What is... Game Design?
The BA in Game Design is a 4-year degree that focuses on the creation and study of games. The course covers the design of games including: mobile, console, PC, board games, card games, serious games and experimental games. Topics include in-depth analysis of games, practical hands-on development experience and theoretical game studies. Along the way students will also learn important skills in programming, digital media creation, problem solving, usability, project management, production and team work. Students will make and release a number of games during the course of this programme, from first year right through to fourth year.
What are my... Career Opportunities?
Graduates from this programme can expect to follow a number of career paths. Many will want to innovate in the games industry, release their own games and setup a studio. Our business modules in 4th year facilitate that. Others will work within the existing games industry as game designers, programmers and testers. As the application of games spreads to areas such as education, business and marketing, graduates could also work in these industries as game designers.
What other options do I have after completion?
Students from this programme can progress to further education either as a researcher undergoing a PhD in game studies or into our very successful MSc in Creative Digital Media where we have a digital games option.
Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts, theories and models pertaining to the study of game design and the manner in which they can be applied to both entertainment and non-entertainment uses. They will have a good understanding of game programming, production, asset design and mechanics. They will have an ability to analyse and determine multiple approaches to game design, mechanics, controls and the context within which they are used. They will employ advanced skills from specialist areas to achieve goals, including the design and implementation of complex game systems, the documentation of the design process as well as testing and deployment of the resulting games. They will have an ability to apply game design techniques to solving real world problems. Students will make and release to the public at least 10 games and design hundreds more throughout the course of the programme from board games to mobile games to desktop games and will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement, community project or international exchange.
- Game Design
- Critical Play
- Game Production
- Game Tools
- Mechanics Design
- Digital Media Tools
- Media Ethics
- Game Programming
- Prototyping Studio
- Game Artificial Intelligence
- Asset Design
- Business of Games
Are there study abroad options?
The School of Media has many Erasmus connections within Europe as well as international opportunities to study abroad. Over the next few years we will be developing more opportunities for student exchanges to compatible games programmes.
School of Media
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