Our Computer Games Design and Development Foundation Degree programme is an exciting two-year course based in Bristol at our UniversityCentre Wise campus. The course is focused on providing you with the relevant skills to become a computer game designer and developer.
This foundation degree programme will develop professional skills required to create innovative and captivating game content. You will also gain valuable knowledge on how to succeed in the games industry using industry-standard software, methods, and pipelines.Software used includes Unreal Engine game development software; Visual Studios integrated development environment software; Perforce version control software and Ableton audio editing software.
Within the course, you will focus on well-established technical elements of game. You will develop your principles, theories and practices of game design and development skills with the intent on applying these to related elements, such as scripting; programming and user experience & interface. Complementing this learning, you will study emerging and specialist areas within the games industry, providing you with insight into the latest trends, preparing you skillset for Jobs now and in the future.
Combining creativity with emerging and established technology, you will be part of a foundation degree offering innovation, imagination, and employability at its heart.
Once you have completed this two-year Computer Games Design and Development Foundation Degree programme you can top-up your qualification by completing our BA (Hons) Game Art and Production.
The Computer Games Design and Development Foundation Degree programme is split into 9 modules over two years. Year 1 will ground you in technical design, development and production; alongside, scripting & programming and the fundamentals of game design and development. Year 2 builds on the skills learned and extends your knowledge base. You will tackle advanced game design and development practices; alongside extended scripting & programming and augmented or virtual reality production.
Studying at our University Centre
We have dedicated specialist tutors and smaller class sizes offering you the support you need to help develop at the pace that’s right for you. Alongside this, we have opportunities for industry professionals providing bespoke lectures within different disciplines.
Get Kraken, our in-house studio offers an exciting opportunity for you to work in a real studio alongside your studies. If selected, you will become part of the team designing and developing a game to be released in the 2nd year of the course!
We are part of Bristol Academy of Media (BAM) so can offer collaboration between the two subject areas: Games and Media. This helps expand the reach of the course and provides the opportunity to learn about the wider avenues surrounding the technologies used.
Alongside your study you will have the opportunity to get involved in our Sports Academy. Whether you're a top-level athlete or you just want to give something a go, you can get involved with our sports academies, the competing arm of SGS Sport. Students can 'bolt on' a sports academy alongside their full-time study programme.
Understanding the Games Industry
The games industry is rapidly growing globally. Within the UK, over 44 million people play video games; the industry employs over 47,000 people; and is worth upwards of £4 billion. On completion of the course you can top up to get a BA (Hons) in Game Art andProduction or work within the games industry as a freelancer, indie developer, or in a AAA company. Previous students now work for Auroch Digital, FlamingFowl Studios, Flix Interactive, DoubleEleven and many more.
Jobs within the Games Industry include:
· Audio Programmer
· Character Artist
· Community Manager
· Concept Artist
· Environment Artist
· Game Programmer
· Gameplay Designer
· Games Publisher
· Lead Game Designer
· Level Designer
· Music Composer
· Producer/Assistant Producer
· QA Tester
· Sound Design & Foley Artist
· Texturing Artist
· Technical Artist
· User Experience Designer
· User Interface Designer
· VFX Artist