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Computer Games Design BSc (Hons)

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Park, Cheltenham

Course overview

Embark on an exhilarating journey to master the art of game creation across various platforms – from console to desktop and mobile. This course immerses you in real-world business scenarios while learning under the guidance of industry-seasoned lecturers. These experts hail from AAA studios and boast extensive experience in AR, VR, mobile app, and software development.

Our animation & games design courses are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

Delve into your passion within game design and development, whether it’s 3D modelling, level design, UX, or animation. You’ll adopt industry best practices and methodologies such as rapid prototyping, agile scrum, and playtesting. This hands-on approach provides invaluable experience, both individually and in collaborative teams, working alongside games programmers and artists on projects spanning from indie games for iOS and Android to larger-scale productions.

Innovate in cutting-edge learning environments. Our computing suites house top-notch hardware: Sony and Nintendo development kits, VR headsets, PlayStation VR, HoloLens, Motion Capture suite, 3D printers, and more. With industry-standard software like Adobe CC, Unreal, Unity, and others, you’ll lead the technological front.

In partnership with Tiga, this course is acclaimed for its industry-aligned curriculum, preparing graduates with the skills required in a rapidly evolving and competitive sector.

Explore the option of a year-long industry placement, fortified by portfolio-building and professional practice modules. This unique opportunity opens doors to real-world experiences with leading studios like Unity and Rebellion, offering internships that pave the way for a successful career in the gaming industry.

One standout feature of this course is its unique approach to game production, blending creative vision with technical proficiency. Gain the skills necessary to bring your ideas to life, from initial concepts to polished products, utilizing industry-standard production methodologies. Delve into game engines like Unity and Unreal, unlocking sought-after knowledge applicable across diverse industry sectors—from architectural visualization and product development to film, AR, and VR.

Immerse yourself in an educational journey that prioritizes hands-on learning, backed by dedicated lecturers who stay by your side throughout workshops, fostering relationships and nurturing talent. Dive deep into a comprehensive array of subjects covering graphics, animation, concept art, 3D modelling, interactive design, player psychology, and multiplayer dynamics. This holistic approach empowers you to craft game mechanics, narratives, levels, and captivating characters.

Experience the pulse of the thriving games sector firsthand through live briefs, games conferences, end-of-year shows, and exciting field trips both within the UK and abroad, enriching your learning beyond the confines of the classroom.

Join us and embark on a transformative journey where theory meets practice, where creativity meets technical expertise, and where your passion for gaming finds a vibrant and innovative platform for growth and exploration.

This course is available to study with an integrated foundation year – an extra, introductory year at the beginning of the full degree. If you don’t meet the stated entry requirements or you’re returning to education, it could be a great option that enables you to study this course.

As well as an introduction to your subject, it will help you to develop valuable study skills, and communication, teamwork and problem-solving techniques, giving you the confidence and skills set you need to progress.

If you’re applying to study as an international student, an integrated foundation year can also support you to improve your English language skills alongside your studies.

To apply for this course with an integrated foundation year, select the ‘With foundation year’ study type from the options at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

This course offers flexibility in location, providing the option to study either at University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus, or at the cutting-edge Swindon Institute of Technology (SAWIOT).

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Entry requirements

    • 104 UCAS tariff points, BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham Variable* Variable*
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham Variable* Variable*

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Take part in an exciting opportunity in the gaming industry with UoG’s Computer Games Design course. This program is highly regarded for its COMPTIA Authorisation and TIGA accreditation, offering a range of potential career paths including Games Designer, Level Designer, Games Artist, Games Tester, Indie Developer, and Mobile Designer.

Our course stands out due to its strong connections within the global gaming industry. Collaborations with industry giants such as Microsoft, IBM, The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the University of Southern California and gaming studios such as Headstrong Games and Codemasters, Eurogamer, Comicon and Digital Bristol. This combination of academic excellence and industry exposure equips you with the skills and connections necessary to succeed in the dynamic and creative field of computer games design.

Learn with a COMPTIA-authorised Academy

Be a step ahead with an industry-recognised TIGA affiliated degree. You’ll acquire industry-standard skills and credentials, accessing high quality resources and professional expertise. You can also choose to specialise in an area that suits your career aspirations.

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Share your work with industry professionals

Sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the British Computer Society (BCS), is our exciting final year exhibition that’s been running for 10 years. You’ll showcase your technical, aesthetic and project management skills with games, multimedia and computing projects. The exhibition attracts a wide audience of professionals from big IT businesses.

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Visit international games events and enter global competitions

Visit Eurogamer, EGX Rezzed, Comicon and Digital Bristol. All are great learning and networking opportunities. Enter the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Present Around The World competition – our students have reached the international finals. You can also enter our local Games Jam events. These are held twice a year and broadcast live on the web.

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Ranked 6th in the UK for student and teaching satisfaction

Our animation & games design courses are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.


  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I've always had a passion for video games"

“The University of Gloucestershire was recommended to me by a friend who had already graduated from the Computer Games Design course. I went with their recommendation and never looked back. Now I have left university I work as a software developer for Squint Opera, a creative studio and production house – I also did a placement with them in my final year. We develop a wide range of applications for clients and have offices all over the world. I was able to get this job because my placement opened the door for me and the skills I learnt on the course meant I could demonstrate how I would benefit their business.”

Richard Webb, graduate

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