University of Gloucestershire

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Games Design

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Course summary

Why Computer Games Design? Our Computer Games Design degree prepares you for a successful career creating computer games for console, desktop and mobile platforms. You’ll develop design and technical skills, covering topics such as graphics, animation, game play and programming. The course benefits from TIGA-affiliation, we are a CompTIA Authorised Academy and PlayStation First member, giving us strong industry links. With opportunities for placements and briefs with organisations such as BCS (the British Computer Society), Rancon and Twistplay, our graduates stand out from the crowd. There are even chances for trips to international games events such as Eurogamer, EGX Rezzed, Comic-Con and Digital Bristol (additional costs may apply, see course web page for details). Previous students have also visited Bulgaria to help inspire and develop games design ideas. You’ll draw on the expertise of lecturers with extensive experience, working for companies such as Codemasters, Rebellion and Sony London. You’ll be able to showcase work to employers at our exhibitions, COMX and GAMEX, and past students have gone on to work for firms like Sky, Illuma Studios and Serious Games Institute. Our students have access to state-of-the-art computing suites and break-out areas, with games consoles and screens in social areas. They take advantage of the latest software such as Adobe CC, Autodesk 3ds Max and CRYENGINE, and industry-standard hardware including Sony and Nintendo dev kits, Playstation VR, drones and motion capture. Why University of Gloucestershire? We’ve been using our expertise to support and inspire students since 1847. Join us and you will benefit from professional-standard facilities in the beautiful, historic surroundings of Cheltenham and Gloucester. With the University of Gloucestershire offering a wide variety of courses, you will have the best of both worlds - a large learning community with more than 80 societies and sports clubs to enjoy while also benefiting from lecturers who know and value you as an individual. Through our innovative Your Future Plan scheme, you will be challenged and supported to become the graduate that you want to be, ready to succeed in your chosen field. Your personal tutor will help you build your network of connections and take advantage of a range of opportunities including field trips and placements, offering invaluable experience outside of the lecture theatre. Study this course at the Institute of Technology, Swindon. The University of Gloucestershire is partnered with the Institute of Technology to run this degree programme at their campus in Swindon. Ideal if you are looking to retrain or specialise in the area of computing and engineering or those that are looking to study within the region, these courses are delivered by experienced academic staff from the University of Gloucestershire in a state-of-the-art environment. Find out more https://www.sawiot.ac.uk/ Come and experience the University of Gloucestershire for yourself by booking an open day online at www.glos.ac.uk/BookAnOpenDay. Experience an open day Take the next step and book yourself a place at a University of Gloucestershire open day at www.glos.ac.uk/BookAnOpenDay. This is your chance to see the university for yourself, get a real insight into what we're about and meet your potential course tutors and lecturers. Our student ambassadors will also be on hand to show you round your campus. Take the opportunity to get up-to-the minute advice and guidance from the people who have been here and experienced University of Gloucestershire life already. To find out more information about this course, visit www.glos.ac.uk/OurCourses, email us on [email protected] or call 03330 14 14 14.

Course details

Modules

In your first year you’ll study the fundamentals of games production, understanding the mechanics of play and developing your own prototype game. This year is about finding your strengths so that you can build on them in your second and third years via optional modules. Your final year requires you to provide solutions for real-world user game-play problems as part of an innovative practical project. For example, you might design alternative game controls such as touch or voice. At the end of this year, you will have the opportunity to showcase your work at our annual COMX show which attracts leading games industry players such as Codemasters and Microsoft Games. If you choose the four-year sandwich option, you could follow in the footsteps of previous students who have completed placements at Rancon, Headstrong Games and Twistplay.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome international students from around the world. Studying in the UK can be a great experience allowing you to meet new people, try new things and experience a new country. Come and join us. Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country: http://www.glos.ac.uk/study/international/in-your-region/pages/in-your-country.aspx

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Grade 4/C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.


English language requirements

International students will need to produce evidence of an acceptable score on an approved English language test such as IELTS. We run pre-sessional English language courses to help you prepare for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

English Language requirements

http://www.glos.ac.uk/docs/download/International/english-Language-entry-requirements.pdf


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
73%
Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
75%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs and fee information can be found at: http://www.glos.ac.uk/life/finance/costs/pages/fees-and-additional-costs.aspx
Computer Games Design at University of Gloucestershire - UCAS