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Computer Gameplay Design and Production BSc (Hons)

Staffordshire University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

This course was built with the role of a core games designer or gameplay designer in mind. You’ll focus on scripting in game engines to allow you to take ideas from concept to a playable prototype. Exploring some of the fundamental ideas underpinning modern games, you’ll develop fun, exciting and experimental concepts. Our academics come from a variety of backgrounds, including fine art, games design, interactive media technology, simulation and mathematical modelling. They’ve worked in gaming at all levels and the course leader, Nia Wearn, was listed as one of the UK’s top 100 most influential women in the industry. Our state-of-the-art games design studio is sponsored by Epic Games and we have excellent links to influential organisations in the industry. You’ll have the opportunity to network with these companies and build contacts for your future career. If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to the Unreal Game Engine where you will create single player and multiplayer games. The practical work is underpinned with theory based modules based on games design documentation, small-scale group work, and the fundamentals of gameplay. You’ll also have the option to study the narrative in games, the impact of video game realism, scripting in Unity, or 3D modelling. During your second year, you’ll learn how to script in high-level languages. This allows you to create quests, missions and demonstrate your creative designs in the games engine. You’ll put these skills into practice as a junior member in a collaborative group project. As an individual, you will also create a paper-based game project using gameplay applications. Doing this will increase your understanding of the wide-ranging aspects of gameplay in modern games. In your final year, you could take on a lead role in a game development project. You will also create a final year game, project or research piece for your portfolio to take into industry. Computer Gameplay Design and Production graduates are recruited by both large and small companies, working on a range of platforms and games. We have alumni working in a variety of technical design and production roles for companies such as Auroch Digital Ltd, Rockstar Games, Sony, SEGA and Frontier Developments.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 14,000per year

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

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Staffordshire University

  • University League Table

    75th

  • Campus address

    Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DE, England

The new Catalyst building will be home to future-facing Business degrees. All students have access to industry-standard facilities such as the Smart Zone.
Guaranteed work placement opportunities with national and international employers.
Innovative teaching is delivered by research-active lecturers in friendly and supportive environments.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    54th out of 110 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    124 52%

    67th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88 88%

    31st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.27 85%

    8th

    39

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