Goldsmiths, University of London

Games Programming Goldsmiths, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate

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Prepare for a career programming in the games industry, in sectors including mobile games, casual games, social media games, and AAA console game development.

Why study BSc Games Programming at Goldsmiths?

  • From day one you’ll be developing games - mobile, casual, social media and AAA console games. We’ll help you harness your creativity, build your technical programming skills, and get to grips with the software, and working practices, that are used by the games industry.

  • This is a very practical course. You’ll leave us a with an extensive portfolio of work that you can present to potential employers.

  • You'll have the option of taking an industrial placement year between the second and final year, allowing you to gain invaluable work experience that will enhance your career prospects.

  • The skills taught during the course are also applicable to other areas of computing such as mainstream programming jobs, mobile app development or web development, or could lead to Masters level study in games programming.

Please note the BSc Games Programming only accepts applications for first year entry.

Course details

Modules

The games industry is competitive for graduates, and one that involves some of the most technically challenging programming problems.

This degree is a technical computing degree that will equip you with the rigorous programming skills you need to succeed, together with the experience of applying those skills specifically to games development. As well as a technical industry, it's also a creative industry that requires constant innovation and understanding of art and design skills.

Our approach at Goldsmiths emphasises the creative side of programming and how programming relates to the creative aspects of game development. Most importantly of all, from the very beginning, you will be developing games in an environment that mirrors industry working practices as closely as possible. This will give you the experience you need as well as helping you develop a portfolio of work to present to potential employers.

The programme has three main elements: programming, technologies and practice. You will build your technical programming skills, learn about graphics, audio and artificial intelligence and current hot platforms such as Mobile Games, HTML5-based web games and social media games. You will also have many opportunities for practical work, making games using professional games engines and with professional working practices, such as design documentation, testing cycles, issue tracking and version control.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level equivalent, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules.

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level equivalent, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
Scottish Higher BBBBC If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based Higher, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three Higher Level subjects at 655.

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based Higher Level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics equivalent.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2 If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based Higher Level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based Advanced Higher, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level equivalent, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

We encourage applications from those without a formal qualification in these areas who can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
Lewisham
SE14 6NW


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