interesting study destinations. The cost of the visit will depend on the destination and students will be expected to pay approximately one third of the cost as a deposit and the remaining balance in two further instalments. It is desirable for students to have their own PC to help facilitate learning outside of class. Students will also be required to provide their own stationery.
Foundation Degree in Games Development at Sheffield College - UCAS