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Computer games at Solent

The computer games industry is growing rapidly – from indie to AAA games, and with roles including everything from games design and character art to software development – so highly skilled professionals are in great demand.

At university you can specialise in your area of strength to either design, plan and code games, or take a more artistic approach in character creation and environment design, or even build game experiences.

You’ll learn in a professional setting, following the production pipeline to build games using state-of-the-art game engines such as Unreal Engine 5.

As part of your learning journey, you could also discover how to build unique game controllers, work in a motion-capture studio, explore virtual reality or even build your own independent game-development studio.

By understanding the fundamentals of creating games for the commercial environment – covering computer graphics, the business of games, employability and project management – you’ll be well prepared for your professional career in the world of indie games or to join an established large corporate company.


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BA (Hons) Computer Games (Art)

Grow your artistic skills for the thriving games industry - using Unreal, Unity and 3D Studio max. Solent graduates have worked on AAA titles for Rockstar Games, Epic Games, Codemasters and more.

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming and Design

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.


We have a dedicated open-access teaching area with all the specialised software and hardware you’ll need.

Software includes including Visual Studio, GitHub, DirectX, OpenGL, UDK 4.0, Unity, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Maya and ZBrush. We also have console development kits which you will use during your studies. Students have access to our dedicated computer games lab with industry-standard hardware and the latest software, including Adobe, Autodesk and Epic’s world-class Unreal Engine toolset.

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