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BA (Hons)Computer Games (Design)

3 years
2023
UCAS code:
ID60
Institution code: S30
UCAS points:
104-120
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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Want to turn your creative gaming ideas into market-ready products? Work with our industry professionals in specialist facilities to gain the skills and experience you’ll need for your future career.

  • We will prepare you for a career in the computer games industries. Many of our students have gone on to work at AAA studios across the world, including: Rockstar Games, Epic Games, Frontier Developments, Codemasters, Airship Interactive, Sumo Digital, and more.
  • 11th in the sector for graduate start-ups (HESA 2022).
  • Our dedicated gaming labs provide all the specialised software you will need, including Unreal, Unity, Visual Studio, 3D studio max, ZBrush and Substance, to name just a few.
  • We provide opportunities to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities: Video Games Academy, Game Jams, Industry Talks (CGFX), End of Year Grad Show, Freelancing (at Solent Creatives).
  • We have helped train award winning students: Sumo Digital Grads in Games (2018-22), Search for a Star (2021, 2020, 2018), Rising Star (2022, 2019).
  • This course takes a project-based approach to learning enabling you to develop projects with students on other gaming courses at Solent.
  • Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, so you will have free access Adobe Creative Cloud, which contains the full suite of Adobe professional software.

Starting with fundamental design tools, the course focuses on creating and prototyping compelling games that engage players and build game experiences. You'll be learning the production pipeline, and building computer games using state-of-the-art game engines. As part of your learning journey, you will also learn how to build unique game controllers, work in a motion capture studio, explore virtual reality or even build your own independent game development studio.

Throughout your studies, you’ll benefit from access to dedicated gaming labs providing all the specialised software you’ll need: Unreal, Unity, Visual Studio, 3D studio max, ZBrush and Substance to name just a few. You’ll also have access to console development kits, a motion capture studio, a mobile devices lab and a range of consumer gaming/VR hardware: all for student use.

Bringing a modern game to market requires a broad range of skills and specialisms. Throughout your degree you will learn to collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams, bringing these varied specialisms together to create polished and engaging gaming experiences.

The course team maintain excellent links with industry, and these links are often called upon for guest lectures and to be involved in the course's industry advisory board. This board supports the planning of the curriculum, ensuring you are learning the skills most in-demand by industry. Companies previously involved in the board include; Sony Computer Games Europe, Unity Technologies, Sumo Digital, Bitmap Bureau, Stainless Games, and Aardvark Swift.

This video 'Are you Ready?' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

  • 11th

    in the sector for graduate start-ups (HESA 2022)

  • 76%

    of graduates are in highly skilled employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2022)

  • 86%

    overall student satisfaction for academic support (NSS 2022)

Why choose this course?

Course features

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to creative students who want to see their game ideas become working prototypes or even finished published games. Candidates typically come from a range of different academic backgrounds including computing, art, design and media.

What does this course lead to?

As a graduate from this course, you will be well prepared for a range of roles within game production. This could be working for an established gaming business, a smaller independent studio or your own start-up.

The course offers many opportunities to specialise, allowing graduates to progress into a variety of paid work. Suitable positions include gameplay design, level design, UX design, simulation design, VR design, game programming, usability, quality assurance and software testing.

There are also a growing number of opportunities outside the computer games industry in areas such as board game design, simulation design and toy design.

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

All game design students benefit from access to our dedicated gaming labs providing all the specialised software you’ll need: Unreal, Unity, Visual Studio, 3D studio max, ZBrush and Substance to name just a few. You’ll also have access to console development kits, a motion capture studio, a mobile devices lab and a range of consumer gaming/VR hardware: all for student use. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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