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Game Design MA

Falmouth University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
27 September 2021
Falmouth University

Program description

Game Design MA

We'll cover specialist areas in storytelling and design to reveal new horizons of gaming. With help from ex-industry mentors, you'll gain the tools you need for a career in games and media. Collaborating with other talented game-lovers, you'll bring your own ideas to life in AAA, indie or board games.

You will:

  • Take advantage of our guest speaker series, featuring professionals from across the games industry, from studio heads to level designers, design leads and producers
  • Access industry-standard facilities, including dedicated space in a well-resourced game development studio, with augmented reality and mixed reality technology, a selection of new VR headsets, and 3D printers
  • Become a specialist in game design, working as part of a team to develop your own game

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

We welcome applicants with varied qualifications, but typically you’ll need an undergraduate degree in computing, software engineering, game programming or related fields. You’ll also need experience of computer programming (i.e. presence on GitHub and/or StackExchange, source code excerpts, technical reports, etc). Our typical applicants hold an undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, or equivalent experience.

We’ll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

APL applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.

Language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

International applicants who require a student visa to study in the UK must take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services Team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests

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Program content

Study block one


  • Development Synergies
  • Prototyping for Games

Study block two


  • Group Game Development Project
  • Experimental Game Design

Study block three


Major Project

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2021-22

  • Full-time UK - £8,500 per year (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.)
  • Full-time EU/international - £16,950 (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees.)

Tuition fees 2022-23

  • Full-time UK - £8,950 per year (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.)
  • Full-time EU/international - £17,460 per year (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees.)


What you’ll learn

Pitching and prototyping your ideas, you'll become a specialist in game design and the broader games industry context. And by the second study block you’ll be doing it for real, developing a game in a team and following it up with a major project in the final term. This could be solo, group-based or a research piece.

Continuing studies

Further study opportunities include:

  • MPhil
  • PhD

Career opportunities

Further career/employment opportunities include:

  • Game or Level Designer
  • App Development
  • Product design
  • Software design
  • Design Practice
  • Producer
  • Teaching
  • Research

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Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...

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Falmouth University

Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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