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BSc (Hons)Computer Games Programming and Design

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Why study a computer games programming and design degree at Solent University

Bring your games ideas to life with this industry focused degree, allowing you to specialise in design, development or programming, and get practical studio-style experience on real games projects.

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  • Our dedicated gaming labs provide all the specialised software you will need, including Visual Studio, Github, DirectX, OpenGL, Unreal Engine 5, Unity, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Maya and ZBrush, to name just a few. 
  • The course is designed to allow you to tailor your studies to suit your personal career goals, specialising in programming or design through optional modules, while giving you plenty of opportunities to collaborate with other specialists on real game projects, working in a indie studio-style environment
  • 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 our in-house agency, Solent Creatives). 
  • This course takes a project-based approach to learning enabling you to develop projects with students on other gaming courses at Solent. 

Course overview

Whether you're interested in game design or programming, or still looking to work out where your skills and career will take you, the computer games programming and design degree offers the perfect opportunity to build a broad base of games industry knowledge before specialising in your chosen area.

You'll be able to tailor your studies through optional modules, working on real games projects alongside other students with a diverse array of skills, building your teamwork and pipeline experience in studio scenarios designed to emulate a real indie studio environment.

Programming options will build the problem solving and logic skills you need to succeed, including computational thinking, designing gameplay systems, and maths for games. On the design end, you'll learn fundamental design tools, and explore how to create and prototype compelling games that engage players and build game experiences.

You'll learn the production pipeline, and how to use state-of-the-art game engines as part of a collaborative team. Artists, developers, project managers, programmers - through studio modules that simulate industry practice, and in our Video Games Academy, you'll build professional connections and friendships alongside a fantastic grasp of all aspects of game development – putting you in the best possible position to start your career in this growing industry after graduation.

Throughout your studies you will learn in our industry grade computing labs, enabling you to learn the tools and techniques of professional game developers. These labs offer all the specialist software you’ll need, including: Visual Studio, Unreal Engine 5, Unity, DirectX, Vulkan, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max and more. You’ll also have access to motion capture, VR/AR and console development systems – all the resources you need.

You’ll be taught by highly experienced academics with vast experience of the gaming industry, and excellent industry links. These close links enable you to benefit from a range of guest lectures throughout your studies and gain valuable critiques and guidance. Recent speakers have included representatives from Stainless Games, Unity and Aardvark Swift.

Special events are a valuable part of the student experience. There are opportunities to attend conferences, guest lectures, even occasional trips to industry venues. We encourage participation in game jams and host a few every year. We're also partnered with Grads in Games. As part of this collaboration, students are invited to attend monthly webinars tailored to your chosen field and focusing on discipline-specific insights and recruitment strategies. Students are also invited to participate in their industry-recognised game development challenges - Search for a Star and Rising Star - with previous students being finalists. All these events help you to build vital industry contacts and hone your skills.

Any questions?

Contact UK admissions

Email: 023 8201 5066

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Email: +44 (0)23 8201 5066

Student work

Our creative degrees allow our students to develop a critical eye for design with a knowledge of different design approaches and problem solving techniques. Take a look at some of the great work they produce.

Course features

  • Foundation year available

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

  • Placement year

    If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years

  • Further studies

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

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course for?

The computer games programming and design course is perfect for anyone looking to get into the games industry, whether you're interested in development or design.

What does this course lead to?

For those more interested in programming, jobs could include:

  • Gameplay programmers
  • AI programmers
  • User interface programmers
  • Physics programmers
  • Graphics programmers
  • Animation programmers
  • Network programmers
  • Engine/Tools programmers
  • Unity/Unreal Engine developers

Many programming skills are also transferrable in industries outside games:

  • Software engineers
  • Information systems professionals
  • Web developers
  • Computer scientists
  • Mobile developers
  • XR/AR/VR developers

While for those with more of a design focus, possible jobs include:

  • Level designers
  • User experience designers
  • Games user researchers (GUR experts)
  • UI designers
  • Narrative designers
  • Game writers
  • Gameplay designers

Regardless of the course experience, students who favour either discipline can enjoy potential future careers as:

  • Indie game developers
  • Producers
  • Technical trainers
  • Teaching professionals/academics
  • Researchers

Solent stories

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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.


All computer games 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.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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