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Games Design (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
1 year
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 01/06/2020

Games Design Top-Up  BA (Hons) is structured to prepare students to become Game Designers with practical application taking precedence over theoretical work. You will be expected to already have a good working knowledge of Game Engines, Art packages and design theory.

You will join current third year Games Design BA students to work on a number of portfolio-based projects and a substantive personal project. You will be able to share your experiences with current students and collaborate on team projects.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Course

Highlights

  • Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories, including Wacom Cintiqs and Wacom Intuos
  • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs
  • Guest lectures from industry specialists, previous talks include Rare, Splash Damage, Codemasters, Ubisoft, Lockwood Publishing, Sony and FreeStyle Games
  • Yearly group projects, which allow for a real-life games development experience
  • Industry experienced tutors

HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

Additional

Information

Games industry events

Game Design students often have opportunity to work with students from across the programmes at Game Jam events such as Brains Eden, where this year we had two winning teams!

Course Details

What you’ll learn on Games Design (Top-Up)

We will give you creative skills, technical software skills and industry knowledge, which are all required by leading games developers. You will produce a personal portfolio of your work to reflect industry and professional practice needs, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts.

Read more

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Contacts

Course Enquiries

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. Applicants are expected to have completed a HND, DipHE or FdA in traditional art and design, computing, graphics or a related subject area.

All selected applicants will be invited for a portfolio review and discussion. International students may submit their portfolio electronically.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Course Content

In order to achieve the named award above students must meet all requirements of this award map.

This Award is only available as a stage 3 course. For students entering this award, general credit for the pre-requisite modules is covered by completion of a relevant Diploma award or equivalent.

  • Art Director Portfolio, Final Major Project (60 Credits)
    Module code: 3DD4009
    Core Module Y
  • Design Innovation (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY3044
    Core Module Y
  • Professional Practice in Games (20 Credits)
    Module code: 3DD3038
    Core Module Y
  • Group Project 3 (Games) (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY3031
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories, including Wacom Cintiqs and Wacom Intuos
  • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs
  • Guest lectures, providing the opportunity to meet with industry specialists. Recent visitors have included: Rare, Splash Damage, Codemasters, Ubisoft, Lockwood Publishing, Sony and FreeStyle Games.
  • Yearly group projects, which allow for a real-life games development experience
  • Industry experienced staff.

Research

Research at the University of Northampton

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Fees & Funding

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £13,750

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,750

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

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Waterside

Our new £330 million campus.

  • Designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.
  • Full range of integrated learning environments.
  • 24/7 library and learning zone.
  • Low environmental impact.

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Updated 01/06/2020

  • Games Design Top-Up  BA (Hons) is structured to prepare students to become Game Designers with practical application taking precedence over theoretical work. You will be expected to already have a good working knowledge of Game Engines, Art packages and design theory.

    You will join current third year Games Design BA students to work on a number of portfolio-based projects and a substantive personal project. You will be able to share your experiences with current students and collaborate on team projects.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories, including Wacom Cintiqs and Wacom Intuos
    • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs
    • Guest lectures from industry specialists, previous talks include Rare, Splash Damage, Codemasters, Ubisoft, Lockwood Publishing, Sony and FreeStyle Games
    • Yearly group projects, which allow for a real-life games development experience
    • Industry experienced tutors

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

  • What you’ll learn on Games Design (Top-Up)

    We will give you creative skills, technical software skills and industry knowledge, which are all required by leading games developers. You will produce a personal portfolio of your work to reflect industry and professional practice needs, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Games industry events

    Game Design students often have opportunity to work with students from across the programmes at Game Jam events such as Brains Eden, where this year we had two winning teams!

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. Applicants are expected to have completed a HND, DipHE or FdA in traditional art and design, computing, graphics or a related subject area.

    All selected applicants will be invited for a portfolio review and discussion. International students may submit their portfolio electronically.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course Enquiries

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • In order to achieve the named award above students must meet all requirements of this award map.

    This Award is only available as a stage 3 course. For students entering this award, general credit for the pre-requisite modules is covered by completion of a relevant Diploma award or equivalent.

    • Art Director Portfolio, Final Major Project (60 Credits)
      Module code: 3DD4009
      Core Module Y
    • Design Innovation (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY3044
      Core Module Y
    • Professional Practice in Games (20 Credits)
      Module code: 3DD3038
      Core Module Y
    • Group Project 3 (Games) (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY3031
      Core Module Y

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    • Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories, including Wacom Cintiqs and Wacom Intuos
    • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs
    • Guest lectures, providing the opportunity to meet with industry specialists. Recent visitors have included: Rare, Splash Damage, Codemasters, Ubisoft, Lockwood Publishing, Sony and FreeStyle Games.
    • Yearly group projects, which allow for a real-life games development experience
    • Industry experienced staff.
    • Research at the University of Northampton

      We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £13,750

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,750

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

*Course data provided by Unistats

Is this course
for you?

Apply Now

Waterside

Our new £330 million campus.

360 Virtual Tour

Virtual tour