Teesside University Games Design

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Teesside University Games Design

BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

UCAS code: G470 BA/CGD

UCAS code: GWL2 BA/CGDFY for Year 0 entry
Ever played a terrible game and thought you could design something better? Or been so gripped by one that you wish you had come up with the idea? Then think about a course in computer games design.

Note: this course is for Year 0 and Year 1 entry only in 2017. We currently operate a different structure for entry to Year 2 and final year. Please contact scm-enquiries@tees.ac.uk for more information.

The games designer makes great ideas become real, designing the rules and structure of a game. It involves working with many different people, understanding the roles of specialists who need to work together to create games. You develop 2D and 3D design skills alongside an appreciation of game mechanics and its relationship to game play, including conceptual, story, character, level and visual design. You also study game engines and industry technologies and compare their capabilities.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules
  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • Foundation Project
  • Modelling Principles
  • Narrative Principles
  • Problem Solving Principles
  • Visual Scripting Principles
Year 1 core modules
  • Game Asset Creation
  • Game Design and Mechanics
  • Game Production and Project Management
  • Game Prototyping
  • Game Studies
  • Non-digital Game Development
Year 2 core modules
  • Game Development
  • Game Interface Design
  • Journeyman
  • Mission Design
  • Platforms and Peripherals
Final-year core modules
  • Beta Arcade
  • Contemporary Studies in Games
  • Games Design Project
  • Games Writing

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 96-112 tariff points including at least two A levels (or equivalent), or 64-80 for entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year). You’re required to attend an interview.

If you’re applying for entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year) please use UCAS code GWL2 BA/CGDFY.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Course information


  • Length: 3 years (or 4 years including a work placement) or 4 years including foundation year (or 5 years including a work placement)
  • Not available part-time

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