This degree is based at USW’s purpose-built campus, in the creative centre of Cardiff.
This Computer Games Design degree focuses on the creative and artistic aspects of games production, giving you the practical skills to develop, produce and publish game titles. On this course, you’ll learn how to develop your game in such a way that it could form the basis of a start-up games company. On graduation, you’ll have a strong portfolio of playable games to present to employers. Based in USW’s Cardiff campus, we pride ourselves on great facilities, enthusiastic staﬀ and providing support so you can realise your creative vision.
Our student designers are talented, entrepreneurial and passionate about gaming. They have had major competition success at Tranzfuser, Dare to be Digital, Ffresh and Global Game Jam, scooped BAFTA nominations and BAFTA Cymru awards. It’s no surprise that our graduates are snapped up by Electronic Arts, Rockstar, Codemasters, Rare, The Chinese Room and many more, while others become leading indie game developers.
Studying the Computer Games Design course in Cardiff, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with other creative industries students such as actors, writers and musicians. What’s more, thanks to all the small games companies in and around the city, Cardiff has been identified as an entrepreneurial hub for games. See student and graduate work at our USW Games blog.
What you will study
We aim to challenge you right from the outset on this Computer Games degree. You’ll be involved in group and individual projects, in addition to lectures, talks, seminars, weekly drawing sessions and technical workshops.
You’ll study key elements of games design, from concept sketching, games culture and game mechanics, to 3D modelling, game engine and prototyping, as well as pitching, project management and development. Working individually and as part of a team, we’ll help you develop examples of working games that you can present to industry in a portfolio of your best work.
In your second year, you’ll work on larger industry-focused projects, with a major project in your final year. This will be a professional production you can present to industry and develop into a strong portfolio that will enhance your employability.
Year One: Computer Games Design degree
- Game Studies 1
- Game Studies 2
- Character Performance
- Making Games
- Making Digital Games
Year Two: Computer Games Design degree
- Game Assets
- Game Engine
- Professional Practice
- Experimental Games
- Digital and Visual Culture
- Literature Review
Year Three: Computer Games Design degree
- Project Prototypes
- Project Production
- Project Promotion and Professional Portfolio
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