Games Design - BSc (Hons) full-time

Why choose this course?

    Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you.

    • Industry-standard software and high-specification equipment in dedicated games labs

    • Course developed utilising the team's strong links with industry

    • Predominantly practical, lab-based delivery of modules

    • Guest lectures from industry professionals

    • Frequent activities with games companies on new software provides excellent networking opportunities

    • A highly focused course for an exciting, dynamic and ever-growing industry.

    Course overview

    The University of Bolton was one of the first in the country to offer games-based courses and our experience covers games programming, games design and games art. We have over 11 years experience in the delivery of dedicated games courses.

    We have a large number of staff who are passionate about games and dedicated to teaching the subject. Our team includes a balance of academic and industrial experience. Members of the team have worked in AAA studios, have run their own studios, have authored books and are conducting international-facing research.

    About the course

    The programme covers games analysis and games design, platforms and technologies, content production, testing, usability and playability, sales and marketing, and games production. It provides a broad study of games, with an emphasis on innovation, design and creativity rather than the programming and technical aspects.

    The focus is team-based projects, with regular critique sessions with your peers and members of the games team. You will be taught by enthusiastic staff who actually play games! In addition, our staff include industry experts who know exactly what is required for a career in games design.

    Our facilities include dedicated games labs including quad processor PCs installed with current games development environments, state-of-the-art 3D graphics cards, XBOX 360s and Playstation 3s ensuring you have access to the tools you need to create a high quality portfolio of work ready to impress potential employers.

    Our games design course complements our other games programmes and you will benefit from working alongside our more technical and artistic students.

    Special features

    • You will be taught by enthusiastic staff who actually play games! In addition, our teaching staff include industry experts who know exactly what is required for a career in games design.

    • You will benefit greatly from our intensely practical approach to games design. Each week you will develop your abilities in a whole range of techniques. The critique sessions will help you to develop your ideas and your ability to implement them. This will support you in your development of a high quality portfolio of work.

    • The games team have an extensive network of contacts in the games industry. We arrange opportunities for our students to visit development companies, as well as invite industrial experts to give guest lectures on aspects of games development and job opportunities within the industry.

    • We collaborate with games development companies on games testing, and we will will offer you the opportunity to test these upcoming games before they go to market. In some cases, you may even get your name mentioned in the game credits.

    • You will work in well-equipped labs, including modern and vintage consoles.

    Award(s) BSc (Hons)
    CodeG613-D
    Mode of attendanceFull-time
    Duration(s)3 years
    Start date(s) 25/09/2017
    25/09/2017

    Entry requirements From September 2017, 104 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.

    You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and mathematics.

    If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our HND Games Design.
    Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
    Location(s) University of Bolton:
    Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

    Programme Specification

    http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/GAM002-F-UOB-SX

    What you will learn

    When we were developing the games design course, we spent a long time discussing the content with our extensive industry contacts. The key things our contacts asked us to concentrate on were the creation of a portfolio and the ability to clearly communicate.

    This course will develop your ability to clearly articulate an idea from concept through production and on to the final product. We offer practical experience with the tools game designers use in the industry as well as exposing you to games design practices. We will support you as you work individually to create your portfolio and the project elements of the course will help you develop those all important team-working and communication skills. We strongly encourage our students to practice their skills outside of the course in order to enhance their personal portfolios and impress potential employers.

    What you will study

    You will study a broad range of games-related theory and practice. Key topics include content production, games and level design as well as platforms and technologies. You will develop skills in games analysis, usability and playability testing and understand the concepts underpinning games production and the business of computer games (for instance sales and marketing). You will also study the culture and history of games allowing you to understand the emergence of new gaming technologies and look forward to the future of games.

    Level 1

    Introduction to Level Design; Mechanics and Metrics; Sound for Games; Introduction to Games Programming; Scholarship; Introduction to 3D CG.

    Level 2

    Intermediate Games Scripting; Advanced Level Design; Intermediate 3D for Games; Portfolio Project; Games Narratives; Employability and Enterprise.

    Level 3

    Advanced 3D for Games; Advanced Games Scripting; Research methods; Games Design Theory; Major Project (double module.)

