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? At University of Gloucestershire, we’ve been encouraging students to meet every ambition since 1847. Join us and you’ll benefit from our three UoG promises: 1. UoG Career Promise – if you are not in a job 6 months after graduating, we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support post-graduation should you need it, followed by the offer of a paid internship and lifetime career coaching* (*eligibility conditions apply). 2. UoG Accommodation Promise – we guarantee all first-year students accommodation on, or near, the campus you’re studying at. 3. UoG Connections Promise – whilst at UoG, you’ll find the connections to reach your goals. With over 4,000 placements and more than 60 clubs and societies to join, you’ll make connections for life. Our ambition is boundless. Experienced lecturers promote a real-world ethos and treat our students as more than just a number. Alongside our strong support system, guest speakers, networking events and influential partnerships will help you prepare for life after graduation, whether that be in a successful career in your field or onto further study. Students never tire of finding inspiration here in the unique county of Gloucestershire – innovation and bravery thrive here. Cheltenham and Gloucester offer the best of city and country living, with the rolling hills of the Cotswolds paired with vibrant nightclubs and stunning parks in the bustling town and city centres. After the course Your story doesn’t end with us at graduation. We support our graduates to balance purpose with ambition, and 96% of University of Gloucestershire graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing their course*. *Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2023 and based on 2020/21 leavers. Experience an open day Book yourself a place at a University of Gloucestershire open day at www.glos.ac.uk/BookAnOpenDay. Our open days have been designed to inform you, inspire you, and help you make the right decision about your next step. It’s 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 friendly student ambassadors will also be on hand to show you round your campus. 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.
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
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The following entry points are available for this course:
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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
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.
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