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Brunel University London

Games Design

UCAS Code: I620

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in a relevant subject

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

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

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

in a relevant subject

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

DD

in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B

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

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB

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

DDM

in a relevant subject

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-144

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

74%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Computer games design

If you want to design the games you play and be a part of the booming games design industry – this is the course for you.

From the start you will be encouraged to think and work as a games designer and be given the skills to develop your own ideas. You will design and prototype your own games, pitch games and develop skills in digital asset creation, wire-framing, and 3D modelling. You will also learn the core theories, concepts and methods of analysis of games which will help you create games that are based on a rich foundation of knowledge.

The Games Design BA gives you the flexibility to explore what really interests you. In the first year you will study a range of modules including: Introduction to Games Design, Introduction to Games Studies as well as Historical and Business Contexts. This approach is designed to help you decide where your particular interests lie so that you can begin to consider where to specialise in the second and third year.

In the second and third year you have the choice to focus on Design, Art, Technology or Game Studies. Making this choice allows you to begin to specialise in your chosen field of games design and to build your portfolio around your future ambitions whilst you’re still studying. This means you can hit the ground running when you graduate because you will have a clear focus on where you want to work and the kind of role you want to pursue.

By the end of the course you will have a comprehensive portfolio and a range of skills sought after by the games industry in areas such as: game design, game production, game art, game development, game analysis, and game research, as well as giving you transferable skills that are relevant to broader fields.

Brunel’s Games Design BA covers all the skills needed to design, develop and understand games, giving you training that will help you to reach your potential in the games industry.

Modules

Typical modules in year 1: Games Design 1: Introduction to Games Design; Games Studies 1: Introduction to Games Studies; Digital Prototyping 1: Wire-framing; Asset Creation 1: Art Fundamentals, Historical Contexts, Business Contexts, Creative Development. Typical modules in year 2: Games Design 2; Mechanics & Economies; Games Studies 2: Concepts & Analysis; Games Development Asset Creation 2: Advanced Techniques. Options: Select 2 from the following 3D Modelling for Games, Animation, Game Engine, Game Genres, Game User Research & Experience, Setting & World Design, New Hollywood Cinema, Science Fictions.
Typical modules in year 3: Games Studies 3: Further Design; Games Studies 3: Theory of Games Design. Choose one from: Major Project: Commercial Games; Major Project: Experimental Games; Major Project: Game Assets Project; Major Project: Game Based Learning; Major Project: Team Project; Theory Project: Business & Development; Theory Project: Game Analysis; Theory Project: People, Communities, & Cultures; Major Project: Traditional Games. Choose one from: Major Project: Game Analysis Video Essay; Analysis Video Essay; Major Project: Commercial Games; Major Project: Experimental Games; Major Project: Games Assets, Major Project: Games Based Learning. Concept Art Project; Concept Communication; Psychogeography. Visit our website for full course details & modules.

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
£16,850
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.

87%
high
Computer games 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.

Computer games and animation

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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

94%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
C

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.

Computer games and animation

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.

£29,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

58%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Information technology technicians
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a relatively new subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Gaming is a growing industry, and if it continues to grow we should see the rather high unemployment rate coming down over the next few years. Much the most common jobs for graduates who do get work after six months are in programming roles - but as things stand, be aware that jobs in the field are very competitive and personal contacts - either through family, friends or via specialist employment agencies - are a crucial way into the industry so be prepared to talk as well as code!

What about your long term prospects?

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

Computer games 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.

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

£33k

£33k

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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