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BSc (Hons)Computer Games Technology

3 years
UCAS code:
Institution code: S30
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Southampton City Centre
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Why study a computer games technology degree at Solent University

Specialise in coding for computer games, focussing on programming and software engineering. You will learn from professionals who’ve worked for companies such as Sega, EA and Microsoft.

  • 0th
    in the sector for graduate start-ups (HESA 2022)
  • £0m
    investment in our campus and industry-standard facilities
  • Our dedicated gaming labs provide all the specialised software you will need, including Visual Studio, Github, DirectX, OpenGL, UDK 4.0, Unity, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Maya and ZBrush, 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). 
  • 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. You will have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which contains the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

Alongside programming, you’ll study the areas that build up the problem solving and logic skills you need to succeed, including computational thinking, designing gameplay systems, and maths for games. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to collaborate with students studying games art and design in studio modules that simulate industry practice, and in the Video Games Academy. All this gives you the breadth and depth in all aspects of game development that puts 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 UDK, 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. All these events help you to build vital industry contacts and hone your skills.

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

  • Further studies

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

  • 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

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

Who is this course for?

The Computer Games Technology course is ideally suited to technical students who enjoy logical problem solving and programming.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates go onto a range of roles including; games programmer, engine programmer, graphics programmer, gameplay programmer, build engineer, game tester, tools programmer and technical director.

Developers and technologists are also in high-demand outside of gaming, and this course enables you to develop the skills that can be transferred to a range of industries.

Meet the team

The course is taught by professionals who have worked for Sega, EA, Microsoft, and more.

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.


We have a dedicated open access teaching area with all the specialised software you’ll need, including Visual Studio, GitHub, DirectX, OpenGL, UDK 4.0, Unity, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Maya and ZBrush. We also have a number of console development kits which you will use during your studies.

For mobile game development, we have a dedicated mobile lab with a selection of handheld devices, covering Android, and iOS development. Students also benefit from access to graphic tablets, a motion-capture studio, a user-experience lab, and a range of consumer gaming/VR/AR hardware. 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.

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