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BSc (Hons)
Games Design

Undergraduate course
Creative Technologies

Prepare for a career in games and computer entertainment, animation, interactive environments, 3D visualisation or creative advertising.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    Headingley Campus

Your Course

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You can sharpen your skills in top of the range facilities, including a full body motion capture studio, blue-screen studio and games evaluation lab.
Entry Requirements
120 points required
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs: GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs. Access to HE Diploma: Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points. Scottish Awards: Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2 Selection Criteria: We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs: GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs. Access to HE Diploma: Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points. Scottish Awards: Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2 Selection Criteria: We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


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No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

  • Laura Whitaker

Careers

Laura Whitaker
, Dynamic Business Services Ltd

BSc (Hons) 3D Computer Animation & Visual Effect

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“My course leaders had great connections. After being talent-spotted at an end-of-year showcase event at the university, I'm now employed as a 3D specialist and trainer.

MODULES & LEARNING

Game Design

Game Development 1

Game Asset Creation 1

Game Development 2

Concept Art & Visualisation 1

Game Asset Creation 2

Game Studies

Game Development 3

Character Animation

Environment Modelling

Concept Art & Visualisation 2

Group Project

Advanced 3D Visualisation

Game Studio

Production Project

Advanced 3D Character Design

Mobile Gaming

Advanced Games Systems & Programming

Applied Game Design

Throughout the course, there is a strong focus on work-based learning and increasing your employability. Our placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain valuable time in industry, allowing you to enhance your skill in developing content based on professional briefs. Previous students have undertaken placements with Team17 Digital, Dubit, Fusion Unlimited, Jagex, and Omerta Game Ltd. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in Europe and internationally.

We host regular guest lectures and video podcasts from industry experts. In the past these have included codemasters Team17 Digital and Dan Gray from UsTwoGames. We are also members of Game Republic and every year we take students to the Student Showcase Competition with many winning awards from the industry judges.

Final year students also have the opportunity to showcase their work in front of leading employers at the end of year degree show. Previous years have seen many of our students gain job offers through the showcase opportunities. Take a look at some of our students' work which was displayed at the Creative Technologies showcase in 2015.
  • Che John
    Che John Che John
    Course Director

    Social and economic empowerment through the creative use of technologies lies at the centre of what inspires the course and my teaching.

    Che’s career as a game developer and designer began in the 80s home computer games industry. He has worked across several technology and digital entertainment sectors and with clients including Sony Europe, LG, Sky, BBC and Channel 4. His research interests include game & play design, user experience and the cultural impact of digital communication technologies.
  • BSc (Hons) Games Design - Che John, Senior Lecturer

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  • BSc (Hons) Games Design - Alex Reid, Student

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FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £10500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Facilities

  • Software suites
    Software suites

    The software suites will give you access to Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Studio, 3ds Max, Unreal Tournament and the Unreal Engine. We also have eight specialist labs running Windows and Mac OS X and labs running Oracle and Oracle Apex.

  • Motion capture suite
    Motion capture suite

    You will have access to our motion capture suite as well as sensor-based physical computing, virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Headingley Campus

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An amazing place to spend your days

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Need more convincing?
Next Undergraduate Open Day

If you are thinking of applying to Leeds Beckett attending an Open Day is the best way to find out more about us, your course and get a feel for life on campus.

Open Day Information
  • Campus Tours
    Our Campus Tours take place on Wednesday afternoons at 13:00* throughout the academic year.
  • Online Open Days
    Join us at our Online Open Days on the first Wednesday of the month.
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To order a copy of the latest Undergraduate prospectus, please email: prospectusrequests@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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