Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Central Lancashire

Games Design

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Course summary

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Can you see yourself forging a successful career in games design, working on the latest blockbuster from Sony, Warner Brothers or TT Games? That’s what some of our previous graduates have achieved. But to reach those heights, you’ll need to be obsessed with games and the related technologies. You’ll need a passion for building worlds and be fascinated by the way we interact with games. You’ll also have at least one game idea that you’re convinced will change the world. This course will prepare you for a life in games design and along the way, you'll cover every aspect of this fascinating industry. We examine the principles and theory of game design, world building, structure and gameplay, while providing hands on technical skills that will take you through every stage of games design. You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of games - from idea generation and game mechanics, to programming and the use of game engines, such as Unreal Engine.

Course details


HE Level 4 (Year 1): Introduction to Games Design (40 credits), Creative Thinking (40 credits), Design: Culture and Society 1 (20 credits), Introduction to 3D Modelling (20 credits). HE Level 5 (Year 2): 3D Modelling (40 credits), Game Development (40 credits), Design: Culture and Society 2 (20 credits), Games Specialism (20 credits). HE Level 6 (Year 3): Game Proposal (60 credits), Honours Project (60 credits).

Assessment method

We want to do everything we can to prepare you for working within the creative industries, and this is reflected in the way we teach and assess you. The course is mostly coursework based, which means your tutors will be able to give you constant, constructive feedback. Presentation techniques will give you valuable experience of how to present your thoughts and ideas successfully and enthusiastically, so you are better at selling your ideas to prospective employers. The written work is an important part of assessment and will improve your communication skills. A combination of lectures, tutorials, peer reviews, discussions and observations will ensure that you’re industry ready. External trips will present you with a wider range of topics and the opportunity to expand your portfolio, whilst guest speakers will help you to understand the world of games, how it works and how you can make your mark on it.

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

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

Course codeWG24
Institution code F98
Campus nameFutureworks (Manchester Media School)
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We are unable to accept applications from EU & International students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 points
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM

As part of the selection process you may be required to declare any unspent criminal convictions. Please see https://futureworks.ac.uk/how-to-apply/degree-course/making-an-application/ for further details.

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Additional entry requirements


Interviewer - Anna Whitehead (Programme Leader)


Strictly speaking, it isn’t essential to submit a portfolio for review, however, if you do, it might make you stand out from the crowd. We would love to see your work that demonstrates your creative abilities. If you have any drawings, paintings, photography, graphic design or illustration please bring it in. However if you don’t draw or paint, then you can show your creativity in other ways – if you use 3D modelling or digital sculpting software, make game mods or have even made prototype games, we would love to see that work. We do request that you don’t bring in everything that you have done at school or college for the last 2 years, but that you are selective and bring in your favourite and best 10 pieces of work.

English language requirements

GCSE level 4 & above or equivalent

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

We are unable to accept applications from EU & International students.
Games Design at Futureworks - UCAS