This year will take you through fundamental games design processes and the technical foundations of 2D and 3D programming, as well as planning. You’ll share theoretical units with students on the Games Arts course.
You’ll dive straight into learning the practical skills of creating games, and be introduced to key digital art and design workflows, complementing your technical skills with which you’ll develop ideas.
You’ll gain a solid grounding in gaming systems and platforms, the system architecture of these platforms and their similarities.
This unit introduces you to key digital art and design skills to complement your technical skills with which you’ll develop ideas into assets for computer games. You'll learn how to approach problems creatively using a range of sources for inspiration and reference. Your outcomes will demonstrate your conceptual approach, a range of design skills and technical understanding.
This unit introduces you to the fundamentals of digital systems and programming for computer games; it is explicitly technical and specialist being specific to the BSc (Hons) Games Technology course. You will gain a solid grounding in gaming systems and platforms, the system architecture of these platforms and the similarities between these. You'll be introduced to fundamental mathematics for computing before moving on to Procedural and Object-Orientated Programming. You'll also demonstrate your technical understanding through this unit by producing simple games.
This unit introduces you to interaction through the fundamental concepts of gameplay, computer games design, and computer games scripting and coding. You'll produce outcomes that demonstrate your technical and conceptual skills through exploration of game interaction.
Moving Image Culture: Understanding and Interpretation
This unit introduces you to a range of key concepts central to an understanding of historical and contemporary moving image culture, with a focus on video games and the history of their theorisation. Exploring influential video game examples and relevant theoretical and critical writings, you will analyse the cultural and artistic contexts in which the medium has been theorised, produced and played. You will also become familiar with the technological developments and conceptual transformations, before and after the so called digital shift, establishing a firm understanding of the technical and intellectual changes that have influenced the development of the video game as a medium.
Year 2 will build upon your planning, design and prototyping skills. You’ll start to specialise in a defined area, and continue to undertake shared units with students on the Games Arts course.
As the course progresses, you’ll develop your practical skills further in the programming language C++ alongside contextual studies.
Through this unit you will further build on your knowledge of digital systems and the programming skills you gained in Year 1. Specifically, you will be introduced to C++ gaining understanding of its key concepts and features and demonstrating your understanding in response to briefs. Complementing the explicitly technical focus of this unit you are encouraged to be creative – your work may be entrepreneurial or speculative, you might look beyond gaming for entertainment to areas like ‘serious games’ or ‘games as art’.
This unit introduces you to contemporary games production practices and workflows. The first part introduces the process of making a game environment and the roles of those involved, specifically you will learn game environment production techniques and workflows. In groups and in response to the unit brief you will create a prototype, you will do this in an iterative fashion as you would in contemporary game production practice. The second part challenges the group to successfully pitch a game concept, then develop a game prototype or ‘vertical slice’. Each member of your group will need to specialise in a specific area appropriate to their skills and interests, however all members should be involved in the production.
Gaming in Contemporary Culture
This unit explores concepts and issues central to the historical, theoretical and aesthetic dimensions of the gaming practice. It critically examines the position of computer games and gamers within culture and society, exploring gaming's relationship to gender, ethnicity, conflict and capital, before turning a critical eye inwards to discuss ludology and its attendant concepts, including immersion, procedural rhetoric and cyber-individualism.
Your third year will introduce you to the economics and management of the industry, as well as copyright, patents and legal concerns.
You’ll combine your programming and designing skills with the critical thinking and cultural contexts you have learned to produce.
You’ll exhibit your final games prototypes, alongside submitting your dissertation.
Final Major Project: Pre-production
This extended period of study allows you to develop a significant body of work either individually or in a group that demonstrates your skills, interests and your aspiration for your future role within the games industry. You'll begin this unit by developing a project proposal through which you will define the concept, scope, audience, and purpose of your Final Major Project, you will present this through a pitch to your tutors and peers. Alongside this proposal you will produce a detailed production schedule committing to project milestones.
Final Major Project
In this unit you will build upon the work you have undertaken in the previous unit to produce a fully resolved body of work, you will do this either individually or as part of a team. This unit represents the culmination of your study of Games Technology at UCA. Through it you will demonstrate your creativity, skill, knowledge and understanding of recognised games industry practices and pipelines producing outcomes to a professional standard.
You'll undertake a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
- International students - £14,880 (full early payment fee)
The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.
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These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
Farnham is ideally located ten miles west of Guildford, described as ‘the Hollywood of video games’ by the Guardian. We value our links to local AAA studios, including Lionhead and Electronic Arts (EA), but also value and nurture an entrepreneurial indie attitude through which we can challenge convention and inform the future of gaming.