BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

This Computer Games Design degree focuses on the creative and artistic aspects of games production, giving you the practical skills to develop, produce and publish game titles.

You’ll learn how to develop your game in such a way that your work could form the basis of a start-up games company. Upon graduation, you’ll have a strong portfolio of playable games ready to present to employers.

We are closely connected with the games industry. Our lecturers run Cardiff’s contribution to the annual Global Game Jam, are involved in Games Wales and host the Wales Games Development Show every summer, giving you numerous opportunities to build contacts, find internships and be the first to hear about graduate gaming roles.

Our student games designers are talented, entrepreneurial and passionate about gaming. They have had major success at Dare to be Digital and Global Game Jam, and scooped BAFTA nominations and BAFTA Cymru awards. It’s no surprise that our graduates are snapped up by Electronic Arts, Lionhead, Codemasters, Rocksteady and many more, while others become leading indie game developers.

Studying Computer Games Design in Cardiff, you’ll be a part of our inspiring creative community and have the chance to collaborate with other creative industries students such as artists, actors, writers and musicians. What’s more, thanks to all the small games companies in and around the city, Cardiff has been identified as an entrepreneurial hub for games.

What you will study

We aim to challenge you right from the outset. You’ll be involved in group and individual projects, in addition to lectures, talks, seminars, weekly drawing sessions and technical workshops.

In your second year, you’ll work on longer, industry-focused projects, with a major project in your final year. This will be a professional production you can present to industry and develop a strong portfolio that will enhance your employability.

Year 1

  • Game Studies 1
  • Game Studies 2
  • Drawing
  • Character Performance
  • Making Games
  • Making Digital Games

Year 2

  • Game Assets
  • Game Engine
  • Professional Practice...
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Adam Martin, Games Design Course Leader
Corrado Morgana, Academic Subject Manager
Richard Hurford, Senior Lecturer
Trygve Bjellvaag, Senior Lecturer
Brian Fagence, Lecturer
Pierre Laffoux, Lecturer
Madelon Hoedt, Lecturer
Gina Carpenter, Technical Demonstrator
Charles Rawlins, Technical Demonstrator

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Work and Study Placements

Our student games designers visit GameCity in Nottingham, an international festival of video games, attending seminars, meeting games developers and journalists and playing the latest innovative titles.

Students have also received industry funding to develop their projects and release their games via Steam and Windows Mobile platforms and been cited in Develop’s 30 under 30 game development rising stars

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This course is taught at: Cardiff Campus


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Tuition Fees

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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017

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