University of Gloucestershire

Computer Games Design University of Gloucestershire Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.

Our students never tire of finding inspiration here in the beautiful county of Gloucestershire, home to over 45 festivals every year, including 2000trees, Wychwood and the world-famous Cheltenham Literature festival. Many students gain valuable skills and experience working at these events alongside their studies.

Come and experience the University of Gloucestershire for yourself by booking an open day online at www.glos.ac.uk/BookAnOpenDay.

After the course
Your story with us doesn’t end at graduation. We are proud of our record that 95% of University of Gloucestershire graduates are in work or further study six months after completing their course*, and throughout your studies we are committed to working with you to develop your future plan.

*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), 2016/17.

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 enquiries@glos.ac.uk 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 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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code I62A
Institution code G50
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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

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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
A level BBC BBC at A levels or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
Access to HE Diploma Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall including 45 credits at level 3.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we will still consider your application.
Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.


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 and university preparation courses, in partnership with INTO, to help you prepare for undergraduate or postgraduate study. Please see our webpage - http://www.glos.ac.uk/study/international/Pages/into-centre.aspx

English Language requirements

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


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,500 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

Additional costs and fee information can be found at: http://www.glos.ac.uk/life/finance/costs/pages/fees-and-additional-costs.aspx

Provider information

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University of Gloucestershire
The Park
Cheltenham
GL50 2RH


Course contact details

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Enquiries Office

03330 141414