The BSc Computer Games Development combines practical development skills with games design.
Develop your skills in game programming and game engine scripting for multiple platforms,supported by dedicated games studios and interaction with animation artists.
This is a practical, career-focused degree that encourages you to publish games and demonstrate your work to employers at our end-of-year Digital Futures event.
Major games studios only employ the most talented and business-aware graduates, which is why we emphasise the need to work on real-world tasks and to create a strong e-portfolio and show-reel.
Our multi-skilled graduates work in various industries including games, animation and social networking.
The course is accredited by the British Computer Society, fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional registration.
Use of industry standard game engines
The programme is very diverse and caters for students that are keen to pursue their development and programming skills as well as the core aspects of games design, such as Level Design. Students are familiarised throughout the programme with game engines such as GameMaker, Unity and Unreal Engine. Students can also specialise in the area of mobile games development through the use of Phaser.
A key aspect of the programme is its synergy with animation where the creation and development of 2D or 3D modelling can be undertaken by students working on their projects. For example, students are able to develop their proficiency in using Maya or Blender.
Strong industry focus
This is a practical, career-focused degree that encourages you to publish games and develop an online presence via the creation of a showcase portfolio. The Games Development course provides students with the chance to illustrate their work to prospective employers from the Creative Industries. In addition to organising creative industry showcasing events, guest speakers from the industry provide students with insights about working in this area. Regular game jams are also organised throughout the programme to provide students with opportunities to develop games for their portfolios.
Mentoring opportunities, such as working as a unity developer can also be arranged with students and studios in the local area. There is also a strong emphasis on internships with the programme having forged strong links with local games and animation studios.
Computer Games development projects
The BSc Computer Games Design is predominately project-based with an emphasis on team work, problem-solving, project management, version control, collation and dissemination of project tasks. Though some assignments are individual, project work is designed to prepare students for the world of work, particularly in a games studio environment.
The Year 4 Honours project is an individual piece of work that is practical in focus allowing students to specialise in a particular games related area that interests them.
Watch a sample of work produced by students of the Computer Games Development course.
You may undertake a 36-week professional work placement between years 2 and 3, or years 3 and 4.
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Computing at UWS
Computing courses at UWS are designed in collaboration with leading companies to produce work-ready graduates with the skills that industry needs.
We work with major industry leaders to give our students work-based learning opportunities to put their knowledge into practice.
Our students graduate ready for career success in this fast-changing, dynamic industry.
of all UWS graduates in work and/or study 6 months after graduating
What qualifications do you need?
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
Scottish Highers:BBBC, or equivalent, or 102 UCAS Tariff points
A levels:CCD or 88 UCAS Tariff points
Irish Leaving Certificate:H3 H3 H3 H4
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computer Technology or Computing or Computing: Software Development or other relevant discipline
Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to STEM BBB
African WASSCE (WAEC): a pass in 5 subjects (minimum of 3 at Grade B) including Maths at Grade B
Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Computing or CCD with evidence of programming (112 UCAS Tariff points)
A levels:BCC including Computing or BCC with evidence of programming (104 UCAS Tariff points)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computer Games Development (with A in the Graded Unit)
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Computing or Computing: Software Development or Computer Games Development
Students of the Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT) in France may apply for Year 3 entry and applications will be considered on an individual basis
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for most courses
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
overall score 6.0
no sub-test less than 5.5
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 6.5
no sub-test less than 6.0
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 7.0
no sub-test less than 7.0
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 5.0
no sub-test less than 4.5
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students. For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).
The BSc Computer Games Development course equips you with industry-relevant skills to build a career as a games developer, while combining creative games design with practical development skills.
You will study the games industry and games development alongside modelling and animation for games. Core skills in programming for games complement use of game engines to develop games.
You will deepen your understanding of game programming and development using game engines such as Unity 3D and Unreal as well as producing games for the web. You will also learn about game design and creating and using game assets. By the end of this year you should be producing games for your portfolio.
The emphasis is on more advanced techniques in game programming and developing your skills for the games industry. You will undertake a year-long team design and development project, creating a working 3D game for release. You will also explore development of mobile games.
Sandwich Placement (optional)
You may undertake a placement on a full-time basis over a minimum 36 weeks duration, leading to a sandwich award. This can be taken between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.
Year 4 (Honours)
You will undertake an individual project, creating a major portfolio piece to showcase your skills. You will extend your knowledge of level design, the use of games in learning and of advanced web games.
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
UWS Computer Games Development Graduates enjoy careers in Creative industry companies that might be either games, animation or web and mobile related. Companies where Computer Games Development graduates have found employment include Rockstar Games, PlayStation, Solus, Spartan Solutions Ltd, Voice Technologies and Eureka Solutions. Games Development graduates have also established their own independent games studios working on a freelance basis.
Undergraduate Tuition Fees
Scottish campuses lab-based 2018/19
Scottish & EU
£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support
Tuition Fees & Additional Costs
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2019/20 entry is 15 January 2019, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2019, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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