University of South Wales

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

Computer Games Design

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Course summary

This Computer Games Design degree focuses on the creative and artistic aspects of games production, giving you the practical skills to develop, produce and publish game titles. On this course, you'll learn how to develop your game in such a way that it could form the basis of a start-up games company. On graduation, you'll have a strong portfolio of playable games to present to employers. Based in USW’s Cardiff campus, we pride ourselves on great facilities, enthusiastic staff and providing support so you can realise your creative vision. Our student games designers are talented, entrepreneurial and passionate about gaming. They have had major success at Tranzfuser, Dare to be Digital, Ffresh and Global Game Jam, scooped BAFTA nominations and BAFTA Cymru awards. It's no surprise that our graduates are snapped up by Electronic Arts, Rockstar, Codemasters, Rare, The Chinese Room and many more, while others become leading indie game developers. Studying in Cardiff, you'll have the chance to collaborate with other creative industries students such as actors, writers and musicians. What's more, thanks to all the small games companies in and around the city, Cardiff has been identified as an entrepreneurial hub for games.

Course details

Assessment method

To ensure you have the skills to cope in the industry, we assess you through presentations, group work, development diaries, writing and designing your portfolio, providing feedback as you progress.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
WGF4
Institution code:
W01
Campus name:
Cardiff
Campus code:
B

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/ba-hons-computer-games-design/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and attendance at an interview with successful outcome. Your interview is an opportunity for you to talk about your interests and ideas, and to find out what is so special about Computer Games Design at USW.

Portfolio

We encourage you to bring either a portfolio or examples of your work (digital/physical) to your interview. If your interview is online, a link to your portfolio or work can be sent to [email protected] Your portfolio can include anything you have produced related to games, art, media and coding. Show us your most recent and best work. Be prepared to talk these through with clarity, confidence and enthusiasm. Try to demonstrate a range of design skills - have you made a game or modelled existing games? Drawings, sprites, 3D models, sculptures, websites or anything you feel demonstrates your creative and/or technical ability. It’s fine to include work in progress. The development process of a project is just as important as the final ideas.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
91%
Student satisfaction
69%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
75%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £12600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the University website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. Students from Wales and the EU may be eligible for a means-tested Welsh Government Learning Grant. Please visit the University website for full details.
Computer Games Design at University of South Wales - UCAS