Games Art BA, Games Design BA and Games Programming BSc Welcome Pack

Welcome to BA Games Art, Games Design, and BSc Games Programming 2022.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to your studies at the University of Northampton. The purpose of this document is to help you prepare for coming to study with us and give you an opportunity to meet members of your programme team as well as other students who’ve chosen the same course. We want to make sure that you are inspired, anchored, prepared, and enabled to succeed.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you onto the games development provision at the University of Northampton. The following guide is designed to provide you with some essential information about the games programmes available at Northampton, and how you can make the best of your time while studying with us.

As a course team, we have worked hard to develop the courses we offer into qualifications that are industry relevant and attractive to potential employers. Our fundamental aim is to provide you with the employability skills that are needed to obtain a career within the games industry.

As a challenging, yet highly rewarding course selection, I am confident that with the required commitment and work ethic, you will enjoy the material presented throughout your time as a student at the University of Northampton.

Good luck with all your studies.

Your Programme Leaders

Games Art BA (Hons)

 

Daniel McCaul, Senior Lecturer in Games Art Dan McCaul

Senior Lecturer in Games Art
Daniel.McCaul@northampton.ac.uk

Games Design BA (Hons)

 

Robert Lambert, Senior Lecturer in Games Design

Rob Lambert

Senior Lecturer in Games Design
Rob.Lambert@northampton.ac.uk 

Games Programming BSc (Hons)

 

Anastasios Bakaoukas, Senior Lecturer in Games Programming
Dr Anastasios Bakaoukas

Senior Lecturer in Games Programming
Anastasios.Bakaoukas@northampton.ac.uk

 

 

Games Art, Games Design, and Games Programming staff

Welcome and Induction Sessions

To welcome you to your Games programme, we will be holding a webinar which will provide you with all the information you need to know:

  • This will be an online session that gives new students an opportunity to ask general questions about their course and study here at UON, as well as meet staff and fellow students.

Personal Tutor Meeting

Each student is allocated to a Personal Tutor (PT). As first year Personal Tutors are also first year module leaders, you will have the opportunity to meet your Personal Tutor in your first week of module teaching.

As a first year, your Personal Tutor will be:

Equipment

Your module teaching will take place in up-to-date Windows/PC based computer studios. Whilst it is possible to complete assignments using only the university facilities, in reality much of your practical study and portfolio development will need to be done outside of timetabled sessions in order to achieve a professional standard and a good degree. We recommend all students have access to an up-to date PC at home that meets the minimum specification of the software we use, for example:

  • OS: Windows 10 (64bit, version 1909)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3, AMD Ryzen 3
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070, Nvidia Quadro M2000, AMD Radeon RX 580
  • VRAM: 8GB RAM: 16GB Hard drive: 256 GB SSD

In addition, we recommend that students have a portable USB connecting SSD drive (see example of Integral 240GB Portable SSD Drive) to store and transport work between home and university, rather than a memory stick.

NB. The free laptop on offer from the university is not a high enough specification to run games software.

In addition, Games Art BA (Hons) students will need some basic drawing materials, i.e. sketchbook, pencils, charcoal, eraser etc.

The University can provide digital drawing tablets for use on campus, but it is also recommended that Games Art BA (Hons) consider acquiring their own for home use.

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