Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS points

112-120 (2022 entry)

UCAS code

I710

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

Course description

Computer games represents one of the world’s largest and fastest growing entertainment industries, where specialists with the right mix of technical skills and artistic flair are in high demand. This cutting-edge course gives you vital insights into latest industry practice and sets you up for a dynamic career.

You can also take the BSc (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation without a foundation year. Find out more.

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Our facilities

You’ll get to use cutting-edge software development tools in our industry-standard laboratories. Facilities include:

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Computer Games student in our computing lab working on their screen

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In your final year, you'll work with students on our BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming degree to create a game. Your game will then be featured in the university's Games Expo.

The Computer Games Expo 2019

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Degree Show 2021

We're showcasing the work of some of our talented Computer Games students to celebrate their achievements over the 2020-21 academic year.

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You will study three modules per semester, each delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions where you will learn to work with Maya, Photoshop, ZBrush and Unreal® Engine 4. Your year on work placement will take place between stages two and three of your studies.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is 100% coursework through a mixture of group and individual assignments. In the final year, 25% of your assessment will be for a personal project.

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Tom's helping to perfect landmark game

Read how Tom ended up working at Rockstar Games after graduating, and how his degree helped him get there.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Roisin Hunt
Programme leader

Roisin is a Lecturer in Computer Games Modelling and Animation.

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Entry requirements

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
A-levelsBBB-BBC
BTECDDM-DMM
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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Careers

The computer games industry needs specialists with a powerful combination of skills so this degree makes you highly employable.

Having completed the programme, you will be capable of creating and animating 3D art in a real-time environment using the very latest techniques. You will also be able to demonstrate your flair and originality to prospective employers.

In addition, you will discover that the skills you have developed can be transferred to a range of different industries such as film and visualisation.

Previous graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Epic Games, Bloc Digital, Jaguar Land Rover, Bulkhead Interactive, Sumo Digital, Ubisoft and Rockstar Games.

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Daniel's dream job at Xbox

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Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

4 years with a placement year

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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