BA (Hons) Games Design (with integrated foundation year)

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Course code W283

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UCAS

Course code W283

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Would you love to create the video games you play? Well, bring your fascination and creativity to this course and we’ll enable you to develop your skills to turn your ideas into exciting new games.

Right from the off, you’ll be designing, developing and creating new game experiences to create a portfolio that you can hand to future employers.

Our foundation year will help you reach the right level for taking the rest of the degree, building a solid foundation of skills from which to expand upon.

This is not a programming course; it is all about the art and design work related to video games.

So, you’ll learn all about art and design work related to video games making you proficient creating storyboarded concepts and turning them into playable prototypes (both 2D and 3D).

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our aim is to see you graduate as a highly-skilled and technical artist that this growing and competitive industry expects of you.

  • 75% of your studies will be designing, developing and creating practically, so you’ll have every opportunity to create a brimming portfolio of quality and playable games 
  • Use the 3D and games engine software you will use in the professional industry
  • Tutors are active professionals in the gaming industry and you will benefit from their invaluable first-hand experience
  • Study on a dedicated arts campus, mixing with other creative minds, including actors and writers, who you’ll be able to work alongside on projects
  • Learn entrepreneurial skills to enable you to market yourself and work as a freelance games designer
  • Develop a wide-range of essential skills including drawing, 3D modelling, texturing and animation
  • The 3D models that you create can be used in games, films, adverts and TV shows, even in 3D printing and prototyping
  • Develop your own personal iconography
  • Your digital skills will be transferrable to other careers, including film and television
  • Close support from tutors, who will guide you through your studies

You will study at our Institute of the Arts at on our Brampton Road campus - a vibrant environment - where you will live and learn with fellow creative students.

The site overlooks the river Eden in the border city of Carlisle, with Scotland a short distance in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park -  a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. Add to that the spectacular Solway Coast, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you’ll never be stuck for inspiration.

Our course will enable you to be digitally proficient to work with leading design and software companies worldwide – as it has done for former students, who’ve worked on films with Warner Brothers and Pixar and with world-renowned gaming developers.

And, our graduates have been recognised for the high-calibre of their work. They've gone on to be part of the post productions teams involved in making movies including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Happy Feet, Quantum of Solace and the Chronicles of Narnia. Plus, they've scooped Royal Television Society Awards for their creative excellence.

So, let our degree in Games Design help you graduate with a portfolio to be proud of and propel you into this rewarding industry.

Postgraduate Loyalty Award

Progress to postgraduate for free

We’ve waived the fees for many postgraduate courses* for students like you planning to start an undergraduate degree with us to help you extend your education.

Course study options

We also offer this course without an integrated foundation year.

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Graduate destinations

This course can lead to a range of careers, including:

  • Games Designer
  • Art Director
  • Designer
  • Concept Artist
  • Modeller or Animator

Graduates from the previous iteration of the programme were part of the teams that made video games including Fable III, Killzone 2, and Crackdown 2. Graduates were also part of the post productions teams involved in making movies including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Happy Feet, Quantum of Solace and the Chronicles of Narnia.

Peter Roe now works for Pixar and is currently working on The Bear. Ian Wharton now is a creative partner in Zolmo who developed the Jamie Oliver Cooking Application for the iPhone. Michael Malinowski works for Lionhead Studios. Uisdean Ross is at TT Games and spends his time working with Digital Legos.