Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Video Game Design with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Our BA (Hons) Video Game Design with a Foundation Year* undergraduate degree course responds to the growing and innovative sector by developing skilled, team-orientated, reflexive graduates ready to succeed in the field. Interactive Entertainment and Video Games development are key sectors for contemporary culture, economic growth and employment locally in the Midlands, nationally and globally. This three-year course gives you a guaranteed video game development placement in our in-house studio. The work-place simulation approach of our department has been championed by the influential 2009 Livingstone, Hope Next Gen Report which cited us as a national best practice example for developing new talent for the games industry. What's covered in the course? The course focuses on digital media asset production and communication. You will gain a grounding within the industry's design and production principles while developing your creative and teamwork skills. Building upon your design and production skills, in the second year you will be tasked with a specific role within our in-house game development studio over the summer term. This work experience gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and professional practices you've learnt on the course in a safe and supportive environment. Throughout the course you will be provided with a structured programme of learning, in line with your chosen specialism of video game design and production. The course culminates with a project you define yourself which targets a specific subsector of the video games industry. So, by the time you graduates, you'll have tangible games development studio experience under your belt, ready to launch your dream career as a games developer. Why choose us? During the three-year course you’ll work on a number of live projects with major industry partners. You’ll learn a range of skills relevant and appropriate for careers in video game development specialising in design and production within fields such as component game design and project management. You will be well placed to be able to move into employment, or further study. *Subject to approval - the content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market. Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
1144
Institution code:
B25
Campus name:
Parkside Building Campus
Campus code:
C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6overall with no less than 5.5 in any level

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
55%
Student satisfaction
69%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13200 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Video Game Design with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS