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Computer Games (Design) BSc (Hons)

Glasgow Caledonian University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

The computer games industry continues to grow as more people play games on their consoles, PCs, tablets and smart phones and on social media sites. The BSc Computer Games programmes aim to produce graduates with the right mix of practical skills and technical knowledge to enter this sector, which currently has a high demand for qualified practitioners. The University has excellent studio facilities including HD Video Production Suite, Art Studio, Digital Audio Recording Studio, Game Design Studio featuring 3D Laser Scanning tools, Motion Capture tools and a Rapid Prototyping machine. There is also a User Experience lab where games can be tested and evaluated. The Design and Software Development degree programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), and students enjoy the benefit of guest lectures by industry experts. Games Design covers Player Centred Design Principles where the player is the focus of the Game Design Process. This approach covers practices taken from Human Computer Interaction (HCI) where students learn various tools and techniques which are applied to all stages of the player centered design lifecycle, such as conceptulisation and evaluation. Students apply this theory by iterating and evaluating physical and digital prototypes around Human behaviour. Students also study Game Narrative, Serious Games Design and Player Psychology. In Years 1, 2 and 3 the student in all Games Programmes will take part in an Integrated Project, this is an opportunity for the students from different disciplines to come together to make games. Often the briefs for the projects have been generated in partnership with Industry, this gives students some 'real world' experience. The design element covers computer arts – specialist media design and creation, and game asset integration. After Year 3, there is an option to complete a one-year, paid work placement.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 12,250per year

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QUALIFICATION TYPE

Scottish HND : Pass

HND in Computer Games Development (with a design-heavy delivery model). HND must include an A in Graded Units. Must include one of the following mathematics units in the HND; Mathematics for Interactive Computing: Essential Techniques, Mathematics: Calculus and Matrices for Computing or Computer Programming: Applied Mathematics (level 7) or Mathematics for Computing 2 (level 8). HND must also include three from the following units (or equivalent): 2D Animation; 3D Level Editing; Games Interface Design; Game Design Theor

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Glasgow Caledonian University

  • University League Table

    77th

  • Campus address

    Glasgow Caledonian University, City Campus, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G4 0BA, Scotland

The Glasgow campus is in the heart of a city known for being welcoming and affordable – voted one of the top 10 best cities in the world (Time Out 2019).
GCU can help international students with their visa application, finding accommodation and with English language, helping them to settle in and feel at home.
GCU believes education is for everyone – with a wide range of generous scholarships to help ensure that courses are accessible for all.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    91st out of 113 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    144 65%

    31st

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%

    101st

    9
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%

    79th

    17

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