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Computer Games Technology (with Placement year)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff Points accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent.)

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Computer games

**Please note this replaces BSc (Hons) Computer Gaming Technology [with Placement year] for September 2021.**

Play, design and build games at our development studio as you create a portfolio to launch your career as a games developer, with our Computer Gaming Technology degree in Cambridge.

With our Computer Gaming Technology course, you’ll be able to turn your love of computer games into a career. Working at our development studio in Cambridge - close to the tech hub of ‘Silicon Fen’ - you’ll be located right at the heart of the computer gaming industry in the UK.

From the very beginning of your studies, you’ll create and develop your own games. Everything you design will build into a valuable portfolio to help you secure your dream job in the gaming industry when you graduate.

ARU is the place to be for studying Computer Gaming Technology. The East of England has 135 active games companies (link: https://gamesmap.uk/), with Cambridge home to developers including Jagex, Frontier Developments and Ninja Theory, who are currently building a new base on Newmarket Road complete with a gaming pub.

Based in Compass House, our gaming and technology hub, you'll enjoy having the latest technology at your fingertips and collaborating with other students on innovative projects.

You’ll get the chance to improve your prospects with live briefs and guest speakers from tech giants like Sony, Jagex and Frontier. There’s even the opportunity to take part in events with industry reps, too.

During your time at ARU, you’ll also have the opportunity to get a head-start in the computer gaming industry and in recent times, ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight have all offered internships and work opportunities to ARU students. There are lots of placement opportunities with an optional placement year to develop your practical experience.

We're also partners with the Global Science & Technology Forum, giving you access to cutting-edge research materials.

**Careers**

81% of the UK computer games industry is educated to at least undergraduate level, rising to 88% for core games production roles in art or programming.

The skills and knowledge you acquire on our Computer Gaming Technology degree course will not only help you land a career in the gaming industry, but will also equip you with core programming skills transferable to the wider I.T. industry or a career in teaching.

Through work-based projects, internships and placements, you will be offered hands-on practical opportunities to develop your professional experience. In recent times, ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight have all offered internships and work opportunities to ARU students.

During your studies, you’ll get the chance to take part in our annual festival, Brains Eden. Co-organised by local gaming network Games Eden, this four-day event includes a 48-hour games jam in which teams of students and major studio reps compete to create a game – the perfect way to raise your profile in the industry.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and continue your computer gaming studies with our MSc Computer Games Development ( Computing). Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Modules

Year 1 Core modules:
Programming for Game Developers
Video Game Design
Video Game Development
Applied Science for Games
Year 1 Optional modules:
C++ for Game Developers
Game Design Theory
Year 2 Core modules:
Collaborative Game Development
Advanced Game Development
Year 2 Optional modules:
Software Engineering for Games
Level Design for Games
Complex Systems in Games
Game UI and UX
Algorithms for Games
World Building for Games
Year Three: Placement module
Year Four core modules:
Final Project for Games
Studio Practice for Games
Professional Portfolio for Games

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. You’ll demonstrate your learning through the games you produce, but there will also be a mix of exams, personal learning plans and projects. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Computing and Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
med
Computer games

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer games and animation

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

60%
Library resources
45%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Games

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
med
Average annual salary
79%
low
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Information technology technicians

This is a relatively new subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Gaming is a growing industry, and if it continues to grow we should see the rather high unemployment rate coming down over the next few years. Much the most common jobs for graduates who do get work after six months are in programming roles - but as things stand, be aware that jobs in the field are very competitive and personal contacts - either through family, friends or via specialist employment agencies - are a crucial way into the industry so be prepared to talk as well as code!

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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