Games Design - BA (Hons) Top up

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Course Details

Please note that there is no available degree exit award (non honours).

The BA (Hons) Top up in Games Design aims to further enhance skills and career opportunities in the games industry.

The entire focus for this course will be on developing a proposal for a game, culminating in your Honours Project.

You may have the opportunity to work on live projects from the games industry, working to real deadlines and expressing your own creative ideas and skills through your project work; all using the latest games software.

Core aspects of your work will be visualisation and digital modelling and you will develop a rich portfolio that will showcase your skills.

As well as attending a range of lectures, workshops and demonstrations, you will be encouraged to work independently and learn valuable critical thinking skills. Throughout the course, you will be required to keep track of your development as a designer, facilitated by a personal diary such as a Web Log (Blog) or similar. Tutorial discussion will also support self-reflection on learning and career development.

Teaching and learning methods are varied but we place an emphasis on practical-based learning using purpose-built seminar and computer rooms. All courses will have lectures to guide you through the relevant topics, but there is a real focus on applying the material to relevant and real world examples in tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and directed work. The emphasis is on developing your ability to work and learn independently. Our computer rooms allow you to use specialist software but, where possible, we will make software available for your own PC. Students will also use an online learning environment which supports flexible learning by providing additional and resource-rich online materials. The courses are assessed using a variety of methods, including individual coursework assignments, group work and presentations.

One year, full time or two years, part time.
All students who successfully complete this degree may have the opportunity to progress onto a Master’s level qualification at the University of Central Lancashire or another higher education provider, or may wish to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment.

On successful completion, your potential career paths may include employment or freelance work in:

  • Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Games Design
  • Games Tester
  • Level Designer
For information about the Programme Specification and modules available please download the Course Handbook.

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We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

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Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.

It should be noted that all courses are subject to periodic review, usually every five years, by the awarding partner organisations. Any potential planned changes made to course content following such reviews shall be communicated on the University Centre website and in writing to individual students / applicants.

While we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place any day of the week.