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UCAS CODE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Start Date(s)

Attendance

Learning

G490

112 UCAS POINTS

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September 2024

  • Full time, 3 years
  • Part time, 5 years
  • On campus
both SN2157
SN2157
Degree with foundation year

UCAS CODE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Start Date(s)

Attendance

Learning

G491

64 UCAS POINTS

UCAS points will be updated soon

September 2024

  • Full time, 3 years
  • Part time, 5 years
  • On campus
both SN2158
SN2158

Fees and Funding

Here's the fees and funding information for each year of this course

September 2024

Attendance

Fee

Note

Home
Full time, 3 years
£9,250
Per year
Part time, 5 years
Pro-rata full time fee
International
Full time, 3 years
£14,820
Per year

Overview

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

MODULES

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    Introduction to Game Design

    This module will introduce you to game design principles and techniques. It will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the role of a game designer in different industrial sectors.

    You will be exploring several formal game design terminology and definitions as well as learn basic skills of formalising and communicating game design concepts through effective visualisation and documentation. You will learn how to design basic game architecture elements (tokens, rules, mechanics, interaction, goals, feedback etc.), interrelationships between various game elements and how they combine to create compelling gameplay.

    You will learn the role of the player in game design process and start to learn how to conceptualise for a specific target audience. You will also learn how to conceptually prototype your games and effectively playtest with the audience.

    As a result, you will be introduced to a range of theoretical and practical approaches to the study and design of games from ideation, concept development, gameplay design, prototyping to playtesting.

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    Introduction to Game Art

    This module will introduce you to art within video games. You will learn how to develop basic 2D/3D skills and how to communicate ideas visually though different practices and applications as well as demonstrate a fundamental understanding of developing assets for the games industry.

    You will explore the history of art within games, the role of a games artist within the industry and cover a wide range of visual aesthetics styles and practices to inform and widen your own skills by exploring and examining others work. You will be able to communicate your vision to different sectors within the games industry.

    As a result, you will understand the fundamentals of art within games and demonstrate these within your own work thus allowing you to develop and create representations of objects, ideas, and people in a variety of different styles and formats.

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    Introduction to Game Programming

    This module will introduce you to fundamentals of programming, writing algorithms to solve problems, representing the logic as flowcharts and pseudocode which will help outline a program before the coding process begins.

    You will gain knowledge of the procedural, object-orientated & event-driven programming paradigms. You will demonstrate the ability to apply them to a range of outcomes including workflow automation and game interaction. In addition, you will learn to debug and document issues that arise.

    As a result, you will be able to analyse problems and express solutions in a programming language. Whether you consider yourself creative or technical, you will benefit from being able to communicate ideas in a standardised way across multiple disciplines.

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    Game Studio 1 (Mental Wealth)

    This module will introduce you to working on a small project within a simulated studio environment. You will work collectively as a group with different disciplines within and outside the game’s courses.

    You will learn to work with different disciplines in a professional environment as well as using project management methods such as agile development to maintain and work within set deadlines. You will explore version control and how it is applied to a group project as well as developing a product from concept to deployment.

    As a result, you will gain exposure to working within a simulated studio environment, understand modern development processes and pipelines and have a finished small game product.

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    Portfolio 1

    This module will allow you to further explore and engage upon an area of game development you wish to specialise within.

    You will use this module as an opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding within your chosen area to start creating portfolio pieces that will begin to give you a professional identity. You will be refined within your professionalism by the support of tutors who will guide you in the areas you wish to explore.

    As a result, you will have refined your knowledge and practical skills within an area of game development that interests you as well as the ability to self-reflect on your own professional development.

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    Professional Practice

    This module will help set the foundation of developing an online professional presence by improving your soft skills and building your portfolio. When applying for internships and or future jobs within the games industry, you will be expected to have a portfolio demonstrating your current abilities.

    As part of this module, you will conduct research into the games industry job marketplace, as well as examine key skills and responsibilities required for a given role. You will begin constructing and compiling your online portfolio as well as your curriculum vitae and learn how to structure a cover letter. Mock interviews will also be provided to help you become more comfortable with the process.