    At level 3 you will become a member of a games design project team which will conduct research into an area of games design. Your final year project will be a game which focuses on some advanced aspect of modern games, for example in-game communication, artificial intelligence, sound or a player’s emotional attachment to the characters.

    Careers & professional development

    This course will enable you to work independently, develop your creativity, understand commercial markets, develop your teamwork and communication skills, enable you to develop concepts and respond to briefs, and also develop your project management and problem solving techniques.

    This highly practical course will give you the opportunity to develop a high quality body of work that will serve as evidence of your skills and creativity in games design. The effort you put into generating this portfolio demonstrates your commitment to the course and your future career.

    Our experience shows that students creating high quality portfolios are more likely to gain a high degree award and secure a job in this very competitive industry. Our many graduates who have secured positions as designers have reported that our emphasis on portfolio development definitely helped them secure their first positions.

    Our graduates can initially expect to secure jobs as games designers and animators, level designers or in quality assurance. They are also well placed to take advantage of the increasing number of opportunities in the new media and creative industries.

    Professional recognition

    The course has been developed in consultation with industry professionals to ensure that it meets their expectations and that you will develop skills and knowledge that will be immediately useful to future employers. During the course you will develop a portfolio of work using industry-standard tools. This portfolio will allow you to demonstrate your skills, creative flair and passion for games development.

    Fees, funding and finance information

    Home/EU Fees


     
    Year of study
    Total
    Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
    2016/17 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
    2017/18   £9,000£9,000£9,000 £27,000
    More Home/EU Fee information

    International Fees


     
    Year of study
    Total
    Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
    2016/17 £11,250£11,250£11,250   £33,750
    2017/18   £11,250£11,250£11,250 £33,750
    More International Fee information

    No hidden extras

    We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

    • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

    • All mandatory site visits or field trips

    • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

    • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

    • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

    *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

    Contact Us

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Brian Morris (Games Lecturer)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903063

    For general information about the university and how to apply please contact:

    Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

    http://www.bolton.ac.uk

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Andrew Williams (Programme Leader)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903839

    How to Apply

    You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

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    Course Overview

    Why choose this course?

      Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you.

      • Industry-standard software and high-specification equipment in dedicated games labs

      • Course developed utilising the team's strong links with industry

      • Predominantly practical, lab-based delivery of modules

      • Guest lectures from industry professionals

      • Frequent activities with games companies on new software provides excellent networking opportunities

      • A highly focused course for an exciting, dynamic and ever-growing industry.

      Course overview

      The University of Bolton was one of the first in the country to offer games-based courses and our experience covers games programming, games design and games art. We have over 11 years experience in the delivery of dedicated games courses.

      We have a large number of staff who are passionate about games and dedicated to teaching the subject. Our team includes a balance of academic and industrial experience. Members of the team have worked in AAA studios, have run their own studios, have authored books and are conducting international-facing research.

      About the course

      The programme covers games analysis and games design, platforms and technologies, content production, testing, usability and playability, sales and marketing, and games production. It provides a broad study of games, with an emphasis on innovation, design and creativity rather than the programming and technical aspects.

      The focus is team-based projects, with regular critique sessions with your peers and members of the games team. You will be taught by enthusiastic staff who actually play games! In addition, our staff include industry experts who know exactly what is required for a career in games design.

      Our facilities include dedicated games labs including quad processor PCs installed with current games development environments, state-of-the-art 3D graphics cards, XBOX 360s and Playstation 3s ensuring you have access to the tools you need to create a high quality portfolio of work ready to impress potential employers.

      Our games design course complements our other games programmes and you will benefit from working alongside our more technical and artistic students.

      Special features

      • You will be taught by enthusiastic staff who actually play games! In addition, our teaching staff include industry experts who know exactly what is required for a career in games design.

      • You will benefit greatly from our intensely practical approach to games design. Each week you will develop your abilities in a whole range of techniques. The critique sessions will help you to develop your ideas and your ability to implement them. This will support you in your development of a high quality portfolio of work.

      • The games team have an extensive network of contacts in the games industry. We arrange opportunities for our students to visit development companies, as well as invite industrial experts to give guest lectures on aspects of games development and job opportunities within the industry.

