Computer Games Design & Development BSc (Hons)
What makes Computer Games Design & Development at Worcester special?
The landscape of the game industry is changing, with an increasing focus on the gamer experience fuelling a boom in the indie games market. In today’s industry, small teams of developers can achieve great success with unique gaming experiences that capture the imagination.
Our course emphasises a player-centred approach to game design, equipping you with a range of practical skills and insights to become a designer of innovative and exciting gaming experiences. It also empowers you with the technical skills required to develop those gaming experiences into playable and potentially commercial products. You will work in such areas as graphics rendering, game engine development and digital storytelling.
- The course is industry-focused and is designed and delivered by computer games experts and professional game developers with significant experience in iconic organisations including the BBC.
- The course is mapped against the national occupational standards for Games and Interactive Media and the International Game Developer Association’s curriculum framework.
- 24/7 access to excellent IT facilities, including dedicated PC and mac labs featuring industry-standard software.
- Option to take a 1-year paid placement, engage in client-based consultancy projects, develop software for clients through the Business School’s Media Lab, or ‘earn as you learn’ by setting up as a freelancer.
- Option to start your own computer games development business through the Business School’s Incubator.
I was able to learn skills which I never thought possible as well as pick up the drive to work harder. Whilst at University I made friendships that I believe will last a lifetime. It was an experience unlike any other and better than I had ever hoped.
Olivia Connolly, Computer Game, Design and Development BSc graduate.
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
96 UCAS Tariff points and Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics
Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes
The University of Worcester taught me so much more than just the needed technical skills. The lecturers go the extra mile and provide some fantastic opportunities. The course content is up to date and challenging.
Paul Dale, Graduated 2013 and now working as a software developer and games tester
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
All Worcester Business School courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of curriculum recommendations and aims developed by three professional bodies (BCS, (British Computing Society) IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and ACM (Association of Computing Machinery).
You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and individual/ small group project work with a strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and practical applications. Most of the computing seminars take place in state-of-the-art PC labs using a variety of software specific to each module. The course integrates theory and practice in several areas of web development and e-business in order to obtain an appreciation of a range of applications and their impact on users.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors will take place several times a semester during your time at university.
You have an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement with local or national firms in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.
You can also choose to study abroad in semester 2 of year 2 at one of our exchange partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Europe.
In a typical week you will have at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. In addition to this, you will spend your time sharing your ideas with your fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities, engaging with external employers and on independent self-study.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 23 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.
Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken by you, but we recognise that you like to know in advance how you will be assessed. With this in mind our assessment and feedback strategy has been designed so that:
- all modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and you as students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the overall module grade by evaluating your learning in a module or a component of a module and comparing it with a standard or benchmark;
- typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments;
- across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. This means a variety of assessments (such as reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) will be encountered by you to suit different learning styles;
- there may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. applied artefacts are more common in games and programming modules because of the specific nature of the content, while security modules may involve a combination of reports and presentations;
- supervisors for your games design & development project in your final year will provide individual assistance and help in choosing a specific project (applied or research-based) that fits your career and academic interests;
- we develop your employability skills by means of, for example, report writing, presentations, and the development of self-awareness and critical reflection in the tasks set.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.
Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support your development. We always place you the student at the centre of the learning experience: for example, your written feedback will provide evidence of how you are enhancing your essential academic and employability skills.
Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.
Where could it take you?
We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your degree. All of our courses:
• offer the option of a paid placement year which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate, possibly even with your placement company (except Information Technology for Education BSc (Hons)). We also advertise short-term vacancies on our VLE
• offer the option to spend a semester abroad at one of our exchange universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand to help you develop the intercultural skills that are so highly sought after by today’s employers
• target selected Employability Standards in every module. These are designed by Worcester Business School in consultation with employers – so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying
• include automatic access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool to create a live and evidence-based CV
• are accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate
• provide access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, support student competitions, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities
• offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres and meetings with employers
• are written and taught by business professionals and practitioners who are fully aware of what today’s employers are looking for
• include work-based learning modules where you can learn via a live work-based project
• adopt a real-world, applied approach to learning, teaching and assessment so that what you learn is relevant and useful to your future employer(s)
• offer access to a host of CV-enhancing co-curriculum activities such as our start-up café, international study weeks, case study/business plan competitions, vacation research projects, mentoring activities, etc
• promote ‘earn as you learn’ part-time work opportunities which will significantly boost your employability after graduation
Read some of our work placement student stories
Aaron credits his degree for allowing him to develop the skills to land his dream web and mobile apps job at 2359 Media in Singapore.
Steve Borwell-Fox, of Borwell Secure Software Experts, talking about the Computing Showcase.
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Part-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Computer Game Design & Development BSc (Hons) G451
Computer Game Design & Development (Placement Year) 4 Yr: I620
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.
G451 or I620