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Computer games design and programming courses

If you love gaming why not turn this passion into a career in the dynamic interactive media industry? Most computer games courses give you the opportunity to gain design, technical and business skills, with modules in computer animation and 3D modelling, game analysis and testing and game production. Some courses focus more on games design and need creative thinkers; others focus on programming and the technical side, and would suit computer literate students with ability in maths.
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Studying computer games design and programming at university

Example course modules

  • Computer systems
  • Digital graphics
  • 3D modelling
  • Drawing concept art for computer games
  • Stop motion animation
  • Multimedia design
  • Developing computer games
  • Object-orientated design for computer games
  • Website production
  • 2D animation production

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What you need to get on a course

Subjects you need

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required

  • Maths

Useful to have

  • Further maths
  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Philosophy
  • ICT

Application checklist

Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.

  • January application
  • October application
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Entry test
  • Work experience
  • Audition

Personal statement advice

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Career prospects

Sources: HECSU & KIS
This is a newly-classified 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 over time we can expect more students to study gaming-related degrees – and there could be new opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.
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