Why choose this course?
Rated first in Wales for overall satisfaction and teaching, this course is designed to develop strong technical game development and project management skills to enhance your employability.
The team works closely with organisations such as UK Games Fund, Games Wales and BAFTA Cymru to ensure that our students always have access to cutting-edge industry-related training and knowledge. The course is also fully accredited by the British Computing Society.
We are home to the innovative Games Talent Wales programme and a UK regional Tranzfuser hub that is sponsored and supported by the UK Games Fund and UK Games Talent. Our business incubation centre is home to several award-winning student-owned game studios.
With more than a decade of evolution behind it, students on this course will:
- develop the technical skills that underpin games design, programming and the technical game art pipeline
- enjoy the benefits of close industry engagement with regular visits, notable guest speakers, presentations, discussion groups and social events
- gain valuable experience and insight into the game development process and the management of an independent game studio
- benefit from a personal mentor with games development experience to help develop your skills and knowledge
- have access to our in-house business incubation centre and the latest tools and technology in a specialist game development studio
- develop a professional game design portfolio and critical employability skills
- offers the option of an Industrial Placement Year
This course is available to study this course with an Industrial Placement year BSc (Hons) Computer Game Development (with Industrial Placement) UCAS Code: CGIP
You can also choose to study this course with a foundation year BSc (Hons) Computer Game Development (four years including foundation year) UCAS code I620 or as a four-year Integrated Masters MComp Computer Game Development
UCAS code 57KS
Key course features
- Regular contact with games and media industry professionals through guest lectures, seminars and local & national events
- You will be taught by an award-winning teaching team with professional industry backgrounds and experience
- Access to our in-house games business incubation centre
- Learn how to manage a professional game development team using industry-standard methodologies and practice
- The course is an official BAFTA Cymru Games Awards partner and sponsor
- Work with the latest tools and technology in two specialist game development studios dedicated to designing, production, motion capture and VR
- This course is accredited by the British Computing Society
- The optional Industrial Placement Year gives students the opportunity to experience the workplace first-hand and gain valuable employment experience for the future
- *1st in Wales for teaching, (WGU analysis of unpublished NSS data 2019)
- *1st in Wales for overall satisfaction and top 10 in the UK, (WGU analysis of unpublished NSS data 2019)
- The course has an excellent track record for graduate employment with many ex-students going on to work at some of the world's most recognisable game studios
BSc (Hons) Computer Game Development
UCAS Code: G451
The academic requirements for the course are 112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent including a good pass in IT, Computing, Maths or Physics.
How Industrial Placement courses work at Wrexham Glyndwr University
During level 5 (year 2) of the programme, you will attend tutorial sessions about the placement year, including the process of finding a suitable placement, the expectations of your placement year and guidance on producing your proposal. In semester 2 you’ll work with a Placement Coordinator to submit your proposal, which will then be considered and reviewed. If you’re successful during this process, you’ll go on to do your Industrial Placement during your third year and them come back to us for level 6 (year 4 in total).
This course is portfolio focussed and as such, there are no formal exams. Instead, students will focus on developing technical and theoretical skills via practical assignments and research & development activities.
Assessment methods include the production of digital (and non-digital) games, writing technical and academic reports, compiling and analysing production data, giving presentations, writing code, producing 3D models and audio files.
At higher levels of the course, students will also be required to provide statistical evidence of work hours with supporting evidence as part of key assessment outcomes.
Teaching and learning
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work.
Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject-specific and key skills. Independent learning is promoted through the use of digital management tools such as Jira, and through feedback given to students, which takes several forms including small group and one-to-one discussions.
The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
Students completing this course may forge successful careers as game programmers, games technical artists/animators, level designers/developers, producers or scrum masters, app designers/developers.
Our graduates are employed by some of the worlds most recognisable brands such as Ubisoft, Sony, Nintendo, Rockstar and Travellers Tales. We also work hard to support graduates who choose to set up their own games studios based within our innovative business incubation centre.
This course delivers practical skills in programming, 3D modelling, game design and project management which will qualify you to work in a variety of roles within the industry.
Given the technical skills acquired in the course, some graduates opt to pursue careers in many mainstream computing areas such as IT support, programming and technical development, consultancy and internet and e-commerce applications development.