Design graphics and games using artificial intelligence, 3D modelling and animation in our Games Development Studio – and create a portfolio of work to help launch your career. After spending a foundation year working on your general computer and study skills, you will move onto our BSc (Hons) course.
If you do not have the qualifications you need for our 3-year BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology, this is exactly the same course but with the addition of a foundation year to get you up to speed.
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, and one game can involve up to 200 professionals working as a team.
As a game developer, you could design the visual styling as well as how it plays. You could be involved with animating characters and objects, creating audio, programming, testing and producing.
Besides working in the leisure/entertainment sector, you could use your skills to develop ‘serious’ games. These are used in rehabilitation, education and training, defence, science, health, city planning and engineering.
You could also go into a career in marketing, teaching or general technology.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
Throughout the course, we will use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. You will demonstrate your learning though 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.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Full-time, full-time with placement year undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
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