Our BA (Hons) Esports degree is unique as it combines the production side – digital media and broadcasting – with practical experience of business, marketing event management and the theory-based community and cultural studies aspects of the industry. It means you’ll have lots of transferable skills and knowledge, relevant to other careers as well as the esports world. You can choose to specialise in an area you’re interested in as you progress on the course through optional modules and flexible assessments. You’ll be studying at an award-winning games university and will learn how to host small and large-scale tournaments, events and productions for esports and how to adapt for clients external to our sector. The course will teach you how to work across different platforms using industry-standard broadcast technology. You will also get to grips with how to market your events, use data analytics and thrive in roles such as community management, league ops, event management, production/broadcast or marketing. Develop a critical insight into issues facing the multi-million pound global esports industry, including corporate social responsibility, regulation, emerging technologies and the need for innovation to drive growth. Our students get lots of opportunities to organise events, from varsity tournaments to charity fundraisers. They’ve also worked with the Alpine F1 team on their 'Community Cup' Series culminating in the final week being hosted at Alpine's Enstone factory! Every year, we also stage ‘Campus clash’ a friendly competition between year groups. Although gaming skills are not taught on the BA, you’ll get to pursue your passion for playing games through extra-curricular activities. Some of our Esports teams have even been crowned champions. Opportunities include:
- Taking part in UK and international varsity leagues like NUEL and NSE
- Joining competitive societies featuring games such as League of Legends, Call of Duty, Valorant, Overwatch and Super Smash Bros
- Visiting esports events in the UK to network and get inspiration for your own events
You can either go straight onto your main degree programme or start with a foundation year. In the first year of the main course, you will get hands-on with all the kit in our Esports Hub. Including cameras, studio lighting, vision mixers, audio solutions and professional streaming kit to run your own broadcasts. Alongside this you'll learn about what makes esports unique and why the community is so passionate, as well as how to market yourself and your output to those who matter. The second year will involve optional modules to help you move towards what you want to specialise in. And you’ll also plan a major project for an industry client, embedding yourself in pre-production, execution and post-production elements of a live event. The third year will explore the future of esports and critical issues that are holding us back. It’s also when you’ll devote time to your final-year project, which could be a dissertation, production or creative output. We have a strong focus on student research, with projects exploring everything from the impact of publicly listed esports teams through to exploring barriers to entry for minority groups within esports, with the opportunity to present these to industry at GradEx. You’ll be taught by research-active staff. Who bring a wide variety of industry and academic experience, including in esports coaching, broadcasting, marketing, events and business skills.
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