BA (Hons) Games Design
Can you see yourself forging a successful career in games design, working on the latest blockbuster from Sony, Warner Brothers or TT Games? That’s what some of our previous graduates have achieved. But to reach those heights, you’ll need to be obsessed with games and the related technologies. You’ll need a passion for building worlds and fascinated by the way we interact with games. You’ll also have at least one game idea that you’re convinced will change the world…
This course will prepare you for a life in games design and along the way, you’ll cover every aspect of this fascinating industry. We examine the principles and theory of game design, world building, structure and gameplay, while providing hands on technical skills that will take you through every stage of games design. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of games – from idea generation and game mechanics, to programming and the use of game engines, such as Unreal Engine.
We also cover art and design, sound effects and the role of original, interactive music and there are modules that take you through 3D modelling using Autodesk Maya, and others that look at other design disciplines that are important in games, like architecture and character development. By the final year, you will be ready to embark on your self-directed honours project which will focus on your chosen career path.
Running through the course is a strong theory thread which covers historical, contemporary and future issues in the game design industry. Our career focused approach mean that you will also be given the opportunity to respond to a detailed game brief to create a finished game as part of a team.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THIS PROGRAMME?
All our teaching staff are still very active in the games industry. They have experience of developing award winning games with AAA games development companies. What this means for you is that we have great connections in the real world – connections that you can use to start building your own professional network, before you’ve even graduated.
It also means that you can be confident that skills and techniques you learn are relevant to today’s industry.
With outstanding guest lectures and workshops, and the opportunity to work on live project briefs, this degree will ensure that you gain the experience to give your games career a flying start.
One aspect of this course that is particularly loved by past students are the small class sizes. This allows our tutors to provide lots of personalised one-to-one mentoring, giving you the opportunity to develop the skills that will be important in your preferred specialisms.
Being part of the Futureworks family means you also get to work with film and audio students, and collaborate on a range of interesting and innovative projects.
This course provides a fantastic springboard into the games industry for future Games Designers, Level Designers, Prop and Asset Modellers, or even into Production Management roles. We’re proud to say that past students are currently working throughout the industry, from major game companies to small independents – or even start your own company like one group of Futureworks students did (Torque Studios) to enter a national competition. They won the competition, picking up a £25,000 prize which helped fund their first game which was nominated in the BAFTA games awards.
The final qualification for this programme is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.
FUTURE START DATES
- September 2021
- September 2022
Tuition Fees are £9,250 per year.
You may be eligible to apply for a student loan from Student Finance. Please see our Tuition Fees page for more information. You may find it beneficial to invest in additional equipment and/or study resources to support your learning. Additionally, there may be the option of attending events outside of Futureworks which would further enhance your studies. We recommend that you budget in the region of £300 to £600 over the duration of the course to cover these expenses.
To be considered for this course, you will require 104 UCAS points.
This could be gained via a number of qualifications, for example:
- BCC or above at A2 Level
- DMM or above at Extended Diploma Level
- M or above at UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Level
- A proven interest in this area
If you’re unsure how many points you have you can use the UCAS tariff calculator.
Remember that qualifications such as Graded Examinations in Music Performance and Arts Award (Gold) can also count towards your UCAS points – check the tariff calculator!
All applicants are expected to have at least a ‘C’ in GCSEs Maths and English Language or equivalent. Non-UK applicants will need to have an English Language qualification at International Level B2 or higher, such as an IELTS of 6.0 or better (with no component below 5.5). Students with equivalent qualifications will also be accepted. If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview where you will have the opportunity to talk about your work, influences and interests. Ideal applicants will have a keen interest in art, design, and video games. You may be asked to bring any relevant examples of work with you, in the form of a portfolio.
HOW TO APPLY
You can apply for this course by submitting an application via the UCAS system. The UCAS codes for this course are as follows:-
UCAS Code: WG24
Institution Code: F98
For information about applying in July and August, please see our Clearing page. Futureworks is currently unable to accept any applications from anyone who requires a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK.
If you have any questions about applying for a degree course please call us on 0161 214 4602, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look at our Admissions FAQs.
Student Protection Plan
Futureworks maintains a Student Protection Plan which has been approved by the Office for Students. The plan sets out the actions Futureworks will take, in co-ordination with its validating partner, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), to ensure that students are protected in the event of a material change to Futureworks’ operations.
A material change may include the decision to close one or more courses, or a decision to cease operations altogether. A material change may, however, be triggered by decisions taken outside of Futureworks control, such as loss of designation/registered status with the Office for Students, or the decision by a validating partner to not renew the delivery one or more courses.
You can download a copy of the plan here.
CANCELLING YOUR APPLICATION
If you wish just to cancel your application to Futureworks, you can do this by logging into your UCAS track and cancelling Futureworks as a choice. You can only do this if we have not yet sent you an offer. If we have sent you an offer and you wish to cancel your application to us, you can reject the offer on your UCAS track. If you accept your offer and then decide you wish to withdraw your application to us, you will need to call the Admissions department on 0161 214 4602 and ask them to release you from your offer.
AWARD: Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree
DURATION: 3 Years (Full Time)
HE LEVEL 4 (YEAR 1)
- Introduction to Games Design (40 credits)
- Creative Thinking (40 credits)
- Contextual Studies (20 credits)
- Introduction to 3D Modelling (20 credits)
HE LEVEL 5 (YEAR 2)
- Games Development (40 credits)
- 3D Modelling (40 credits)
- Visual Skills (20 credits)
- Games Specialism (20 credits)
HE LEVEL 6 (YEAR 3)
- Games Proposal (60 credits)
- Honours Project (60 credits)
WHAT ARE CREDITS?
