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Course summary

BA (Hons) Games Design (with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year) is a five year degree programme, specifically designed to provide international students with the English language and creative skills before they embark on year one of a degree. Your fourth academic year would then include a year in industry placement. Explore the growing indie games industry and apply your creativity to develop a career in this vibrant, imaginative and fast-evolving sector. Our Games Design course covers the full indie game development pipeline, from planning and concept to publishing. Blending games art, games design and critical thinking with professional skills and project management for the indie sector, this course will prepare graduates to join a team in an independent studio or undertake their own development projects. You’ll be able to focus on your own individual approach to games design as you develop a personal game style and portfolio. You’ll also work within small, agile teams, where each contributor usually performs more than one role, has more creative ownership over the result, and is able to innovate and challenge what has gone before. With access to excellent facilities and high-end technology, plus the support of experienced staff with strong links to the indie gaming industry, you’ll graduate with the skills and tools you need to jump right into your dream career. Related courses

  • BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art (with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year)
  • BA (Hons) Games Animation (with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year)
  • BA (Hons) Games Arts (with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year)
  • BSc (Hons) Games Development (with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year)

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


An audition/portfolio review is not required for this course but we will invite you to an Applicant Day to meet the course team. Alternatively, we can arrange an online meeting with the course team. Details will be provided once we've received your application.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5

We require evidence of your English language ability to meet the requirements for your course. If you're a Home student and studied in the UK, we require GCSE English at a minimum grade C/4 (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). If you’re an EU student and studied a European qualification, we may accept the English Language score from your main qualification - please review your country from the list on our website to see whether we will accept it: If your qualification is not on this list, we accept the following English language qualifications: IELTS (overall score 6.0), TOEFL ibt (overall score 88), PEARSON PTE Academic (overall 55), Cambridge Proficiency Exam (overall score 169), Cambridge Advanced Exam (overall score 169). If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need to take an IELTS test, and achieve an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each element (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing).

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Unistats information

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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
EU £16950* Year 1
International £16950* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £16950* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Undergraduate Tuition Fees for September 2023 are still to be confirmed. Once finalised, details will appear here and on
Games Design (with Integrated International Foundation & Professional Practice Years) at University for the Creative Arts - UCAS