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Computer Games Development BSc (Hons)

University of the West of Scotland

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UCAS CODE: G610

Course options

  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Paisley Campus

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date

    SEP-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Combining practical development skills with games design, this programme equips you with industry-relevant skills to build a career as a games developer.Games developers for the mobile and web games markets must be technically proficient, creative and entrepreneurial. Your skills will be developed in game programming and game engine scripting for multiple platforms and supported by dedicated games studios and interaction with animation artists.This is a practitioner’s degree that encourages you to publish games and demonstrate your work to employers at our end of year Digital Futures event.You may undertake a 36-week sandwich placement between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.Major games studios only employ the most talented and business-aware graduates, which is why we emphasise the need to work on real-world tasks and to create a strong e-portfolio and show-reel.Our multi-skilled graduates work in various industries including games, animation and social networking.Course contentComputer games form a significant part of the interactive entertainment industry and a large amount of gaming now takes place on smartphones, tablets, internet sites and social networking spaces. Combining creative games design with practical development skills, this programme equips you with industry-relevant skills to build a career as a games developer.Games developers for the mobile and web games markets must be technically proficient, creative and entrepreneurial. Your skills will be developed in game programming and game engine scripting for multiple platforms and supported by dedicated games studios and interaction with animation artists. This is a practitioner’s degree that encourages you to publish games and demonstrate your work to employers at our end of year Digital Futures event.Year 1You will study the games industry and games development alongside modelling and animation for games. Core skills in programming for games complement use of game engines to develop games.Year 2You will deepen your understanding of game programming and development using game engines such as Unity 3D and Unreal as well as producing games for the web. You will also learn about game design and creating and using game assets. By the end of this year you should be producing games for your portfolio.Year 3The emphasis is on more advanced techniques in game programming and developing your skills for the games industry. You will undertake a year-long team design and development project, creating a working 3D game for release. You will also explore development of mobile games.Sandwich Placement (optional)You may undertake a placement on a full-time basis over a minimum 36 weeks duration, leading to a sandwich award. This can be taken between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4Year 4 (Honours)You will undertake an individual project, creating a major portfolio piece to showcase your skills. You will extend your knowledge of level design, the use of games in learning and of advanced web games.Career prospectsMajor games studios only employ the most talented and business-aware graduates, which is why we emphasise the need to work on real-world tasks and to create a strong e-portfolio and show-reel. Our multi-skilled graduates work in various industries including games, animation and social networking.Placement/Work-based learningYou may undertake a 36-week placement between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.Professional recognitionThe Honours degree is accredited by the British Computer Society*, fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional registration. Honours students must complete a year of postgraduate study if they wish to complete Chartered IT Professional registration. Part-time students must gain their award within six years if they wish accredi

Application deadline

15 January

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University information

University of the West of Scotland

  • University League Table

    105th

  • Campus address

    University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 2BE, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    68th out of 113 21

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    132 59%

    49th

    25
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    59th

    41
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    23rd

    12

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