Year 3 entry only

G.C.U.'s Computer Games programmes aim to produce graduates with the right mix of practical skills and technical knowledge to enter the computer games industry.

We have excellent studio facilities including HD Video Production Suite, Art Studio, Digital Audio Recording Studio, Game Design Studio featuring 3D Laser Scanning tools, Motion Capture tools and a Rapid Prototyping machine. There is a User Experience lab where games can be tested and evaluated and a Virtual Reality lab containing a full-featured Driving Simulator and other VR equipment such as Oculus Rifts. In Years 1, 2 and 3 students in all programmes take part in an Integrated Project, an opportunity for students from the different disciplines to make games together. You'll also enjoy guest lectures by industry experts.

The Indie Development programme aims to produce graduates with the right mix of practical games design and art skills, business skills and technical knowledge to enter this sector, with a mix of modules which suit their current skillset and at the same is time targeted to their graduate profile skillset.

Your career

Graduates have gone on to work at Rockstar, Electronic Arts, Sony and Guerrilla Games.

What you will study

Please note that this programme is for direct entry students and students should refer to modules below when making their undergraduate module choice.

Year 1

Fundamentals of 3D Modelling, Introduction to Games Design, Drawing forDesign, Introduction to Animation, Integrated Project 1, Digital Photography &Image Manipulation, Mathematics for Computer Games, Introduction to Games Programming, Fundamentals of Computing, Fundamentals of 3D Graphics.

Year 2

Games Design 1, Introduction to Games Programming, 3D Modelling and digital sculpting, Introduction to 3D Animation, Human-Computer Interaction, IntegratedProject 2, Game Programming 1, Drawing for Design, Game Content Design, 3D Maths for Simulation & Visualisation, Working with Games Engines.

Year 3

Advanced Character Animation, 3D Production for Industry, GamesPreproduction Workshop, User Psychology, Integrated Project 3, Research Skills &Professional Issues, User Psychology, Serious Games Design, Game Preproduction workshop, Usability Research Methods, Games Programming 2, Game Artificial Intelligence, Graphics Programming.

Year 4

Honours Project, Creative Practice, Advanced 3D Visualisation & Animation, Industrial Practice, Portfolio, Affective Design, Game Narrative, Design for Change, Honours Project, GameSystem Design, Mobile Game Development 1, Game Programming 3, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Game Development 2, Honours Project.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 3

Games Art Pathway

HND 3D Computer Animation with B in the graded unit and successful portfolio submission. In addition, 2D Animation and 3D Animation units are required as part of the HND

Games Design Pathway

HND Computer Games Development with an A in the graded unit and including 2D Animation; 3D Level Editing; Games Customisation and Scripting; Game Design Pitch to Treatment; Game Design Theory; Either Maths for Interactive Computing, Essential Techniques or Maths (Calculus and Matrices for Computing).

Games Software Development Pathway

HND Computer games Development with A in the graded unit and including; User Interface Design; Either Maths for Interactive Computing, Essential Techniques or Maths for Calculus and Matrices for Computing.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to G.C.U. is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • R.U.K.: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for R.U.K. students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and G.C.U. prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Study abroad

Students have the opportunity for International Exchange. This could be for one trimester or a whole year study at another institution, often at one of our European partners, where courses are offered in English. Currently, students taking this option do so at Year 3 and gain credits towards their degree.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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