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Teesside University

Indie Games Development with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: I624

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

Entry requirements


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64-80

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About this course


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Course option

4years

Full-time including foundation year | 2019

Other options

5 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2019

Subject

Computer games

**Summary**: This degree includes an integrated foundation year if you do not have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for entry to year one of the degree. Independent games developers and studios now make up a high percentage of the UK games industry, most producing games that are quick and easy to pick up and play aimed at a wide audience. This indie games development course equips you with the practical, theoretical and business skills needed in order to succeed in this rapidly growing industry.**Course details**: Independent developers require a mix of technical, creative and entrepreneurial skills to design, develop and market their games. This course teaches you to develop compelling games with exciting mechanics and strong gameplay, both as individuals and as part of a team. While the main focus is on the development of smaller independent games, the skills taught are also applicable to design, production and technical roles within large mainstream development studios. Teesside has been at the forefront of computer games education for many years. This course has been designed to support the shift in the UK games industry and to prepare you for the many opportunities this shift presents.We have established excellent long-term relationships with businesses giving you the opportunity to apply for summer, year-long and graduate placements with key organisations such as: Microsoft, Rare, Team 17, ZeroLight, R8 Games, Hammerhead VR, Dojo Arcade, Schlumberger, Sumo Digital and Coastsink. Placements are not compulsory but if taken, are assessed and contribute to your final degree award.**After the course**: This course provides you with a range of technical and design skills, making you the perfect candidate for a career as an independent game developer. Entrepreneurial support from University-based DigitalCity can help you to start your career as an independent developer or small company. Many small studios now take advantage of Kickstarter funding to generate the funds to develop their games. As a graduate of this course, you have the skills to put forward a polished proof of concept to attract funding. As the course provides a range of generic skills in the areas of programming, web design and game design, you are also well suited for careers in the mobile, web and social games sector. And you are suitable for a position within a larger games studio such as a gameplay programmer, game designer or web designer.

Modules

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Assessment methods

Each module is delivered through a structured series of lectures and tutorials. Lectures provide you with specific theoretical information related to the subject, while accompanying tutorials focus on developing practical skills and work on assessments. Tutorial sessions are also used for feedback and advice from tutors. Further support is offered online in the form of extra learning material where necessary.

One of the key features of this industry is the need for job applications to be supported with a portfolio of credible and relevant work. Our learning and teaching approach and assessment strategy acknowledges this need. Throughout the course you are challenged with demonstrating game development skills that are directly related to the topical needs of the job market. We use a range of different assessment types – the majority are coursework – and you have the opportunity to work on projects in a team. The problems you solve, the tools you use and the methods employed are the ones you will use in the workplace.

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

Computing

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computing

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


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Computing

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
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Information technology technicians
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

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

£17k

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£20k

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£22k

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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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