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Games Design and Development, BSc Hons

This degree in game design and game development provides the creative and technical skills you need for a career in video game design.

This games design and development degree combines all the aspects of theory, practice and technology essential to your career. You'll learn how to script languages such as JavaScript, C# and C++, and get the chance to discover the creative aspects of the games industry through practical projects. Past students have been employed in Triple A studios such as Sega, Rare, Konami and Media Molecule as well as in smaller independent studios.

This course is accredited by The British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for Information Technology. On completion of the course you are entitled to registration as a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP).

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

GG64 G BSc/IMGD

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • You will have the opportunity to specialise in programming or modelling and animation, and build a broad range of skills with a general games design and development degree
  • Through a series of projects, you will gain theoretical knowledge and will have the opportunity to acquire practical experience
  • This course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in computer game development and/or developing gaming content for related applications in serious games or mobile
  • For eight consecutive years the University of Greenwich has been shortlisted by TIGA for Best Educational Institute
  • This course is accredited by The British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for Information Technology. On completion of the course you are entitled to registration as a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP)

What you will study

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About the course team

This degree course employs a range of innovative teaching and learning methods. Lectures and labs/tutorials are dynamic and interactive. You will be taught by an experience team of lecturers, which include senior academics and technical officers, and the majority of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

For entry, you will require:

  • 112 UCAS points, including 3 A-levels at grades BBC or above.
  • GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above. 

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Additional Vocational Certificate of Education
  • Scottish and Irish Highers.

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

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students.

You may be invited for an interview.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to complete coursework, prepare for presentations, and exploration of game technology

You can use our Stockwell Street library and online resources to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies such as:

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of lectures, seminars, independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be approximately equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150-300 study hours respectively. If you receive 72 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 228 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Technology: There are no compulsory costs beyond your tuition fees. However, we may recommend that you purchase a backup device (such as a portable hard drive).

Software: We provide licenses for certain software to use on your own computers, depending on your course. This may include Virtual Desktop access, Tableau Desktop, Microsoft Azure Devtools for Teaching (including Visio, Project, SQL Server, etc). You will also have access to Nvivo, SPSS Modeler and SPSS Amos. Any licenses for software outside of our range will come at your own cost.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to study on 'sandwich mode' which means you can do a one year, full time, paid placement between your second and final year. Whilst on a sandwich placement you retrain your student status and have full support from the University and your tutors as normal. We will support students in securing their own placements.

Former Games and Digital Media students have secured placement years at Disney, Space Ape Games, Nickelodeon, and Warner Brothers

How long is my placement?

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Sandwich placements are normally paid, full time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Career destinations include the independent and mobile games sectors as programmers, modellers and designers, the Augmented, Virtual and Mixed reality developers, UI and UX designers for digital media and games, games content creators and deliverers, backend developers and content managers. 

Recent positions secured by Games Design and Digital Media graduates include Motion Capture Technican at The Imagianarium Studios, Serious Games Developer at Arup, Software Engineer at Bossa Studios, and Creative Product Specialist at Celtra.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience if possible, including internships, and can be paid or unpaid. Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though we will support you through the application process.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible.

The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in the industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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