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Games Design (2 years)

2 Years
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The University of Bolton was one of the first in the country to offer games-based courses and our experience covers games programming, games design and games art. We have over 11 years experience in the delivery of dedicated games courses.
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Why study this course

The University of Bolton was one of the first in the country to offer games-based courses and our experience covers games programming, games design and games art. We have over 11 years experience in the delivery of dedicated games courses. We have a large number of staff who are passionate about games and dedicated to teaching the subject. Our team includes a balance of academic and industrial experience. Members of the team have worked in AAA studios, have run their own studios, have authored books and are conducting international-facing research. The programme covers games analysis and games design, platforms and technologies, content production, testing, usability and playability, sales and marketing, and games production. It provides a broad study of games, with an emphasis on innovation, design and creativity rather than the programming and technical aspects. The focus is team-based projects, with regular critique sessions with your peers and members of the games team. You will be taught by enthusiastic staff who actually play games! In addition, our staff include industry experts who know exactly what is required for a career in games design. Our facilities include dedicated games labs including quad processor PCs installed with current games development environments, state-of-the-art 3D graphics cards, XBOX 360s and Playstation 3s ensuring you have access to the tools you need to create a high quality portfolio of work ready to impress potential employers.


Deane Road


Greater Manchester


United Kingdom

More about this course

If you do not meet the entry requirements to start on our BSc (Hons) degree, the HND offers you the opportunity to begin your university studies. On successful completion of the HND you may be invited to top-up to the BSc (Hons) Games Design by an additional 12 months of study, if places are available. In this case you would normally complete your degree by studying for a total of 3 years. Our games design course complements our other games programmes and you will benefit from working alongside our more technical and artistic students.

Modular structure

The course includes the following modules: LEVEL 1: Introduction to Level Design, Mechanics and Metrics; Sound for Games; Introduction to Games Programming; Scholarship; Introduction to 3D CG. LEVEL 2: Intermediate Games Scripting; Advanced Level Design; Intermediate 3D for Games; Portfolio Project; Games Narratives; Employability and Enterprise.

Skills and experience gained

This course will develop your ability to clearly articulate an idea from concept through production and on to the final product. We offer practical experience with the tools game designers use in the industry as well as exposing you to games design practices. We will support you as you work individually to create your portfolio and the project elements of the course will help you develop those all important team-working and communication skills. We strongly encourage our students to practice their skills outside of the course in order to enhance their personal portfolios and impress potential employers. This course will enable you to work independently, develop your creativity, understand commercial markets, develop your teamwork and communication skills, enable you to develop concepts and respond to briefs, and also develop your project management and problem solving techniques.

After the course

This highly practical course will give you the opportunity to develop a high quality body of work that will serve as evidence of your skills and creativity in games design. The effort you put into generating this portfolio demonstrates your commitment to the course and your future career. Our experience shows that students creating high quality portfolios are more likely to gain a merit/distinction profile in their HND and secure a job in this very competitive industry. Our many graduates who have secured positions as designers have reported that our emphasis on portfolio development definitely helped them secure their first positions. Our graduates can initially expect to secure jobs as junior designers, level designers or in quality assurance. They are also well placed to take advantage of the increasing number of opportunities in the new media and creative industries.
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