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BSc (Hons) Games Design

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  • UCAS Code:
    G601
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Our newly developed BSc (Hons) Games Design degree focuses on the design aspect of creating contemporary video games; exploring everything from the theory behind the creation of successful digital entertainment titles to the generation of dedicated art and content for them.

Our Games courses have been nominated by TIGA for Best Educational Institution.

Currently being considered for accreditation by The Independent Games Developers’ Association (TIGA), the course covers level design, interactive storytelling, narrative development, interface design, games analytics, scripting for game creation, plus 3D modelling and texturing for games.

The degree follows a curriculum that is intended for specialising exclusively in the art and design aspects of video games creation. However, if you decide you would like to learn more programming skills and knowledge, there is the option of studying a more technical route within this curriculum. By following this technical path you’ll attain some of the creative fundamentals of game design through scripting, by replacing some of the more art-focused units such as modelling, texturing and animation. You’ll receive further information on all these choices and more during your induction.

To complement the skills and knowledge acquired on the course, those undertaking the four-year course have the opportunity to complete at least 30 weeks in an industry work placement – designed to give you a competitive edge when seeking employment.

Find out more about this course with Senior Lecturer Dr Charlie Hargood in the BU Webinar, Undergraduate Degrees in Games.

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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. We have an industrial advisory panel who offer guidance on course content. They regularly host guest talks and Q&A sessions for our students.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 788kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course, providing an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience.

Your optional placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. During this time, you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For Games Design we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a strong interest in games development with particular emphasis on the design aspects of the medium
  • Are looking to develop a career in the games industry
  • Enjoy using technology for the creation of games and game assets.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

The computer games industry is continuing to expand at a rapid rate. This course will help you develop all the skills you need to enter this fast-paced and exciting industry.

We have links with games companies locally, nationally and internationally, allowing you to make contacts before you graduate.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Christos, Fred and Charlie are constantly in touch with the latest commercial developments to ensure the content of our games courses are up to date and reflect the needs of industry professionals.

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes