University of Bradford has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Combine the fundamentals of computer science with the latest in games design.
You’ll use industry-standard tools, get practical experience and build a portfolio of work, kick-starting a career in this exciting, fast-growing industry.
The programme gives you the technical principles and know-how you will need to excel as a games designer, and practical development experience using modern games engines such as Unity and Unreal. You’ll study disciplines such as:
*artificial intelligence for games
*game design, programming and development
*mobile application development
The placement year in industry enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence
This programme shares a common first year with all our other Computer Science programmes (Computer Science for Business, Cyber Security and Software Engineering, as well as the standard Computer Science programme), allowing you to transfer before the start of the second year if you feel an alternative course suits your emerging interests or career aspirations better.
We expect accreditation for this course by the British Computer Society for initial CITP (Chartered IT Professional) status.
Year One (all core modules)
Computer Architecture and Systems Software
Fundamentals of Programming
Mathematics for Computing
Software Design & Development
Technical and Professional Skills
Computer Communications and Networks (Core)
Data Structures and Algorithms (Core)
Database Systems (Core)
Enterprise Pro (Core)
Game Design Programming and Development (Core)
Computational Modelling and Artificial Intelligence (Option)
Indie Games: Concept, Design and Development (Option)
AI for Games (Core)
Final Year Project (Core)
Numerical Methods and Computer Graphics (Core)
Concurrent and Distributed Systems (Option)
Mobile Applications (Option)
Motion Capture (Option)
Neural Networks & Fuzzy Systems (Option)
Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||112 UCAS tariff points to include 1 GCE Advanced Level or equivalent and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or equivalent.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||As UCAS tariff|
|Scottish Higher||As UCAS tariff to include at least one Advanced Scottish Higher|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||112 UCAS tariff points and Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English and Maths.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||112 UCAS tariff points to include 5 Higher Level Subjects and Ordinary Level English and Maths at grade O4|
The University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the University.
English language requirements for International and EU applicants:
The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent). However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5. Conditional offers to international students will be made on this basis.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|International||£18,420 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.