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Computer Game Development (with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)

University of East London

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Docklands Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Course summary

This is your chance to convert your passion for playing games into knowledge about how to create and design them. And this extended course is perfect if you don’t have the standard entry requirements.

We prepare you for your degree during your Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

You’ll get the most out of our course if you come with an interest in all kinds of games – board, card and pen-and-paper - not just digital ones. You’ll be amazed what you can learn from games like Munchkin or Dungeons and Dragons.

We run two games courses at UEL, subtly different but both sharing the same focus on designing games and game play.

“Frankly, there are no other courses similar,” says Senior Lecturer David Dorrington. “We’re not a computing course nor an arts course. We’re about designing experiences of play, designing emotional experiences, allowing students to develop a skill set so they can develop a game from scratch.”

Our course will equip you, like many of our successful graduates, for a role in the expanding games industry.

What you'll learn

Both of our three-year computer games courses share a common core of modules. The Computer Games Development course differs slightly, though, with its emphasis on the application of traditional software development and programming skills to game and gameplay design.

In your first year, you’ll look at the basic theoretical and practical aspects of games design and development. One day you could be deconstructing Asteroids or Pac-Man, the next creating your own board game. You’ll be learning about graphics and prototyping production techniques as well as games theory.

In your second year, you’ll concentrate on more detailed games design as well as studying games research methods. You’ll also get the chance to apply your developing knowledge by working for a live client.

You’ll gain valuable insights into all aspects of professional practice. It’s not just about designing games but about communicating your ideas properly, so you’ll take part in presentations and pitches.

In your final year, you’ll complete an individual research and dissertation project. A group of you will also conceptualise, design and develop an original game to give you a proper feel for how the games industry works.

Career

We believe our courses are ideal preparation for a career in the games industry - and we can point to a couple of BAFTAs to back it up.

After graduating with a computer games degree here, Ashraf Mohammad started working with Rocksteady as a games tester. He has gone on to work on the Batman series of games and was a member of the team who won the 'Best Gameplay' and 'Best Game' BAFTAs for Batman: Arkam Asylum.

He's just one in a long line of UEL graduates who have made a real impact in the industry. For instance, in the last five years, two have featured in Develop Magazine’s list of the industry’s top 30 most promising young talents.

One, Richard Hamer, is now a top designer for Sony Entertainment Europe. The other, Ryan Wiltshire, worked for leading companies and has now set up his own studio. Another graduate, Matt Glanville, is a highly respected designer who’s now working for Just Add Water on Oddworld.

Some students go on to work as designers, programmers, testers and producers in a wide range of companies while others have become games design teachers themselves or launched successful careers in other areas of digital media.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,320per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of East London

  • University League Table

    116th

  • Campus address

    University of East London, Docklands Campus, 4-6 University Way, Newham, E16 2RD, England

One of the few universities in London with waterfront on-campus accommodation. Each student gets their en suite room with sunsets over Canary Wharf
Diversity – 150 different nationalities are represented on the University of East London campus.
Modules designed to give international students a unique competitive edge, with industry placement options to get a truly international experience.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    82nd out of 110 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    106 44%

    93rd

    15
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73 73%

    77th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.28 86%

    6th

    5

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