The BA (Hons) Games Development and Visual Effects (Top-Up) course offers students the opportunity to gain a degree in this field, upon successful completion of a level 5 qualification in a relevant subject area. The course offers a project-based learning experience with a key focus on practical assignments and industry standard workflows.
The course is structured around industry focused assignments and has a mixture of both team-based projects and solo projects with the end goal of creating an exciting and rich portfolio to take to professional interviews upon graduation. The course will allow students to specialise in their chosen field of Games Development or Visual Effects and the modules are designed to allow students to tailor their practical project work according to their career pathway.
All our working environments come equipped with top of the range industry standard equipment including Our PC workstations with RTX graphics cards, double monitor setup and a range of other hardware such as VR equipment drawing tablets and 4K televisions so you can follow lectures in crisp and clear detail.
The Creative Media department also has access to a state-of-the-art render farm and our own private network meaning downloads are super-fast and software updates are instantaneous meaning you are never behind with the software available to you.
This programme is validated by:
This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:
GDA601: Specialist Research and Development
- GDA602: Studio Practice
- GDA603: Final Major Project
- GDA604: Professional Practice
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
Teaching and Assessment Methods
The primary way of delivering this course is on campus
On campus teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, and one to one discussion with your tutor.
Students will receive between 12 hours and 16 hours of teaching time per week throughout this course, depending on the modules being taken. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support.
Successful completion of a level 5 qualification in a relevant subject area.
We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.
This course is particularly relevant to people already working in or looking to develop a career within the Creative media industries specifically around Games Development although skills taught across your time on the course can be transferred across a range of industries.
This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions. People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas including, quality assurance tester, games designer, games development tutor, games artist.
If you wish to continue studying beyond this course, it will provide you with a strong academic basis to do so. Course progression routes could include Masters level courses in games art, game design or animation or PGCE/PGCHE courses.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition, and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities
• Specialist Game Development software e.g. Zbrush
• Portable hard drive/SSD
• Specialist laptop/PC for working at home (recommended although not required)
• Basic Drawing equipment (sketchbooks, stationary, etc)
If your course includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.