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University of the West of Scotland

Computer Games Development

UCAS Code: G610

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

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

H3,H3,H3,H4

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

102
91%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

5.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Computer forensics

Combining practical development skills with games design, this programme equips you with industry-relevant skills to build a career as a games developer.

Games developers for the mobile and web games markets must be technically proficient, creative and entrepreneurial. Your skills will be developed in game programming and game engine scripting for multiple platforms and supported by dedicated games studios and interaction with animation artists.

This is a practitioner’s degree that encourages you to publish games and demonstrate your work to employers at our end of year Digital Futures event.

You may undertake a 36-week sandwich placement between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.

Major games studios only employ the most talented and business-aware graduates, which is why we emphasise the need to work on real-world tasks and to create a strong e-portfolio and show-reel.

Our multi-skilled graduates work in various industries including games, animation and social networking.

Course content
Computer games form a significant part of the interactive entertainment industry and a large amount of gaming now takes place on smartphones, tablets, internet sites and social networking spaces. Combining creative games design with practical development skills, this programme equips you with industry-relevant skills to build a career as a games developer.

Games developers for the mobile and web games markets must be technically proficient, creative and entrepreneurial. Your skills will be developed in game programming and game engine scripting for multiple platforms and supported by dedicated games studios and interaction with animation artists. This is a practitioner’s degree that encourages you to publish games and demonstrate your work to employers at our end of year Digital Futures event.

Year 1
You will study the games industry and games development alongside modelling and animation for games. Core skills in programming for games complement use of game engines to develop games.

Year 2
You will deepen your understanding of game programming and development using game engines such as Unity 3D and Unreal as well as producing games for the web. You will also learn about game design and creating and using game assets. By the end of this year you should be producing games for your portfolio.

Year 3
The emphasis is on more advanced techniques in game programming and developing your skills for the games industry. You will undertake a year-long team design and development project, creating a working 3D game for release. You will also explore development of mobile games.

Sandwich Placement (optional)
You may undertake a placement on a full-time basis over a minimum 36 weeks duration, leading to a sandwich award. This can be taken between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4

Year 4 (Honours)
You will undertake an individual project, creating a major portfolio piece to showcase your skills. You will extend your knowledge of level design, the use of games in learning and of advanced web games.

Career prospects
Major games studios only employ the most talented and business-aware graduates, which is why we emphasise the need to work on real-world tasks and to create a strong e-portfolio and show-reel. Our multi-skilled graduates work in various industries including games, animation and social networking.

Placement/Work-based learning
You may undertake a 36-week placement between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.

Professional recognition
The Honours degree is accredited by the British Computer Society*, fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional registration. Honours students must complete a year of postgraduate study if they wish to complete Chartered IT Professional registration. Part-time students must gain their award within six years if they wish accreditation.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

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89%
UK students
11%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
26%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

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£22,500
med
Average annual salary
83%
low
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
13%
Information technology technicians
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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