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 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. You study and analyse computer games and computer games development, and the contemporary and historical issues affecting the games industry and wider society.

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

Modules for this course will appear here soon.

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.

Timetabling information
As a full-time student your timetabled hours are between Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. On Wednesdays the latest you will be timetabled is until 1.00pm. Hours of attendance vary between 12 hours and 20 hours per week. Part-time undergraduate students are required to attend during the same days and times as full-time students but for only a proportion of the time, dependant on the modules being taken. Module choices are discussed with course tutors during the enrolment and induction period. Further details are automatically sent to applicants due to enrol this year.

Your full teaching timetable for Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year should be available from 1 September 2018. Standard University term dates can be found here.


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

Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

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 social media executive, international business representative to social entrepreneur, and retail manager to 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.

 
 

Full-time

Entry to 2018/19 academic year

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

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Fee for non UK/EU applicants
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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
  • Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS

 

Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 

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Benefit from work placements, live projects, accredited courses

 

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