In Year 1, you will learn the fundamentals of programming using C++ for engine creation, develop your games design and development skills using the industry's leading games engines, and apply rapid games prototyping skills for designing and demonstrating your own innovative game ideas. During this year, the work covered will take you from concept generation to gameplay prototype using visual scripting, C# and C++ both in existing engines and by developing your own coding frameworks. No prior coding or games engine knowledge is required, just a passion for wanting to create your own games.
In Year 2, you’ll work on a collaborative group project as a junior member of a full development team. You will expand your knowledge of using games engines to develop games and continue to enhance your programming skills in C++ and C#. Optional modules allow you to develop skills for 2D/3D asset creation, 3D graphics programming, UI and level design. In this year, you will have the opportunity to design and develop your own full indie game title using industry-standard production methods and advanced engine and programming techniques.
In Year 3, you will work as a senior or lead member of a development team on a collaborative game. You’ll also design and develop your own individual project, learn and apply artificial intelligence techniques, and refine your skills in options for production, design or programming. By this stage, you will have designed and developed numerous game concepts and prototypes, expanded your knowledge of the games production pipeline and worked in groups to develop vertical slices of high-quality industry-style games.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.