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Games Design Bournemouth University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our newly developed BSc (Hons) Games Design degree focuses on the design aspect of creating contemporary video games; exploring everything from the theory behind the creation of successful digital entertainment titles to the generation of dedicated art and content for them.

The course covers level design, interactive storytelling, narrative development, interface design, games analytics, scripting for game creation plus 3D modelling and texturing for games.

To complement the skills and knowledge acquired on the course, those undertaking the four-year course have the opportunity to complete at least 30 weeks in an industry work placement – designed to give you a competitive edge when seeking employment.

We have regular contact with games developers across the UK and overseas, including Jagex, Lionhead, Marmalade, Goodgame Studios and Climax Studios. Students in the Department of Creative Technology are on placement in Luxembourg, Holland, Denmark, Bulgaria and Italy.

Graduates can expect to move into industries including multimedia, technology, digital and entertainment to name a few. Typical starting job roles you can then expect to move into includes as a Games Programmer, Games Developer, Media Designer and more.

90% of our students who study computer games and animation courses say staff are good at explaining things (NSS, 2018).

Course details

Modules

You will study a range of subject areas including: Games Design Principles, Game Modelling, Game Development, Lighting & Texturing, Commercialisation & Business Environments, Storytelling & Narrative Development, Modelling for Animation, 3D modelling, Animation for Games, Usability & Games Analytics, Pervasive Gaming. You will also be able to take an optional work placement.


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)
Access to HE Diploma 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
Scottish Higher 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.
Extended Project Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 31 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points).
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points).
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification as part of the overall tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification as part of the overall tariff.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,100 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

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850.

Provider information

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Poole
BH12 5BB


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