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Games Development (Design) BA (Hons)

University of Huddersfield

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Computer game designers are needed as the fundamental backbones of computer game development. Creating fun isn’t easy, and a good designer can create entertainment from complex systems whether it’s single-player, multiplayer, competitive or co-operative, designers create memorable gameplay experiences.During the course we cover complex aspects of games design and development, we’ll analyse games to explore why a game is fun and what are the motivations of the player. We provide you with the chance to take a deeper look at the broader understanding of games development and explore what is possible within the medium of games.Our three Games Development courses share a common first year, so you will gain a thorough understanding in the basics of the game development process, including how to plan, design and create game ideas and concepts. Learning to produce design prototypes, concept and artwork, scripting and playtesting all to learn the skills of the entire game production cycle. We’ll also aim to introduce new technologies and developments that emerge in the games industry, as well as exploring the subject in context, exploring current research, issues and ideas. As the course progresses and your understanding evolves you will become more specialised in your chosen area, producing design documentation and prototypes, concepts, artwork or scripting you’ll work both on your own but also in a group setting so we can support you in developing your team working abilities, which reflects the way the industry operates. Developing an understanding of the entire game production cycle leads to a more efficient and industry employable game developer.Our Games Development (Design) explores various design disciplines: * Games analysis * Games design theory and practice * Visual scripting * Games prototyping * Visual design. During your studies, you’ll also have the chance to take part in lots of internal Game Jams. We’ll also encourage you to get involved in externally organised events like the Global Game Jam, Grads in Games and Game Republic. Your course is designed for the real world – it carries the ‘ScreenSkills Tick’, which identifies courses best suited to prepare you for a Creative Industries career. We know you'll graduate aiming to gain a job in the industry, so we maintain active links with business and industry figures. If you’d like to take what you’ve learnt out into the real world, we also give you the opportunity to spend a placement year working in the industry. Our Placement Unit can help you find a position that’s right for you. Alternatively, we have a small number of placements available in our in-house games development studio, Canalside Studios, where you could find yourself working as part of a team developing games for a range of platforms including mobile, iPhone /Android and VR development with latest VR technologies. Previous students have also developed commercial titles as far back as the Xbox 360 to Steam and Nintendo Switch. Finally, if you’re a student from within the UK or the EU, you could even think about starting your own small business while you’re here by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year (EPY). Professional links and accreditation: This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries and carries the ScreenSkills quality-mark for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries. Additional costs: On this course optional field trips may be offered to destinations in the UK, which you would need to pay for if you choose to attend. Previous trips in recent years have included a visit to a regional game arcade for 1 day at a cost of £20.00 per student. Other field tr

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 16,000per 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 Huddersfield

  • University League Table

    53rd

  • Campus address

    University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, Kirklees, HD1 3DH, England

100% of teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy – Huddersfield is the first and only UK university to achieve this.
Huddersfield has a thriving international community of over 2,700 students from nearly 100 different nationalities.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    46th out of 110

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    134 56%

    48th

    9
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    86 86%

    41st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    41st

    6

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