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Computer Games Development with Foundation

University of Westminster

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. During the foundation year you will explore a range of creative disciplines and get a chance to develop in your chosen field, benefiting from workshops in our high end facilities and working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules within your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the Foundation year (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the Computer Games Development BSc Honours over a further three years study.

Computer Games Development combines technology and creativity in a multidisciplinary way. The games industry is still an expanding and challenging sector with continually evolving ideas and cutting-edge technologies. It requires practitioners to exercise more ?exibility in software speci?cations and functionality, through adapting their approaches to design and management while keeping abreast of broad changes to technology.

This course covers all major technical aspects of the games development process from design to production. It aims to prepare you for a career in software development with a particular emphasis on computer games. The course provides you with a solid understanding of game technologies including programming, applied maths, computer graphics and game engines. You are supported to expand a broad range of knowledge and skills including mobile and web application development, 3D modelling and animation, and human computer interaction. To enhance student employability the course offers a number of talks from creative industry and will support your participation in prestige game competitions and digital fairs as well as industrial placements and internships.

The Computer Games Development BSc will prepare you for work in an increasingly challenging and rewarding field by giving you a clear perspective of the current nature and practice of games development. You will be equipped with the required technical and creative skills for the new era of game developers. You will gain a thorough knowledge of programming, computer graphics and game project management, together with an appreciation of the industrial environment.

The course offers a short-term work-based learning experience that will give you the opportunity to work on a real-life problem, which is normally set by an external organisation as a small-scale project. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice by applying your knowledge and skills gained from various modules to address a real-life situation, usually within the context of a business-related problem.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing Year 2. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate. You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Career Development Centre and the course team. Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to various aspects of computer games development.

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad...

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Course Content

YEAR 0

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Information Systems and Data Representation
  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Programming

Credit Level 3

YEAR 1

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Game Design and Asset Creation
  • Game Enterprise
  • Games Development Group Project
  • Programming Methodology

Credit Level 4

YEAR 2

Subjects of study include:

  • 3D Interactive Media Development
  • Algorithms: Theory design and implementation
  • Game Programming Patterns
  • Game Studio (Work-Based Learning)
  • Games Engine Architecture
  • Machine Learning and Data mining
  • Maths & Physics for Games
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Network Software Engineering
  • XR Multimodal Interaction

Credit Level 5

Work Placement

The Computer Games Development BSc gives you the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate.

You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team.

Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to various aspects of computer games development.

YEAR 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Interactive Media Development
  • Computer Graphics Programming
  • Final year project
  • Game AI
  • Games Networking and Security
  • Interactive 3D Visualisation
  • Mobile Native Application Development
  • Mobile User Experience

Credit Level 6

YEAR 0 Subjects of study include: Computer Systems and Networks Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development Foundation Mathematics Information Systems and Data Representation Introduction to Academic Practice Programming Credit Level 3 YEAR...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

Cavendish, Central London

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DDE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
  • Access – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

A Levels – DDE to CDD International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP BTEC Diploma – MM to...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
58%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
67% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
75% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
58% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
67% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
75% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
67% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
83% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
67% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
58% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
67% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
75% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
83% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
67% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
75% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
50% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
83% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
58% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
92% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
100% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
92% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
67% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
83% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
83% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
50% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
50% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
75% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points80

  • Employment Rate70%

  • Average Graduate Salary£25000

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