      • We collaborate with games development companies on games testing, and we will will offer you the opportunity to test these upcoming games before they go to market. In some cases, you may even get your name mentioned in the game credits.

      • You will work in well-equipped labs, including modern and vintage consoles.

      Key Information

      Award(s) BSc (Hons)
      CodeG613-D
      Mode of attendanceFull-time
      Duration(s)3 years
      Start date(s) 25/09/2017
      25/09/2017

      Entry requirements From September 2017, 104 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.

      You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and mathematics.

      If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

      If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our HND Games Design.
      Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
      Location(s) University of Bolton:
      Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

      Course Content

      Programme Specification

      http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/GAM002-F-UOB-SX

      What you will learn

      When we were developing the games design course, we spent a long time discussing the content with our extensive industry contacts. The key things our contacts asked us to concentrate on were the creation of a portfolio and the ability to clearly communicate.

      This course will develop your ability to clearly articulate an idea from concept through production and on to the final product. We offer practical experience with the tools game designers use in the industry as well as exposing you to games design practices. We will support you as you work individually to create your portfolio and the project elements of the course will help you develop those all important team-working and communication skills. We strongly encourage our students to practice their skills outside of the course in order to enhance their personal portfolios and impress potential employers.

      What you will study

      You will study a broad range of games-related theory and practice. Key topics include content production, games and level design as well as platforms and technologies. You will develop skills in games analysis, usability and playability testing and understand the concepts underpinning games production and the business of computer games (for instance sales and marketing). You will also study the culture and history of games allowing you to understand the emergence of new gaming technologies and look forward to the future of games.

      Level 1

      Introduction to Level Design; Mechanics and Metrics; Sound for Games; Introduction to Games Programming; Scholarship; Introduction to 3D CG.

      Level 2

      Intermediate Games Scripting; Advanced Level Design; Intermediate 3D for Games; Portfolio Project; Games Narratives; Employability and Enterprise.

      Level 3

      Advanced 3D for Games; Advanced Games Scripting; Research methods; Games Design Theory; Major Project (double module.)

      At level 3 you will become a member of a games design project team which will conduct research into an area of games design. Your final year project will be a game which focuses on some advanced aspect of modern games, for example in-game communication, artificial intelligence, sound or a player’s emotional attachment to the characters.

      Careers

      Careers & professional development

      This course will enable you to work independently, develop your creativity, understand commercial markets, develop your teamwork and communication skills, enable you to develop concepts and respond to briefs, and also develop your project management and problem solving techniques.

      This highly practical course will give you the opportunity to develop a high quality body of work that will serve as evidence of your skills and creativity in games design. The effort you put into generating this portfolio demonstrates your commitment to the course and your future career.

      Our experience shows that students creating high quality portfolios are more likely to gain a high degree award and secure a job in this very competitive industry. Our many graduates who have secured positions as designers have reported that our emphasis on portfolio development definitely helped them secure their first positions.

      Our graduates can initially expect to secure jobs as games designers and animators, level designers or in quality assurance. They are also well placed to take advantage of the increasing number of opportunities in the new media and creative industries.

      Professional recognition

      The course has been developed in consultation with industry professionals to ensure that it meets their expectations and that you will develop skills and knowledge that will be immediately useful to future employers. During the course you will develop a portfolio of work using industry-standard tools. This portfolio will allow you to demonstrate your skills, creative flair and passion for games development.

      Fees & Funding

      Fees, funding and finance information

      Home/EU Fees


       
      Year of study
      Total
      Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
      2016/17 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
      2017/18   £9,000£9,000£9,000 £27,000
      More Home/EU Fee information

      International Fees


       
      Year of study
      Total
      Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
      2016/17 £11,250£11,250£11,250   £33,750
      2017/18   £11,250£11,250£11,250 £33,750
      More International Fee information

      No hidden extras

      We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

      • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

      • All mandatory site visits or field trips

      • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

      • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

      • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

      *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

      Contacts

      Contact Us

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Brian Morris (Games Lecturer)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903063

      For general information about the university and how to apply please contact:

      Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

      http://www.bolton.ac.uk

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Andrew Williams (Programme Leader)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903839

      How to Apply

      How to Apply

      You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.