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Games Design (With Professional Placement)

University of Suffolk
Program overview
3 years full-time, 4.5 to 9 years part-time
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
University of Suffolk

About this program

Games Design (With Professional Placement)

  • You will have access to dedicated game development labs containing high specification, ultrawide workstations, with latest games industry software.
  • Transform your game development projects by getting access to our state of the art Games Research Lab, equipping you with our wide range of virtual reality headsets (e.g. HTC Vive Cosmos, Oculus Rift, Quest 2), EEG and Neuralfeedback kits for measuring and controlling brain activity, Smartsuit Pro mocap suits, Leap Motion & Myo armbands for gesture control, mobile devices such as phones and tablets, 3D Scanners, 3D printers, laser cutters and Cintiq Graphics Tablets.
  • You will work collaboratively with students on the BSc (Hons) Games Programming, and with other year groups on the BA (Hons) Games Design.
  • The academic team and The Ipswich Games Hub will help you apply for Tranzfuser funding to publish your own game. The Miracle Tea team secured £25,000 for their game Ruya, which has since been released on iOS and Android. Other winning teams since then include Monkey Hat Games and Biscuit Sandwich Games.
  • Join an active student game jam community. Notable games include Dreamhopper, winner of the Jamfuser game jam.
  • Our Visiting Professor of Games Design is David Parlett, who is known internationally as a game designer, author, games historian and consultant

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

2022-23 entry; 96 UCAS tariff points (or above), CCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC)

2023-24 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Design Methods 1 (Requisite)
  • Design Methods 2 (Requisite)
  • Introduction to Critical Games Studies (Requisite)
  • Introduction to Game Development (Requisite)
  • Group Project (Requisite)
  • Introduction to Non Digital Game Design (Requisite)

Year 2

  • Advanced Design Methods (Mandatory)
  • Digital Scripting for Games (Mandatory)
  • Games Research Methods (Mandatory)
  • Managing Games Production (Mandatory)
  • Rapid Game Development (Optional)
  • Level Design (Optional)
  • 3D Modelling for Games (Optional)

Year 3

  • Honours Project (Mandatory)
  • Game Development Masterclass (Requisite)
  • Portfolio (Requisite)
  • Professional Practice (Requisite)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Three years full-time. Four and a half to nine years part-time.


  • UK Full-time Tuition Fee: £9,250 p.a
  • UK Part-time Tuition Fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
  • Full-time International Tuition fee: £14,598 p.a

Career paths

Our Ipswich-based students have worked on games such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Killzone Mercenary, Watchdogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands and Star Citizen.

Graduates from the BA (Hons) Games Design degree have been employed by top games studios in the UK and abroad. Graduate destinations include: Ubisoft (Romania), Guerilla Games, Rockstar,Electronic Arts (Romania), Spil Games (Netherlands), Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Splash Damage, Sliding Pixel, The Imaginati, Dreadnought Studios, DGForm (Italy), Imaginarium Studios, War Hungry Games, Firelight Games, Betdigital, Aeria Games (Germany), GmbH, Techland, Hammer Studio (China).

Graduates have been employed in a wide variety of job roles within the games industry, demonstrating the high standard and flexibility of the course content. Positions which our graduates have achieved after graduation include: Level Designer, Lead Game designer, Technical Designer, Assistant Producer, Game Designer, Gameplay programmer, Quest Designer, Game Designer, QA Games Tester, QA Team Lead, Content Designer, Games Master, Product Co-ordinator, Environment Artist, Games Artist, 3D Artist, Assistant Pipeline Director, Indie Developer.

Games design graduates have been employed in technical and design roles by Derivco, Conga, Coderus, Orbital and Media, Betdigital Ltd.

There are regular opportunities for internships linked to your course of study. These are made available through companies in the video games industry and other creative sectors.

You will have access to a free games business startup course delivered by the Ipswich Games Hub. The course will help you understand the requirements for marketing , accounting and legal issues for starting your own games company. In collaboration with the Ipswich Games Hub, the games course team have a proven track record with assisting students applying for funding to publish their own game.

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IP4 1QJ Ipswich Suffolk
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