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Games Programming HND

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
2 years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 01/06/2020

If you’re interested in developing computer games from scratch, and are interested in the expanding and exciting industry of Games Programming, then apply for this innovative programme.

You’ll mostly focus on the programming side of computer games, with some exposure to the entire lifecycle of computer game production. We will give you the opportunity to put your theory into practice in our computer lab.

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

  • Strong industry links
  • Opportunities to enter national games competitions
  • Course trips to games companies and events.
  • Opportunity to top-up HND after completion.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Additional

Information

Need further information?

For further information, come to our next Open Day or contact our enquiries team at
study@northampton.ac.uk.

Course Details

Studying Games Programming will give you the knowledge and skills you need to begin a successful career in the computer games industry as a computer games programmer or continue your studies.

You will focus on the programming side of computer games as well as the entire lifecycle of computer games development from the initial idea through to the final release stage.

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Careers

Recent graduates have progressed onto the BSc (Hons) course and then further onto postgraduate study. Many graduates have entered into a number of different Games Programming sectors including software development as well as graphics and visualisation.

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

 

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. Equivalences are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 9 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

For information on how to apply to study with us, 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.

Course Content

  • Fundamentals of Computing Systems (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1043
    Core Module Y
  • Video Games Architecture and Optimisation (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1044
    Core Module Y
  • Game Techniques 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1024
    Core Module Y
  • Problem Solving & Programming (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1020
    Core Module Y
  • Group Project 1 (Games) (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1025
    Core Module Y
  • Databases 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1026
    Core Module Y

Reading List

  • “The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer From First Principles” – by Noam Nisan and Shimon Schocken, ISBN-10: 0262640686, Publisher: MIT Press (25 January 2008).
  • “Modelling Computing Systems” – Faron Moller and Georg Struth, ISBN-10: 9781848003217, Publisher: Springer, 2013 Edition (24 July 2013).
  • “Programming Distributed Computing Systems: A Foundational Approach” – Carlos A. Varela, ISBN-10: 0262018985, Publisher: MIT Press (18 June 2013).

Read more

Facilities &

Special Features

  • Strong industry links (Unity3D, UE4, Jagex, CinderUK, Evil27 Games) with internship opportunities
  • Opportunities for entry to national games competitions (“Off the Map”, “Make Something Unreal”, “Dare to be Digital”,  Aarvark Swift – “Search for a Star”)
  • Opportunities for course trips to games companies, and national gaming events (EuroGamer, GamesCity)
  • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs
  • Up-to-date games programming/development software (Unity3D, Unreal Engine 4, Microsoft C#, Microsoft C++, Microsoft Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code)
  • Yearly group projects, which allow for a real life games development experience.

Further your study

Games Programming BSc (Hons)

Once you successfully complete the HND, under the condition of proven satisfactory performance during your HND years of study, can progress onto the Games Programming BSc (Hons).

Fees & Funding

20/21 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
Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

Additional Costs

EGX Rezzed Games convention: £20 (annually)

19/20 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
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

20/21 Tuition Fees

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

International: £12,900

Additional Costs

EGX Rezzed Games convention: £20 (annually)

19/20 Tuition Fees

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

International: £12,500

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…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

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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Laptops, Trips and Internships.

We offer our students the following benefits included within tuition fees.

A HP laptop*
Funded travel and accommodation on compulsory trips
Paid internships via the Northampton Employment Promise
Free Microsoft Office and Windows 10
Free Sports clubs and societies
*Terms and conditions apply

Student study perks

The most comprehensive student support package in the UK.

Discover our perks

Updated 01/06/2020

  • If you’re interested in developing computer games from scratch, and are interested in the expanding and exciting industry of Games Programming, then apply for this innovative programme.

    You’ll mostly focus on the programming side of computer games, with some exposure to the entire lifecycle of computer game production. We will give you the opportunity to put your theory into practice in our computer lab.

    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

    • Strong industry links
    • Opportunities to enter national games competitions
    • Course trips to games companies and events.
    • Opportunity to top-up HND after completion.
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • Studying Games Programming will give you the knowledge and skills you need to begin a successful career in the computer games industry as a computer games programmer or continue your studies.

    You will focus on the programming side of computer games as well as the entire lifecycle of computer games development from the initial idea through to the final release stage.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Need further information?

    For further information, come to our next Open Day or contact our enquiries team at
    study@northampton.ac.uk.

    • Recent graduates have progressed onto the BSc (Hons) course and then further onto postgraduate study. Many graduates have entered into a number of different Games Programming sectors including software development as well as graphics and visualisation.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. Equivalences are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 9 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, 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

    • Fundamentals of Computing Systems (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1043
      Core Module Y
    • Video Games Architecture and Optimisation (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1044
      Core Module Y
    • Game Techniques 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1024
      Core Module Y
    • Problem Solving & Programming (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1020
      Core Module Y
    • Group Project 1 (Games) (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1025
      Core Module Y
    • Databases 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1026
      Core Module Y

    Reading List

    • “The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer From First Principles” – by Noam Nisan and Shimon Schocken, ISBN-10: 0262640686, Publisher: MIT Press (25 January 2008).
    • “Modelling Computing Systems” – Faron Moller and Georg Struth, ISBN-10: 9781848003217, Publisher: Springer, 2013 Edition (24 July 2013).
    • “Programming Distributed Computing Systems: A Foundational Approach” – Carlos A. Varela, ISBN-10: 0262018985, Publisher: MIT Press (18 June 2013).

    Read more

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    • Strong industry links (Unity3D, UE4, Jagex, CinderUK, Evil27 Games) with internship opportunities
    • Opportunities for entry to national games competitions (“Off the Map”, “Make Something Unreal”, “Dare to be Digital”,  Aarvark Swift – “Search for a Star”)
    • Opportunities for course trips to games companies, and national gaming events (EuroGamer, GamesCity)
    • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs
    • Up-to-date games programming/development software (Unity3D, Unreal Engine 4, Microsoft C#, Microsoft C++, Microsoft Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code)
    • Yearly group projects, which allow for a real life games development experience.
    • Games Programming BSc (Hons)

      Once you successfully complete the HND, under the condition of proven satisfactory performance during your HND years of study, can progress onto the Games Programming BSc (Hons).

  • 20/21 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
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    EGX Rezzed Games convention: £20 (annually)

    19/20 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
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    20/21 Tuition Fees

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

    International: £12,900

    Additional Costs

    EGX Rezzed Games convention: £20 (annually)

    19/20 Tuition Fees

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

    International: £12,500

    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…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    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

Laptops, Trips and Internships.

We offer our students the following benefits included within tuition fees.

Student study perks

The most comprehensive student support package in the UK.

Discover our perks