As a guide, 20 credits typically represents around 52 hours of tutor contact time (e.g. lectures/workshops/feedback) and 148 hours of self-study time (usually over the course of a semester). These numbers may increase or decrease depending on the nature, length and level of the module, especially towards the end of the course.
Admissions requirements, course content and delivery can be subject to change to enable Futureworks to deliver a better quality of educational experience. Applicants are encouraged to check information on our relevant course pages from time to time, particularly before submitting any application for their academic year of study.
Students on degree courses at Futureworks are required to attend lessons according to the course timetable. Futureworks operates a Student Engagement Policy which has been developed as part of Futureworks’ commitment to providing a supportive learning environment which enables all students who have chosen to study with us to achieve their full potential. The full Engagement Policy can be downloaded here.
PAYMENT OF TUITION FEES
Students are expected to pay their tuition fees (whether via a student loan and/or direct payment) on-time and in accordance with their Finance Agreement. If you fail to make payments according to the agreed schedule you may be suspended from your course until any outstanding fees are paid.
Students are liable for 25% of the course fees when they enrol in Term 1 (and stay after the 2 week change of mind period). If students attend in Term 2 they are liable for 50% of the course fees, and 100% if they attend in Term 3. Students will have a 2 week period at the beginning of the course where they will not be liable for fees if they leave the University.
If a student needs to retake any modules part-time, there will be an additional tuition fee per module.
For it’s Higher Education courses, Futureworks operates a robust three-stage complaints procedure which incorporates both the University of Central Lancashire and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. The Complaints Procedure is intended to provide an accessible, fair and straightforward system which ensures an effective, prompt and appropriate response. The full procedure can be downloaded here.
THE STUDENT CONTRACT
As a provider of Higher Education, our commitment to you is important and we therefore need regulations, policies and codes of conduct, which are designed to protect and maintain both academic quality and your rights and responsibilities as Futureworks students.
You need to be aware of their existence and their relevance to you and your studies. Alongside this, you may also have other separate arrangements with external organisations, such as the Student Loans Company, which you will need to ensure that you fully understand.
UCLan’s academic regulations ensure that all students are treated in a fair way – from the moment you are accepted on to a course, through to assessments and the qualification that you are awarded.
You can find out more about UCLan’s general policy documents, which together form the student contract, the basis of the contractual relationship between you, Futureworks and the University, here.
USE OF UNFAIR MEANS
‘Unfair means’ includes copying the work of others (plagiarism) and passing it off as your own, and other forms of cheating in assessments. The use of unfair means is taken very seriously by Futureworks, and if you are suspected of using unfair means, you could be subject to disciplinary action under the Futureworks disciplinary procedure which may jeopardise your status as a student.
YOUR RIGHT TO CANCEL
You have the right to cancel and withdraw within 14-days from the date your contract with Futureworks is entered into (the day the you accepted our offer of a place on the course). To cancel your application, complete this form and return it to: Admissions, Futureworks, Riverside, Manchester, M3 5FS.
Teaching & Assessment
We want to do everything we can to prepare you for working within the creative industries, and this is reflected in the way we teach and assess you. The programme is mostly coursework based, which means your tutors will be able to give you regular, constructive feedback. Presentation techniques will give you valuable experience of how to present your thoughts and ideas successfully and enthusiastically, so you are better at selling your ideas to prospective employers.
The written work is an important part of assessment and will improve your communication skills. A combination of lectures, tutorials, peer reviews, discussions and observations will ensure that you’re industry ready. External trips will present you with a wider range of topics and the opportunity to expand your portfolio, whilst guest speakers will help you to understand the world of games, how it works and how you can make your mark on it.
LOCATION OF DELIVERY
Your primary location of study will be at our Riverside Campus, which is located on New Bailey Street in Manchester. As part of your course, some of your lessons may take place at our Futureworks Studios facility located in MediaCityUK, a few miles from the city centre.
Futureworks recognises that the skills, competencies and contribution of its staff are vital to the delivery of high quality Higher Education. All programmes are managed by a dedicated Programme Leader and team of experienced tutors, and our excellent links with industry employers mean you’ll have access to exciting guest lectures and fantastic opportunities to gain experience on real-world projects.
Fees for the 2019/20 academic year
Fees are £9,250 per year.
As an approved provider of Higher Education, financial support is available for all Futureworks degree and diploma courses and as part of your application to study at Futureworks, you’ll need to think about how you’ll be funding your course. Depending on your circumstances, there’s a range of financial help and support available.
Fees for the 2020/21 academic year
Fees will be £9,250 per year. This may be subject to change as determined by government policy.
Funding for degree courses
Degree courses are eligible for funding via a loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and students can apply for a loan for each year of study. It is important that when you apply for student finance you list Futureworks Training Ltd as the institution you will be studying at so that delays in payment of your loans (and grants if applicable) are avoided.
For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. To find out how much you are eligable you need to apply for Student Finance. Applying for Student Finance can be done here.
Our Admissions Team is here to help, and they can guide you through the process. If you have any questions about funding your degree programme, or about tuition fee loans and/or direct debits, please call us on 0161 214 4602.
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Applicants from Northern Ireland should visit this page for information about tuition fee loans and speak to our Admissions Team, as the maximum tuition fee loan amount is different to the rest of the UK. Applicants from the EU should visit this page for information about tuition fee loans for Academic Year 2019/20.
We recognise that funding your course can be a complex matter, and we would recommend that you discuss your finance options with a member of our Admissions Team on 0161 214 4602 to discuss the options available to you. Alternatively you can email them here: email@example.com.