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2 years
Full time
Foundation / Pathway program

Program description

Game Design

Love video games and want to learn to make your own? Interested in exploring games production and the varied careers open to you in this growing field?

This course gives you a strong grounding in independent games development over two years, so you can develop an area of specialism and build up a portfolio to show potential employers and backers.

Growing opportunities

As media and computing advances, so do the careers in this sector. The growth is being fuelled by the availability of inexpensive commercial grade development tools, and simple third party digital marketing options. Combined with an increase in demand for a wider variety of games, the opportunities for independent game developers are growing.

All bases covered

This two-year course covers all the main aspects of indie game development, so you’ll learn about everything from game design, and 2D and 3D asset creation, to drawing and programming. You’ll develop game assets from conception through to production, tackle the design issues faced when building games for mobile, and discover how to implement game play through scripts.

As the course progresses, you’ll build on your creative skills and improve your programming ability. As you master new technologies used within artificial intelligence, you’ll implement advanced game design techniques into your games projects.

Focus on an area of specific interest

Interested more in the programming side of games development? Or perhaps your skills lend themselves more to the creative aspect of gaming production? Working on both individual and team based projects, you’ll be given the opportunity to specialise in an area of particular interest.

The portfolio you develop, and industry experience you gain, will put you in a strong position for jobs. You can also choose to top up your qualification to a full degree by doing the final year of a Program such as BA (Hons) Independent Games Production.

Admission requirements

Who is it for?

This degree is for anyone interested in games design, including those from both a creative and technical background.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 40-56. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1 Modules

  • Maths for Games
  • Concept Visualisation 1
  • Programming Concepts
  • Game Design Theory
  • Audio and Special Effects
  • 2D Asset Development
  • Mobile Game Development
  • Practical Game Design

Year 2 Modules

  • Mobile Game Project
  • 3D Asset Development
  • Level Scripting
  • Advanced Game Design
  • Indie Team Project
  • Character Modelling
  • AI for Games
  • Character Animation

Tuition fees

Academic Year 2020-2021 Full-time Fees

  • Home and EU: £9,250 per year
  • International: £12,500 per year

Continuing studies

After successfully completing your foundation degree, you could choose to do a further year and top up your qualification to an appropriate BA (Hons) degree, such as Independent Games Production.

Career opportunities

What are my career prospects

As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well positioned to pursue a career in the growing games and media sectors as an independent games developer, working on your own or as part of a small team. You may go on to work within a larger studio or work freelance as a specialist game designer, artist or Programr.

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About this institute

Buckinghamshire New University

“Shortlisted in the International category of WhatUni Students’ Choice Awards 2019’’ With a rich 125-year history, Buckinghamshire New University offers high quality, employment-focused degree programmes in a wide range of subject areas, from pilot training to business, and nursing and...

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Buckinghamshire New University

Queen Alexandra Road
HP11 2JZ High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom

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