    As a result, you will understand the current games job sector and how you can apply for roles within it. You will have an online presence that can be further developed throughout your studies in preparation for when you graduate the course.

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    Game studio 2 (Mental Wealth)

    This module will build upon the soft and hard skills you developed in MS4017 Game Studio 1 (Mental Wealth) and you will work collectively in a group on a medium scoped project.

    You will further develop your understanding and expertise of working to a specific role with a focus on your chosen specialism. Working with a diverse development team you will utilise agile project management methods and industry practices. You will be further exposed to working within a simulated studio environment and the professionalism that is expected within this environment.

    As a result, you will be more adept at working within a simulated studio environment as well as a diverse team and able to demonstrate a professional working manner. You will also further
    demonstrate that you have the capabilities to work on a medium scope project within a specific role to see it from the design stages to being published on a platform.

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    Game Studio 3 Pitch: (Mental Wealth)

    This module will build upon the soft and hard skills you developed in Game Studio 2 (Mental Wealth) and Game Studio 1 (Mental Wealth). You will work collectively in a group on a large scaled professional game project that will span two terms.

    During this module you will synthesise theory and production skills developed from all your previous levels of study to start the planning and prototyping stage of your final studio product. You will be utilising industry standard studio practices such as agile methodologies to correctly plan the scope and allocation of work among the team as well as setting up your version control development environment. You will also learn how a production can operate within a remote environment. You will be expected to scope your project appropriately and this module will help facilitate this during your pitching stage.

    As a result, you will have developed the foundations of your largest studio production. This will then be continued within the following terms MS6001 Game Studio 3: Production (Mental Wealth).

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    Final Project: Development

    The module will review the field / subject discipline as appropriate to a self-identified research project within the scope of the programme of study. This will entail devising, researching and planning a major programme of work in an appropriate medium as a relevant object of analysis. You will draw on learning across your programme to showcase your skills and talent in articulating your media project, as a process of development informed by theories, methods and practices relevant to the creative industries.

    You can choose to follow independent research through one of two routes: a) by producing a written dissertation that engages with contemporary debates in media or b) by using practice as a mode of research supported by a verbal demonstration of the critical discourses it speaks to.

    Under relevant subject-specialist supervision and through a process of drafting and revision, you will be grounded in methods of study and conceptual formulation, as dictated by the scope and character of the research undertaken.

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    Portfolio 2

    This module will allow you to develop content for your portfolio utilising and demonstrating your knowledge and expertise within your chosen specialism.

    You will demonstrate your skills in your chosen area of expertise: what you develop will be subject to approval from the lecturing staff and be related to your specialism. You will plan appropriately with regular milestones and reviews to keep your work on track. The content that you produce will be considered some of your best work and be at the forefront of your graduating portfolio.

    As a result, you will have either one or several polished portfolio pieces that will help further your ambitions of being employed within the games industry.

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    Game Studio 3: Production (Mental Wealth)

    This module is a continuation of your MS6000 Game Studio 3: Pitch module. You will take your group’s proof-of-concept and see it to completion and publication on a platform.

    During this module you will continue to work within your groups to develop your previous proof-of- concept prototype. You will be expected to develop a polished product that will be published upon a live platform such as itch.io. and make use of your groups chosen project management method to maintain and track the progression of the development. You are expected to organise and arrange group testing sessions and iterate upon your product based on feedback received.

    As a result, you will have demonstrated that you can take a large product from conceptualisation to publication as well as work in your chosen role within a diverse development team.

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    Final Project: Completion

    The module will lead on from the development stage of your self-identified research project based on your preferred choice of production, for example a written dissertation that engages with contemporary debates in media or a complete practice project, produced through a developed programme of research supported by a verbal demonstration of the critical discourses it speaks to.

    The aim of the module is to extend knowledge in the chosen field of research, to produce or write the project according to the student's planning and to complete and present the final research project within the given time frame. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in an accompanying project portfolio, including production folders for practice projects or reviews of existing academic literature on the written dissertation topic and a comprehensive bibliography. 

    Projects will be developed through subject-specific supervision and peer support.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER