Computer Games Design*

BA (Hons)

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Computer Games Design allows you to apply your skill and creativity within the growing computer games industry and beyond. Through this course we particularly value an entrepreneurial indie attitude and aim to challenge convention and inform the future of gaming.

Rochester is ideally located in the South East of England proximate to 48% of the UK games industry, we’re 45 minutes from London Victoria through which the capital’s indie games and technology start-ups can be accessed.

The computer games industry is growing at a record pace (according to TIGA, The UK video games industry contributed £1.11 billion to the UK economy in 2014, up from £1.01bn in 2013). The number of UK games companies is growing at 22% per annum.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Rochester

UCAS code:

I620

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

R

Course overview:

Students on the BA (Hons) Computer Games Design course will take a cross-disciplinary approach to their chosen specialism by incorporating games technology and design to other related disciplines, including (but not limited to) architecture and interior design, fine art, illustration and/or graphic design. You’ll be part of a creative community with strong external networks, and there will be a strong focus on your own indie development, as you develop a broad range of skills to underpin your chosen specialism. You’ll learn from internationally renowned lecturers, many of whom are currently commissioned in industry on innovative technology/design projects.

The University has excellent facilities dedicated to Computer Games with high-end PCs with games systems and interactivity software (including XNA, Unity and Unreal 3D Editor), CGI Autodesk Entertainment suite (with Maya, 3D Studio Max, Motionbuilder and Mudbox), Adobe Master Collection, ZBrush, Andriod tablet dev kit, Swift for iOS, a sound production studio with Pro Tools, and film and animation facilities. The course also has access to shared resources including 3D workshops, laser-cutting and rapid prototyping, as well as photography and printmaking.

There are fantastic career opportunities for graduates of Computer Games Design, with the option to develop entrepreneurially in fields beyond the creative arts; for example, educational and therapeutic games and games for rehabilitation. Students who wish to partake in industrial placement opportunities can do so locally in Kent, London, or within the South East, with the opportunity to study abroad during their second year with guidance from the university.

Course content - 2017 entry

This year takes you through the fundamental indie game design processes and introduces technical foundations of design and programming as well as planning. Theoretical units give you a critical and conceptual understanding of your discipline.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Practice #1

  • Tools #1

  • Tools #2

  • Moving Image & Culture: Understanding and Interpretation

Year 2 builds on your planning, design and prototyping skills. Approaches to entrepreneurial practice introduced. Theoretical units continue. Study abroad is an option.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Practice #2

  • Tools #3

  • Tools #4

  • The Next Level

  • Study Abroad

    This optional unit will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas educational institution.

Your third year introduces the economics and management of the industry as well as copyright, patents and legal concerns. You will work as part of a team to produce a prototype game. You will write a practice-based dissertation.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Practice #5

  • Dissertation

    You'll undertake a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.

  • Final Major Project

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

Rochester is ideally located in the South East of England proximate to 48% of the UK games industry, we’re 45 minutes from London Victoria through which the capital’s indie games and technology start-ups can be accessed.

  

Career routes are plentiful in the computer games industry, which is growing at a record pace. According to The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA), the UK video games industry contributed £1.11 billion to the UK economy in 2014, up from £1.01 billion in 2013. The number of UK games companies is growing at a rate of 22% per annum – London and the South East comprise 48% of the UK games industry. 

 

You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see 
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance, and who were expected to achieve higher results.

 


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