Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2022/23)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2023 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



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.

  • Build the skills and knowledge you need to apply for an exciting range of specialised 3D art roles
  • Learn how to use Maya, Photoshop, Substance, Unreal Engine 4 and ZBrush as your core set of tools
  • Have access to facilities equipped for games development including our XR (cross-reality) lab kitted out with specialist equipment
  • Spend an optional year on industrial placement as part of your studies – a great experience that really sets you apart in the job market
  • Benefit from the expertise of our teaching team who have fantastic links with industry
  • Create a game as a team in your final year as part of the Game Development module

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

Top 10in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching**The Guardian University Guide 2023 - Animation and Game Design subject area
Top 10in the UK for student satisfaction with the course**The Guardian University Guide 2023 - Animation and Game Design subject area
Top 20in Animation and Game Design**The Guardian University Guide 2023 - Animation and Game Design subject area
90%of students are satisfied with the teaching on their course**BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation - National Student Survey 2022

Our facilities

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

  • Computer Games Labs: These spaces are home to our specialist software access and hardware facilities. Software includes Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3Ds Max, Substance, Houdini, ZBrush, Photoshop, Unreal Engine, Unity Engine and Steam
  • XR Lab (cross-reality): This dedicated space is for mixed-course games development as well as providing a flexible space for visualisation and other projects. The lab provides specialist games and visualisation hardware, including Vive Pro Eye headsets, Rifts and Wacom drawing tablets. There are eight workstations outfitted with 2080 graphics cards so you can approach raytracing projects and AI workloads
  • CAVE Lab: This impressive lab provides data visualisation hardware. The pod contains a 270-degree 3D projection set up allowing multiple users to experience a shared virtual environment. Workstations with Tesla graphics cards for data processing and AI projects are also available
  • Makerspace: Get ready to turn your ideas into prototypes! The space includes a whole host of equipment, including 3D printers, CNC machines, and a laser cutter to bring your product to life. It's also a great space to collaborate with students from across the University
A student sitting at a computer with their modelling and animation work on screen
A group of students working in the XR lab
A student with a VR headset on in the XR lab
A female student working on a tablet


Open to all students at the University of Derby the Makerspace is a student-led workshop based at our Markeaton Street site. There is a large range of tools in the Makerspace that you are able to use in your own time to design and develop projects.

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Our showreel showcases and celebrates work made by students from all years of our degree, including group work and individual projects. Take a look and be inspired by what you could create as a student at Derby.

Final year students on BA Computer Games Modelling and Animation & BSc Computer Games Programming exhibiting at Games Expo 2019

View BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation showreel video transcript

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

View our Computer Games students video transcript

Work by third year student David Phoenix

Student Showcase 2022

We're showcasing the work of some of our talented Computer Games students to celebrate their achievements over the 2021-22 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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    Gaming students find their perfect placement

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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

    2023 entry

    These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.

    RequirementWhat we're looking for
    UCAS points112-120
    A LevelBBB-BBC
    T LevelMerit
    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

    2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)


    £9,250 per year



    £14,045 per year


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

    Additional costs and optional extras

    How to apply

    Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

    UK students

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

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    International students

    On-campus courses starting in September 2022 and January 2023 are now closed to new applications from international students due to unprecedented demand. Applications for September 2023 will open in October. If you have any questions, please email

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    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

    Find out how we steered our Computer Games Modelling and Animation graduate Daniel Fern towards a career with Microsoft Xbox.

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    Contact us

    If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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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 provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

    Included in your fees
    • Software - Z Brush and Adobe Creative Cloud via university labs. Maya, Substance Suite, Unreal Engine 4 - available for free download at home
    • Study trips - previously EGX Birmingham £15, Harry Potter World £35
    • Industry speakers
    Mandatory costs not included in your fees
    • Wacom PTH-651-ENES Intuos Pro Graphics Tablet - from £229.99 (This is the model recommended by the College - others are available)
    • Printer consumables  approx. £100 per annum
    Optional costs not included in your fees
    • Recommended to purchase a portable hard drive approx. £50 -£100
    • Personal computer with high end graphics card for game development outside of University (Prices vary but on average £1500)

    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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