Why study this course?
Our Games Programming (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree has a built-in foundation year, designed to equip you with the key principles of programming, mathematics and physics for game development, preparing you for the following three years of your course. You’ll graduate from this course with all the specialist skills needed to join the creative field of games programming.
More about this course
The foundation year of this course will teach you the fundamental aspects of programming, computer hardware, game design and mathematical techniques.
This course allows artists and programmers to work together to design and produce games. This part of the course has been approved by our games industry partner TIGA as it replicates the real working process in professional practice.
The foundation year on this course is shared with a number of other foundation year degrees, so in Year 0 you’ll get to study with other students who are interested in a variety of different specialisms.
The foundation level of this course will ensure you have the fundamental skills in games programming needed to succeed in the subsequent three years of your course. Our dedicated staff will help to build your academic abilities and your confidence throughout this four-year degree.
You’ll be encouraged to attend gaming events and enter game competitions during the course, giving you the chance to discover game designs created by your peers. There will also be the opportunity to exhibit your work at the annual Summer Show, which displays students work at all levels and will give you the chance to show your work to a professional audience.
Following your foundation year, you’ll study the same course content and modules as those who study our Games Programming BSc (Hons) degree.
You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.
You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.
Where this course can take you
Completing this degree will open up many job opportunities within the games and entertainment industry. Upon graduating you could find employment as an animator, games developer, games designer, software engineer, visual effects artist, applications developer or a multimedia programmer.
Previous graduates have joined companies such as Sky, BBC, ITV, Sega, Lionheart, Rare, Rocksteady, Media Molecule, Football Superstars and Sports Interactive. Some of our graduates have also created their own businesses.
What is a degree with foundation year?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the perfect route into university if you can’t meet the necessary entry requirements or don’t have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.