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BA (Hons) Computer Games (Design)

20222023
UCAS Code:
II63
Institution code: S30
UCAS Points:
48
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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For more information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

You’ll cover key subject areas such as game art, game design, animation, CGI, VFX and code, and work on exciting practical projects designed to help you learn key digital design skills. You’ll also be supported to develop key transferable skills in preparation for your degree level studies.

Starting with fundamental design tools, BA (Hons) Computer Games (Design) degree 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 courses 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.

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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?

Solent’s Foundation Year in Digital Arts is intended for students without the required UCAS points for direct entry. This could be mature students returning to education, students without the required qualifications, or students looking to change career path after completing further education qualifications.

What does this course lead to?

This foundation year will help you build the relevant skills and knowledge to enter onto one of our related degree programmes. This can lead to a career in the multi-billion pound games industry in areas such as video game studios and art production, to film and animation studios.

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.

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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