Games Design and Development, BSc Hons

  • Designed for those who wish to pursue a career in computer game development and/or developing gaming content for media organisations
  • Provides strong grounding in computer game development and interactive media - Emphasis is on providing an all-round understanding of gaming and interactive techniques for a variety of platforms and contexts
  • Produce a series of practical projects that require increasingly creative solutions
  • The final year project enables you to develop skills in a key area of games design and development, creating a deep knowledge of a specialist area and taking a project from initiation to completion
  • Develop independent thinking, self-management, research and analytical skills, teamwork, and the ability to communicate confidently.

Overview

Overview

The video games industry is now more lucrative than the film industry, and the UK is right in the thick of it – with companies such as Hello Games and Rockstar North leading the way.

This course will set you up for a future in games design – an industry that sees no signs of slowing. No prior knowledge of graphic design or modelling is necessary, just a passion for gaming and a creative streak.

What will I learn?

You'll learn the technical and creative sides of the games industry – scripting languages such as JavaScript, C# and C++, as well as learning about game theory and design. 

You will experience 3D modelling and the principles of creating, rigging and controlling models in games engines.
Once you have the basics in place, you will develop your games design skills through practical projects that require creative solutions. You will be able to create and market your own computer games.

The final year project enables you to develop your skills in a key area of games design and development creating a deep knowledge of a specialist area and see a product through from initiation to completion.

Why Greenwich?

The Guardian University Guide 2013 ranked Greenwich as No 1 in London for student satisfaction with teaching in computing. Our staff are very experienced and many are internationally renowned researchers who maintain excellent professional contacts within the computing industry. 

Not only is Greenwich a serene and magnificent place to study, it's also close to Canary Wharf and the city – making this an ideal location for work and leisure experience. 

Throughout the programme, there are guest talks given by distinguished speakers from industry - many based in Canary Wharf. We have an excellent community of gamers from a diverse range of backgrounds to challenge in gaming events and work with on Game Jams. We have an active Computer Club which organises fun computer-related field trips and is a great way to make new friends and discuss ideas. 

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society, the professional body for software engineers – the Deputy President of the BCS was a dean at the University of Greenwich.

How will I learn?

Teaching is made primarily of taught courses, based around material provided in lectures – which you will supplement through accessing the vast array of publications in our library. The skills you learn during lectures and self-study will be applied in practical, interactive work-shops.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a combination of formal examination, coursework, presentations, portfolios, peer assessment, logbooks and/or tests. Some assessments will be partially or wholly group-based. The final year project will be assessed as an individual piece of work.

Employability

Past students have been employed in Triple A studios such as Sega, Rare, Konami and Media Molecule as well as smaller indie studios. 

Graduates can pursue varied careers in the entertainment and games industries. In addition, graduates have found positions as Virtual Reality Developers, multimedia specialists, video editors/producers, Quality Assurance testers, 3D/2D animators, web designers, in development roles and many other exciting areas within creative computing environments.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme available for students and provides a grant towards the cost of studying aboard. We have a dedicated placement team who will support students in finding work placements and internships as well as giving students practical advice on writing CVs and preparing for interviews and assessment centres. Students will also have the option of working with other Greenwich students on real world applications for clients as part of our GWizards project.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

 Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points from A-levels, plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English language and mathematics. 

Applications from students taking Access to Higher Education courses are welcome. 

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

 Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

 In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Project work.

Professional recognition

This degree is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). The programme can lead to full exemption from the BCS Certificate, Diploma, Professional Graduate Diploma and PGD Project, as well as partial chartered engineer (CEng) status. The programme also has accreditation from the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Careers

You can choose to pursue a career in the entertainment and games industries. Alternatively, you may find a graduate position with a multimedia specialist, as an audio or video editor or producer, as a 2D or 3D animator, or in a web design or developer role. You can also explore many other exciting areas in the creative computing sector.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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