BSc (Hons) Games Design

Leeds Beckett University

Program Description

BSc (Hons) Games Design

Leeds Beckett University

Course details

This course will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge to enter the games, digital and creative entertainment industries. You will focus on three main areas: programming and software engineering; art, concept and asset production; and game design studies, practice and theory.

You will take products from an initial idea through the design, visualization, and technical implementation stages. The course will foster your individual creativity, and placement opportunities, networking events and guest lectures from industry experts will enhance your awareness of the career opportunities open to you.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Course Benefits

Throughout the course, there is a strong focus on work-based learning and increasing your employability. Our placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain valuable time in the industry, allowing you to enhance your skill in developing content based on professional briefs. Previous students have undertaken placements with Team17 Digital, Dubit, Fusion Unlimited, Jagex, and Omerta Game Ltd. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in Europe and internationally.

We host regular guest lectures and video podcasts from industry experts. In the past, these have included Codemasters Team17 Digital and Dan Gray from UsTwoGames. We are also members of Game Republic and every year we take students to the Student Showcase Competition with many winning awards from the industry judges.

Final year students also have the opportunity to showcase their work in front of leading employers at the end of year degree show. Previous years have seen many of our students gain job offers through the showcase opportunities.

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff Points 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements:

GCSEs:

GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

ACCESS TO HE DIPLOMA:

Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.

SCOTTISH AWARDS:

Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.

IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE:

Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate: 24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

MATURE APPLICANTS

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

You will graduate with a range of skills relevant to computing, digital studio production, creative agency markets and micro-business management. You could work in games and digital entertainment, 3D visualization or in the creative marketing sector. Our graduates have found employment with some of the top games companies, including Rockstar Leeds, Sumo Digital, and Team17 Digital, as well as international digital agencies such as Dubit.

  • Games programmer
  • Digital and concept artist/environment artist
  • Game designer
  • Tester

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Modules & Learning

Year 1 core modules

  • Game Design
  • Game Development 1
  • Game Asset Creation 1
  • Game Development 2
  • Concept Art & Visualisation 1
  • Game Asset Creation 2

Year 2 core modules

  • Game Studies
  • Game Development 3
  • Character Animation
  • Environment Modelling
  • Concept Art & Visualisation 2
  • Group Project

Year 3 core modules

  • Advanced 3D Visualisation
  • Game Studio
  • Production Project

Year 3 option modules

  • Advanced 3D Character Design
  • Mobile Gaming
  • Advanced Games Systems & Programming
  • Applied Game Design

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation, and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

International 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation, and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Facilities

Software suites

The software suites will give you access to Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Studio, 3ds Max, Unreal Tournament and the Unreal Engine. We also have eight specialist labs running Windows and Mac OS X and labs running Oracle and Oracle Apex.

Motion capture suite

You will have access to our motion capture suite as well as sensor-based physical computing, virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

Headingley Campus

Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city center.

Library and online resources

Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 17, 2018
Duration
Duration
3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,250 GBP
UK & EU students: £9250. International students: £12000.
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Locations
United Kingdom - Leeds, England
Start date : Sept. 17, 2018
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