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 will define computer games, their history and the subjective nature of play. You will be introduced to practical game design theories and how it effects the design of game hooks and features.
You will develop an awareness of design documents used to communicate game concepts, and 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)
In year 2 you will explore the importance of characters and game environments to aid immersion and enrich the player experience. You will examine the importance of genres in specifying potential target audiences. You will be introduced to 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)
In your third year you will build on existing 3D knowledge by introducing rigging, and the preparation and creation of animation and the use within a games engine.
You will be introduced to 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.