We love computer games. Talking about them, playing them, designing them, and building them. If you do too, come and study in our Games Development Studio. You’ll learn to design graphics and games using artificial intelligence, 3D modelling and animation – and create a portfolio to help launch an exciting career. This course has been validated to include an optional placement year.
Forget the stereotypes – gaming isn’t just for teenage boys. Half of all gamers are female, and the average age is 31*. This means the industry is huge, and a variety of exciting jobs await you.
Right from Year 1, you’ll be creating games. Everything you design will build into a valuable portfolio to help you secure your dream job when you graduate. You’ll even have chance to do a year’s work placement – offering plenty of practical experience and a head start in industry.
Based in our new home in Compass House, Cambridge, you'll enjoy having the latest technology at your fingertips and collaborating with other students on innovative projects.
You’ll study both the theory and practical aspects of gaming and experience the whole development process, from initial concepts to programming, testing and publication. You'll spend plenty of time in our Games Development Studio, which simulates a commercial working studio and features up-to-date hardware and software. We currently have GameMaker, 3DGameStudio, Unreal Tournament 3 Editor, Adobe Flash and Action Script, Java and C++, Microsoft XNA Game Studio, Visual C# Express, Microsoft Visual Studio, Photoshop, GIMP, 3ds Max, Blender, Fusion, Audacity, Second Life and Unity3D.
18% of the UK games industry is based in Cambridge, so it’s a great place to study, surrounded by studios large and small. Many famous developers are based locally, including Sony, Frontier, Jagex, Inertia Game Studios, Eidolon Studios and PTM Games. Our department is also a member of TIGA, the association for games developers in the UK.
We host the annual Brains Eden Gaming Festival, when students from across Britain and Europe compete in teams to build games.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
It can take three years to create a game, all the way from initial concept to the finished product. One game can involve up to 200 professionals working as a team.
The BSc (Hons) Computer Gaming Technology degree will provide you with relevant skills to pursue careers in games programming, quality assurance and independent game development. The core programming skills are also transferable to the wider IT industry, or possibly to a career teaching programming/computer science, giving you extra flexibility.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses. We offer an innovative, MSc Computer Games Development which focuses on developing skills through intense collaborative, industry focused projects.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. You’ll demonstrate your learning through the games you produce, but there will also be a mix of exams, personal learning plans and projects.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
Occasionally, opportunities arise for extra-curricular opportunities with local game developers. In the past, these have ranged from participating in focus groups, user testing, asset development and other short term opportunities. You will be made aware of such opportunities as they arise and work with you to help fit them around your other commitments.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time, full-time with placement year undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
Full-time undergraduate (4 years)
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