Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

This broad-based degree gives you the opportunity to combine two passions. You gain a comprehensive understanding of business concepts and models, along with specialist knowledge of games design.

You study business organisation, management, leadership and enterprise combined with specialist modules in games design. The games designer makes great ideas become real, designing the rules and structure of a game.

It involves working with many different people, understanding the roles of specialists who need to work together to create games. You develop design skills alongside an appreciation of game mechanics and its relationship to game play, including conceptual, story, character, level and visual design. You also study game engines and industry technologies and compare their capabilities.

 

Course details

Year 1 is mainly tutor-led. We provide you with the necessary underpinning to help you build your broad business knowledge and skills. You study and analyse computer games and computer games development, and the contemporary and historical issues affecting the games industry and wider society. You explore key business and management concepts as well as those in your specialist area. You examine the pre-production stages of game and level design with a strong focus on game mechanics and their role in designing an engaging and immersive gaming experience. You look at how to manage projects from pre-production, through to production, delivery and project closure. Develop your knowledge and understanding of techniques for project scoping, project planning, budgeting and project software, whilst gaining an understanding of the role of the project manager throughout the project process.

Year 2 takes a more student-led approach with an emphasis on exploring your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning. During this year you develop a broader international perspective to the study of business. As well as studying four core business modules, including a module where you gain practical work experience through a self-identified project, you also explore design theories, interactivity, accessibility, rational navigation and interface psychology. You examine the history of a chosen area and explore key events which have helped develop the technology into its current format. The future trajectory, best practices and associated uses of such a technology are investigated in relation to trends both inside and outside of games. You explore the design and production of gameplay missions, why people play games, what makes them fun and how this knowledge can be applied to add depth and playability to level design. You also study new trends and business models for games development and look at turning a digital concept into an attractive business proposal in order to acquire funding and investment. You explore funding models including micro-transactions, crowd funding and early access models.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. You investigate and evaluate emerging trends in computer games using critical, cultural and contextual studies. You examine the various platforms of game publishing and distribution, looking at the various procedures and methods involved in getting your game to market in the modern games industry. This includes studio-based practical sessions, seminars, tutorials and individual work. You develop professional skills relating to the production of new business proposals in the field of games, including the marketing/funding pitch for a concept.

Finally, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project through the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Enterprise

Business Finance

Game Design and Mechanics

This module introduces you to the core theories involved in designing games. You examine the pre-production stages of game and level design with a strong focus on game mechanics and their role in designing an engaging and immersive gaming experience.

You develop creative design documentation, plans and diagrams which communicate gameplay, layout and concepts as simply and visually as possible.

Game Production and Project Management

You consider a broad range of skills and methods used in effective project management. And you focus on the role of the project manager in the day-to-day management of teams and production.

You look at how to manage projects from pre-production, through to production, delivery and project closure. You develop your knowledge and understanding of techniques for project scoping, project planning, budgeting and project software, whilst developing an understanding of the role of the project manager throughout the project process.

You are introduced to tools for project management such as standard project management and task management software including cloud-based solutions for collaboration.

Games Prototyping

Learn the core principles and workflows of iterative development processes behind creating games in a contemporary games engine. Prototyping your ideas will result in the most robust and enjoyable gaming experience.

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Agile Management

Games Business & Marketing

Focusing on the business and marketing aspects of the games industry, you study new trends and business models for games development and look at turning a digital concept into an attractive business proposal in order to acquire funding and investment. You also examine marketing and how to set up a business as an individual. A variety of methods on how to establish and sustain your personal and product profile will be explored.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Journeyman

You work in a team to produce a game experience within a current game engine. This provides you with experience of working within a production environment, and also with an opportunity to target specific production skills within your chosen field of study.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.

 

Final-year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Data Visualisation

Data Visualisation enables you to develop practical skills in using industry-standard hardware and software to develop reconstructions appropriate to the requirements of such diverse disciplines as medicine, forensics, astronomy, archaeology, geology and climatology. The technologies involved in tools for the acquisition of spatial and scientific data are reviewed with their influence on visualisation discussed.

Information Governance

You identify the goals of information governance, from protecting the needs of the stakeholder to ensuring the transparency of processes and how these link together to support data governance principles such as integrity, transparency, auditability, accountability, standardization and change management.
You study a range of governance topics including law, regulations, and compliance; security governance and risk management; security for cloud architectures and issues around 3rd party data storage.

Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership

You are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively lead change in business and enterprise. You will consider macro environment and contemporary issues, specifically relating to leading change, leading and implementing strategy and leading commercial development. You identify personal leadership qualities and skills and improvement strategies which will promote change and organisational development.

 

and one optional module

Computing Project

You complete a large scale piece of work, under the supervision of an academic staff member. You produce a substantial artefact relating to the computing field, and complete your report and viva consisting of a presentation, demonstration and discussion of the artefact.

You are guided to develop an appropriate sense of work-discipline coupled with a professional outlook. You take responsibility for the planning and execution of an extended piece of work including the consideration of associated legal, social, ethical and professional issues. You are able to explore in depth a chosen subject area, and thereby demonstrate your ability to analyse, synthesise, and creatively apply what has already been studied on the programme while demonstrating critical and evaluative skills and professional awareness.


Dissertation

Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, work-based activities and group work. Teaching staff use a range of web-based technologies to deliver content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with you.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a variety of ways, including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.


Our Disability Services team helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent) in maths and English.

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Our students progress to a range of businesses and sectors, securing roles from general business manager to digital marketing executive, international business representative to social entrepreneur, and new business adviser.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that make you more interesting to employers in the job market in the years to come.

This course helps you to develop your employability skills in addition to your subject knowledge. Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge, plus the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure industry year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Work placement

Between Year 2 and your final year, you have the chance to spend a year in industry on placement, or study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you can proceed on to the final year.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)
  • UCAS code: NI62 BA/BGD
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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  • Not available part-time
 

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