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Take your creative gaming ideas and turn them into marketable gaming products on this exciting undergraduate degree. You’ll work with experienced academics and industry professionals, designing and developing ideas into finished games preparing you with the skills and knowledge for a fascinating career after graduation. Starting with fundamental design tools, the course focuses on creating and prototyping compelling games that engage players and build game experiences. You'll be learning the production pipeline, and building computer games using state-of-the-art game engines. As part of your learning journey, you will also learn how to build unique game controllers, work in a motion capture studio, explore virtual reality or even build your own independent game development studio. Throughout your studies, you’ll benefit from access to dedicated gaming labs providing all the specialised software you’ll need: Unreal, Unity, Visual Studio, 3D studio max, ZBrush and Substance to name just a few. You’ll also have access to console development kits, a motion capture studio, a mobile devices lab and a range of consumer gaming/VR hardware: all for student use. Bringing a modern game to market requires a broad range of skills and specialisms. Throughout your degree you will learn to collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams, bringing these varied specialisms together to create polished and engaging gaming experiences. The course team maintain excellent links with industry, and these links are often called upon for guest lectures and to be involved in the courses industry advisory board. This board supports the planning of the curriculum, ensuring you are learning the skills most in-demand by industry. Companies previously involved in the board include; Sony Computer Games Europe, Unity Technologies, Sumo Digital, Bitmap Bureau, Stainless Games, and Aardvark Swift. As a graduate from this course, you will be well prepared for a range of roles within game production. This could be working for an established gaming business, a smaller independent studio or your own start-up. The course offers many opportunities to specialise, allowing graduates to progress into a variety of paid work. Suitable positions include gameplay design, level design, UX design, simulation design, VR design, game programming, usability, quality assurance and software testing. There are also a growing number of opportunities outside the computer games industry in areas such as board game design, simulation design and toy design. This course is ideally suited to creative students who want to see their game ideas become working prototypes or even finished published games. Candidates typically come from a range of different academic backgrounds including computing, art, design and media.
YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Introduction to Digital Entertainment Introduction to Game Design and Prototyping Programming Fundamentals Collaborative Games Scripting for Game Engines Media Design YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Gameplay and Game Design Media Creation for Games User Centred Design Digital Game Design and Prototyping Advanced Media Creation Producing Games YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Project Research and Preparation Computer Games Design Project Professional Development YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each year) Experiential Design Futureproof Design Artificial Intelligence for Games Studio Practice
This course is 100% coursework based. This helps ensure that you graduate from the course with a full and varied portfolio of polished game design work.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 112 points||From at least 2 A levels, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD or equivalent qualification. Alternative entry on this course is available through the Foundation Year. We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||M: 45 credits P: 15 credits||60 Credits overall with 45 Merit level credits and 15 at Pass.|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)||MMM|
|Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)||DD|
|Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF)||In combination with other qualifications|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications|
|HNC (BTEC)||P - D|
|HND (BTEC)||P - M|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||MMM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||DD|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications|
• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each individual component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||80 overall with a minimum 19 in each individual component.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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