Game development demands a huge range of skills to be brought together to produce a publishable game. A flavour of all these skills will be tasted in your first year, enabling you to communicate effectively with development team members. You’ll also specialise in one of six areas that are integral to game development. If you have enrolled for Design, Art and Animation routes you will share some further specialist modules in the first year to ensure you pursue the right route for your interests. You’ll move from 2D to 3D as the course progresses, with project team work at the heart of your learning experience.
Given the diversity of the field, we ask students to select one of six areas to focus on during their studies. This pathway should reflect the area of the game development process that most interests you. You’ll move from small projects to games with more challenging scope as the course progresses, with team-led projects at the heart of the learning experience.
In addition, you’ll have modules appropriate to your specialism. For those enrolled on Animation, Audio and Writing routes, you’ll share specialist modules in the first year with students from those departments to ensure you pursue the right route for your interests. Changing routes is possible throughout the first year.
- BA(Hons) Game Development: Art
- BA(Hons) Game Development: Animation
- BA(Hons) Game Development: Audio
- BA(Hons) Game Development: Design
- BA(Hons) Game Development: Programming
- BA(Hons) Game Development: Writing
BA(Hons) Game Development: Art
Ideally suited to those who have a passion for both art and games, successful applicants to this route will have Art or Game Art qualifications. Visual design lies at the heart of most games from concept to completion. This route will teach you the core abilities required to become a skilled game artist, from concept art to character and environment modelling, both 2D and 3D, using industry-standard packages, processes and pipelines. You’ll graduate with a professional portfolio, developed in concert with a multi-discipline team of other developers so you can show your work in context.
BA(Hons) Game Development: Animation
Animation brings characters and worlds to life, no matter how fantastic they may be. This route focuses on 2D and 3D animation, one of the most sought after skillsets in the gaming industry. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of game animation, which you’ll have worked on closely with other artists, designers, programmers, writers and sound artists, giving you a thorough understanding of the animation pipeline and its place in the broader context of game development. Previous qualifications in art, media and/or ICT provide a good grounding for this route.
BA(Hons) Game Development: Audio
Music and sound effects create the atmosphere necessary for games to become immersive experiences and are often used as a means of feedback on a player’s actions. If you recognise the importance of audio in games and want to make sound environments and scores to electrify players, then this is the route for you. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of audio for a number of completed games on which you have worked closely with a multi-disciplined development team and have first-hand experience of the development pipeline. Previous qualifications in music provide good grounding for this route.
BA(Hons) Game Development: Design
If working out the rules, systems, puzzles and challenges that shape a player’s experience in a game is what you get excited about, then Game Development: Design is for you. You’ll graduate having had extensive experience as a game designer from paper concept to the finished article, with a portfolio of completed games on which you have worked closely with all the other development team disciplines. No specific subject area is required for this route in terms of previous qualifications, but a good, passionate understanding of games and the ability to understand and interpret software is advantageous.
BA(Hons) Game Development: Programming
Digital games are only possible because of the programming skills that turn imagination into reality. This route allows you to learn programming and apply that knowledge to the specific context of making games in a team. If games are your passion and you want to become a games programmer, rather than take a more generic computing degree, then this is the route for you. You’ll learn to program in C# and work with animators, artists, designers, sonic artists and writers to make completed games. Our programming course is designed to be highly accessible, and anyone with the desire to put in the work to learn to code can flourish on it. Certainly, a background in doing some IT, Computing or Maths will prove helpful if you choose this route.
BA(Hons) Game Development: Writing
Back stories, dialogue, quest texts, story arcs – digital games tell powerful stories unlike any other medium and need writers that can forge ahead in this burgeoning area of expertise. If writing for games is your dream job, then this is the route for you. You’ll learn essential creative writing skills, and look into how these transition into the specific context of writing for games . As a game writer you’ll work with a full, multi-disciplined development team to make completed games, but you’ll often be expected to pitch in as a designer or developer beyond the story. Previous qualifications in the area of English provide a good grounding for this route.
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