In common with all courses at University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Games Design qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.
- Introduction to Games Design (20 credits)
- Concept and Design 1 (40 credits)
- Prototype Development 1 (40 credits)
- Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 credits)
The units in Year 1 aim to:
- Define computer games, their history and the subjective nature of play
- Introduce practical game design theories and how it effects the design of game hooks and features
- Develop an awareness of design documents used to communicate game concepts
- Develop the programming skills needed to implement design documents and build game prototypes
- Concept and Design 2 (40 credits)
- Prototype Development 2 (40 credits)
- Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2 (20 credits)
- Introduction to Professional Practice (20 credits)
The units of Year 2 aim to:
- Explore the importance of characters and game environments to aid immersion and enrich the player experience
- Examine the importance of genres in specifying potential target audiences
- Introduce 3D modelling and how to construct and texture game elements
- Develop your programming skills to control multiple autonomous and dynamic objects.
- Major Project Practical (60 credits)
- Professional Practice (Progression) (20 credits)
- Contextual and Theoretical Studies (40 credits)
The units of Year 3 aim to:
- Build on existing 3D knowledge by introducing rigging, and the preparation and creation of animation and the use within a games engine.
- Introduce the integrated development environment: the use of the content pipeline to import graphical images and 3D models, as well as testing and evaluating concepts.
The final year gives students the opportunity to specialise in an area of games design which they are particularly interested in. It supports the acquisition of specialist knowledge for their Major Project dissertation and aids in the development of specialist skills for the Major Project practical, via personal study and supervision.
Developing your skills
Students develop good practice in research, time management and team working. These are integrated with practical skills such as animation, interactive design, computer programming and 3D modelling.
London is a global city offering an exciting and vast range of career opportunities in the creative and cultural sectors. One of the design capitals of the world, the city is both a source of inspiration and extended site of study. The numerous museums, galleries, theatres, libraries, entertainment and exhibition spaces provide opportunities to explore course content at a practical and immersive level.
Students work in a lively studio atmosphere and benefit from access to a wide range of technical resources and facilities. Learning is through lectures, group seminar work, specialist tutor sessions, one-to-one tutorials, technical demonstrations and workshops.
The course teaching team spans a wide range of skills, expertise and experience embracing technical, conceptual and theoretical approaches to design. Associate Lecturers provide subject specific specialist skills and the course has visits from guest lecturers from industry.
Learning and teaching methods
- Peer review
- Workshops supporting individual and group needs
- Guest lectures
- Self-assessment document
- Reflective diary
The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example, because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.
Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.
In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.
We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, use this register your interest form.