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Brunel University London

Games Design and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: WW28

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3 and grade B in A level English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

including grade M2 in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above are required to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including Higher Level 5 in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

including H3 in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in any subject and A level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

in any subject, with an A level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

in any subject and A level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in any subject, with an A-level grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

including grade B in English/English Literature/English Language & Literature (combined)/Creative Writing. Applicants without A Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

64%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Creative writing

Interactive and electronic design

This course will help you to develop your creative writing skills and focus on how they relate to games design and game play. You’ll learn about the application of traditional story and narrative design and how it applies to games design and gameplay.

Your learning will come through lectures, workshops, seminars, play sessions and tutorials. You’ll also use the online forum to discuss, share and develop your knowledge. You’ll gain confidence in sharing your ideas, giving and receiving feedback and working individually as well as in a multi-disciplinary team.

The teaching team are experts in nurturing games talent and you will benefit from their insight into the industry. You will be introduced to ideas at the forefront of the discipline as well as sharing their knowledge and understanding of professional practice. This will help to keep you up-to-date with industry developments and show you how the skills you learn on this course are applicable to the world of work.

Of course the best teachers of writing are writers and Creative Writing at Brunel is taught by successful, published writers, many of whom have international reputations. You will draw on their experience across a range of genres and you will have the opportunity to study Creative Writing to a high level. You will develop your knowledge, understanding, and analytical and creative skills through the analysis, interpretation and creation of literary texts.

All games students will have 24-hour access to the games lab, where high spec PCs are available for you to work on and play games. You will also use the Design room, where an impressive collection of board games is available for you to learn and understand the principles of games design. This room also serves as a wonderful, collaborative space where you can play and generate ideas, work, relax and have fun.

You’ll finish this course with a skillset that will allow you to develop a game from scratch and be ready to work and thrive in the games industry.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

Modules

Year 1
Games Design 1: Intro to Games Design
Games Studies 1: Intro to Games Studies
Digital Prototyping 1: Wire-framing
Business Contexts
Intro to Writing Fiction
Intro to Writing Drama
Intro to Writing Poetry

Year 2
Core Modules
Games Design 2: Mechanics & Economies
Games Studies 2: Concepts & Analysis

Optional Modules
Games Development
Game Genres
Game User Research & Experience
Setting and World Design
Writing Contemporary Poetry
Writing Journalism
Writing the Short Story
Screenwriting
Horror,Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes
Life Writing

Year 3
Core Modules
Games Studies 3: Theory of Games Design
Choose one from:
Major Project: Commercial Games
Major Project: Experimental Games
Major Project: Game Assets
Major Project: Game Based Learning
Major Project: Team Project
Theory Project: Business & Development
Theory Project: Design
Theory Project: Game Analysis
Theory Project: People, Communities, & Cultures
Major Project: Traditional Games
Creative Writing Special Project

Optional Modules
Psychogeography
The Creative Industries
Writing Film and Television
Writing Modern Fiction
Writing Comedy
Performance Poetry

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,355
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Arts and Humanities

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
high
Creative writing
73%
med
Interactive and electronic design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Design studies

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Secretarial and related occupations
8%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

60%
Design occupations
10%
Engineering professionals
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative writing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Interactive and electronic design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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