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Staffordshire University

Computer Games Design (with a Placement Year) - Digital Institute London

UCAS Code: I733

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Other A Level combinations possible to achieve 112 points.

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points

Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 112 UCAS points.

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points

HNC (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.

HND (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second or third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4 and level 5 (where appropriate). A transcript will be required.

112 tariff points from composite elements of IB

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

Achieve a minimum of 112tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCCCD) are required.

UCAS Tariff

112

We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field. Don't worry if you can't see your specific qualification listed, just contact our team of experts on 01782 294400 or email us at [email protected] for further advice

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Computer games design

Staffordshire University brings a fresh approach to education at its new Digital Institute London. Brand new for September 2019 the Institute is based at Here East, right at the heart of the Olympic Park in London. You will be taught in new open plan learning spaces with the best in new technology and have access to social spaces for industry networking to set you up for the best start.

Here East is home to a variety of communications, broadcasting and technological businesses and the metropolis of central London just a tube ride away, meaning the possibilities for social and professional development are endless.

Our BSc (Hons) Games Design is accredited by the industry games body TIGA, who in 2018 also nominated us for the 'Best Educational Institution' at their Games Industry Awards.

On the course you’ll develop your skills by using industry standard software and hardware such as Adobe Creative Cloud, 3DS Max and the Unreal game engine. Using professional techniques acquired through lectures, tutorials, seminars, and industry workshops, you will develop a portfolio of industry standard work.

In your first year you’ll learn about level development pipelines and games mechanics design and implementation. You’ll cover 3D modelling skills and develop an understanding of 3D games engines.

In your second year, you'll work on a group project as a junior member of a development team. You will specialise as a game designer through modules covering advanced game engines, scripting and UI design.

Your third year will see you become a senior member of the collaborative development team. Finalising your skillset and portfolio through individual projects and games production modules.

Representatives from games companies come to the University for development and training, providing you with excellent opportunities to network with industry professionals and potential employers.

Work placements
If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Games Design.

Modules

Year 1
Introduction to Games Design
Introduction to 3D Games Engines
Introduction to 3D Modelling for Games
Narratology for Games

Year 2
Junior Collaborative Game Development and Testing
3D Games Design and Development
Advanced 3D Games Engines and Scripting
Game Interface Design and Implementation

Year 3
Senior Collaborative Games Development & Testing
Advanced Games Design and Production
Individual Games Technology Portfolio
Individual Games Technology Project

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,000
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Digital Institute London

Department:

Computing and Digital Technologies

TEF rating:
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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.

84%
med
Computer games design

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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

91%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

Computer games and animation

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.

£21,000
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Average annual salary
96%
high
Employed or in further education
62%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

60%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Design occupations
6%
Teaching and educational professionals

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.

Computer science

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

£23k

£23k

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

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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