Computer Games Design (BSc Hons)

Computer Games Design

BSc (Hons)

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Benefit from our links to companies all over the world to launch your career in this exciting industry.

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Unique opportunities

Game-changing experiences

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Showcase your work to employers and industry insiders at our very own exhibitions, COMX and GAMEX.

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Visit international games events, such as Eurogamer, EGX Rezzed, Comicon and Digital Bristol.

PlayStation First.

Global industry links: We're a CompTIA Authorised Academy, PlayStation First members and are TIGA- affiliated.

Latest Generation

Access state-of-the-art tech in our brand new computing suites.

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Learn From Industry Experts

Andre Van Rooijen

Andre Van Rooijen

Academic Course Leader in Computer Games Design.

"Originally I trained as a traditional painter and sculptor but I went on to work on the design and development of computer games for clients such as Adidas, Sony and Intel. I spent more than 15 years in the industry.

As an Artist and Art Director, I have produced visual designs and coached art teams working on both original ideas and licensed products across all the major interactive platforms.

I don't think there are many things more exciting than working in a multi-disciplinary team of passionate game developers - except for the sensation of being in a store and seeing a kid walk up to the till with the game you worked on for months!"

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Course Details

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Course outline

Create your own computer games and take them to market. Gain the contacts and expertise to make a unique game and sell it as part of a successful business plan. Learn through practical experience, supporting lectures and workshops. Lecturers have worked for organisations such as Microsoft, Content Master and Headstrong Games.  You'll develop the design, technical and business skills needed to develop interactive games for different platforms and devices. You'll develop interactive games for product promotion and demonstration as well as training purposes.

Core topics include graphics, animation, 3D modelling, game play, programming, audio and video, interactive design, psychology, multiplayer and collaborative working and networks. Using industry-standard software (Adobe CC, Autodesk 3DS Max, CryENGINE, UDK and Unity Game Engine), you'll design worlds, levels, characters and plots.  Work with consoles, PCs, the web, mobile devices and digital TV. Through our membership of the PlayStation First Academic Programme, you’ll have access to™ and PlayStation®Mobile(PSM), PlayStation®3 (PS3™) PlayStation®Vita and PlayStation®4 (PS4™). You'll do valuable work experience. Current graduates work for Dyson, Sky, Illuma Studios and Serious Games Institute.

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Study style

Learn through practical experience with supporting lectures and workshops. Explore graphics, animation, concept art, 3D modelling, programming, interactive design, psychology and multiplayer. Design worlds, levels, characters and plots.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement information

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

Industry links

As a COMPTIA Authorised Academy and a TIGA-affiliated course, this degree has strong industry links across the world. This includes Microsoft, IBM, The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), University of Southern California, Headstrong Games, Codemasters, Rancon, Eurogamer, Comicon and Digital Bristol.


  • Games artist
  • Level designer
  • Games programmer
  • Games tester
  • Web developer
  • Software developer

Study mode

Full-Time or Placement


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media, International Year One Art, Design and Media and Integrated Programme.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeI62A
BSc (Hons) - 4 years placementI62C

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