BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

Bachelor degree
36 months
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Intakes: September
International tuition: £13,200
Domestic tuition: £9,000

Program overview

University of South Wales aims to challenge you right from the outset on this Computer Games Design degree. You’ll be involved in group and individual projects, in addition to lectures, talks, seminars, weekly drawing sessions and technical workshops. You'll study key elements of games design, from concept sketching, games culture and game mechanics, to 3D modelling, game engine and prototyping, as well as pitching, project management and development. Working individually and as part of a team, we'll help you develop examples of working games that you can present to industry in a portfolio of your best work. In your second year, you'll work on larger industry-focused projects, with a major project in your final year. This will be a professional production you can present to industry and develop into a strong portfolio that will enhance your employability. Year One: Computer Games Design degree Game Studies 1 Game Studies 2 Drawing Character Performance Making Games Making Digital Games Year Two: Computer Games Design degree Game Assets Game Engine Professional Practice Experimental Games Digital and Visual Culture Literature Review Year Three: Computer Games Design degree Project Prototypes Project Production Project Promotion and Professional Portfolio Dissertation Facilities Computer Games Design students benefit from several industry-standard games labs. These provide access to common games engines such as: Unreal Engine 4, Unity 3D, GameMaker, CRYENGINE and tools such as Adobe CS, Maya, 3DS Max, Mudbox and ZBrush along with other more specialist software packages. Games labs have been configured to support the latest technologies such as VR and have plenty of RAM, SSD boot drives, and secondary storage to handle your creative ambitions. Many of university's computers come equipped with ultra-wide monitors too, excellent for improving your productivity and workflow. The University is investing in the future of gaming with recent purchases of several Vive and Oculus Rift VR kits, some of which can be borrowed. It also have games controllers, graphics tablets, Cintiq screens, a 3D scanner, retro consoles, and stand-up arcade cabinet containing 100s of classic games. To support your creative use of gaming tech it has an extensive catalog of games related books and online ebooks within its library, where you can learn the secrets of being a successful games designer. Industry Computer Games design course is closely connected with the games industry in Wales. University's lecturers run Cardiff’s contribution to the annual Global Game Jam, are involved in Games Wales and participate within the Wales Games Development Show every summer. Providing numerous opportunities for students to build contacts, find internships and be the first to hear about graduate gaming roles. Its student games designers visit GameCity in Nottingham, attending seminars, meeting games developers and journalists and playing the latest innovative titles. Students have also received industry funding to develop their projects and release their games via Steam and Windows Mobile platforms and been cited in Develop’s 30 under 30 game development rising stars.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers University of South Wales makes are at the top of the range, but it takes all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. Interview An interview and portfolio are required for Computer Games Design degree. Your portfolio should demonstrate strong artistic and design abilities. Your portfolio should be a carefully constructed selection of your work, preferably produced during your most recent course of study, and can include any personal work or projects that you feel are relevant to the course. All work should be well organised and presented. You should be prepared to discuss your work at interview as well as any games designers/artists who have influenced you. Typical A-Level Offer BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points). Typical Welsh BACC Offer Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points). Typical BTEC Offer BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points). Typical IB Offer Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level Typical Access to HE Offer Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points Additional Requirements GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances International Entry Requirements The University also welcomes international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on international website for exact details. English Requirements In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component. However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on international website for exact details.

Career opportunities

Computer Games Design graduates find employment in the games industry, primarily in games design, but also developing concept art, animation, level design and play-testing. University of South Wales's graduates have also found success in contemporary advertising, motion graphics, VR, and illustration. Graduates of Computer Games Design course have entered employment with industry notables such as Electronic Arts, Rocksteady, Rare, Creative Assembly and Aardman, amongst others. Many of its students have started their own companies, a few of note are, Bithell Games, Toxic Games and Fiddlesticks. Careers and Employability Service As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate. This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. University of South Wales also has extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. University's employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs. Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

Campus location

Cardiff , United Kingdom