Course

The Computer Games Design course introduces students to all the processes involved in the design and construction of computer games. Unlike some other courses, it does not just focus on one aspect. It covers the art and design aspects as well as the construction and development aspects of computer games. Students will be involved from the initial idea generation to making the final game. They work both individually and as part of a team.


The focus of the course is not on programming, hardware, or software training. Its main focus is on creativity, innovation, ideas generation, drawing and design, critical thinking, problem solving and passion for games. Yes, you will use wide range of software packages; yes, you will do coding; yes, you should know something about the gaming hardware. But all because you want to bring your creative game design ideas to life. There is a fine balance between theory and practice in this course.

 

Course Structure

The course takes three years. Each year is divided into two semesters. Each semester has twelve weeks. In each semester students study three modules. Some modules are ‘core’, i.e. they must be studied, and some modules are ‘optional’ (Op), i.e. students can choose from a list of options.

You can see below which modules are studied at what level and semester.

Year One ( level 4)

  Semester 1Semester 2
  CoreGames Design in ContextCore Games Design Strategy & Process
  CoreIntroduction to 3D ModellingCore3D Level Design
  CoreDigital ArtsCoreInteractivity for Games

 

Year 2  (Level 5)

  Semester 1Semester 2
  CoreSerious Game DesignCoreImmersion & Atmosphere in Games
  CoreAdvanced Level DesignCoreTeam Production
  OpAudio for Games designOp3D Production
  OpProfessional Experience 1OpProfessional Experience 1

 

Year 3 (Level 6)

  Semester 1Semester 2
  CoreMajor Project: Game Design
  CoreProduct, Pitch & PresentationCoreEmployability for Games Design
  OpInteractive Media ExperimentationOpCreative Media Practice
  OpProfessional Experience 2OpProfessional Experience 2