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Games Development - FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0042-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2/3 Years

Students develop a range of theoretical and practical skills that are needed within the games industry.

This course develops students’ understanding of a range of game development techniques within Years 1 and 2 - allowing students to specialise in the development of specific types of asset in the third year.

Key features

  • Up-to-date industry software
  • Close links with games companies
  • Industry-experienced staff
  • The course has recently been further developed in response to industry feedback
  • Optional third year to gain BA (Hons) Degree in Game Asset Development

Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

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In the first year, you will gain fundamental skills relating to games design and development - including programming, developing 2D graphics, 3D modelling and game design theory. These skills are further extended in the second year, using industry-standard tools and technologies to gain practical experience of building a range of multimedia assets and prototype games. In the optional third year, you will focus on the development of particular types of asset, such as modelling, level design, coding, animation or sound – working with other students to build game prototypes from these assets.

PCs in the teaching rooms are regularly updated with a range of industry-standard software. Students also have access to flexible learning areas where they can seek support from specialist staff for a range of software applications, publications and databases.

Staff have links to a number of regionally based companies such as Mind Candy, Creative Assembly, Brightrock Games and Nearlight.

Year 1 modules
Programming for games
3D modelling for games
Designing graphics for games
Development of professional practice
Principles of game design
Individual project

Year 2 modules
Applied programming for games
Applied modelling techniques for games
Environment development for games
3D animation for games
Collaborative project

Year 3
On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, you can progress to the third year top-up course to gain the BA (Hons) Game Asset Development. Go to Year 3 page



On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the optional third year BA (Hons) Game Asset Development, or enter employment. 

Potential careers

  • Games development (modelling/asset creation/coding)
  • Testing 
  • Web design 
  • Graphic design 
  • Software development

Examples of recent graduate employment

  • Environment Artist at acclaimed studio Splash Damage
  • Build engineer at Creative Assembly 
  • Freelance 3D artist and lecturer


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