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Computer Games Technology with Professional Placement Year BSc (Hons)

Birmingham City University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Millennium Point Campus

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Overview

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology is a course that focuses on the technical expertise required to develop computer games. The core modules deep-dive into 2D and 3D graphics rendering, physics, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction required for the development of high-end computer games platforms.

The course will also involve working in small and large multi-disciplinary (creative and technical) teams for the development of computer games.

While studying your computer games degree, you will use our state-of-the-art computer games technology lab, which is kitted with high-performance PCs with dual monitors and cutting edge GPUs, Sony PlayStation and XBOX development kits, as well as a variety of industry standard software.

Our collaborations with Microsoft and Sony, coupled with our state-of-the-art technology will help you develop the skills you need to be successful in the games industry and beyond.

This course aims to develop critical, current, analytical and agile graduates, who:

  • produce computer games in a legal and ethical manner;
  • have a diverse understanding of the key issues that exist in games development;
  • combine the critical faculties that derive from a traditional academic degree with the professional skills and flexibility needed to get the best jobs in the games development industry;
  • can manage their own personal development and lifelong learning;
  • are equipped to be familiar with a variety of contemporary industry tools and agile enough to respond to new technologies and consumer trends.

What's covered in the course?

On the course, you will learn a range of technical and professional skills, including
understanding fundamentals and advanced coding practices, graphics programming, network communications and artificial intelligence. You will work independently and in teams, as well as develop strong written and oral communication skills.

The course philosophy highlights the importance of going beyond your studies – therefore, we encourage you to participate in many extracurricular activities. As we are located in the heart of Birmingham city centre, we are close to many independent game studios, who host events throughout the year.

We also regularly participate in international game development competitions such as Global Game Jam and Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, all of which give you the opportunity to showcase your talent on a wider stage, and network with others in the industry. You will not only learn about mainstream and traditional video game development, but also explore allied and emerging disciplines such as serious and educational game development, augmented and virtual reality, as well as simulations.

You’ll have the opportunity to execute a 30-week work placement in the industry, which you can complete at home or overseas. The experience allows you to place the specialist knowledge and skills acquired on the course in a real world working context. The experience will allow you to create a network of professional contacts, and build your CV, both of which are essential for entering the job market.

Enhancing your employability

Engaging with industry and gaining work experience during your studies is essential if you are going to be taken seriously in the job market. Getting work experience in the games industry can be challenging, so we encourage you to take advantage of as many of the extra-curricular activities available. These may include industry sponsored talks and events, game jams, voluntary work, internships and placements.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 13,200per year

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

Entry requirements

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A level : BBC

Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing at A-level or level 3 equivalentA maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

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Birmingham City University

  • University League Table

    82nd

  • Campus address

    Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 5JU, England

One of only four UK universities offering a Master's in International Human Resource Management which is also fully CIPD-accredited.
ACCA programmes are taught in a Platinum status centre, showing that the university meets ACCA performance targets for course tuition and support.
Many master's courses now offer international students six-month professional placements towards the end of their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    80th out of 113 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    117 53%

    81st

    31
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%

    93rd

    4
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%

    14th

    21

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