Game Design MA

Game Design MA
Penryn Campus
1 year full-time
Direct line
01326 213730
Subject to validation during this academic year

Are you passionate about game design? Do you often think games could be better? Are you curious about what makes games engaging and meaningful? At Falmouth, you'll work with Programmers and Artists in a studio environment to make innovative and arresting games.

During this master’s degree, we cover specialist areas in game design, game storytelling and experimental game prototyping, developing skills to reveal new horizons of gaming. You'll work alongside our other Games postgraduate students on collaborative projects as well as working up your own designs. With help from your ex-industry mentors, you’ll gain the skills you need for employment or enterprise in a games and media context. Collaborating with other talented game developers, you’ll design, create and test work relevant to AAA, indie or board games and see your ideas come to life.

What you'll learn

Here at the Academy, you’ll become a specialist in Game Design, and the broader games industry context. You’ll pitch and prototype your ideas. And by the second study block you’ll be doing it for real, working on a game development in a team that’s followed up by a major project (which could be solo, group based or a research piece) during the final term.

Study block one
  • Development Synergies
  • Prototyping for Games
Study block two
  • Group Game Development Project
  • Experimental Game Design
Study block three
  • Major Project (solo or team-based)

How you'll learn

As Game Design is a practice-focused course, you'll only be assessed on your coursework. And with regular feedback and support from your mentors, you'll develop your game design skills in a way that boosts your progress.

You'll perfect your skills through:

  • Workshops
  • Playtesting ideas
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Crit sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Mentoring

There's no formal essay writing on this course – you'll be learning the real-life skills needed to produce a co-created full game project and a professional portfolio for grading.


With fantastic facilities at the Games Academy, you'll be able to make your wildest ideas a reality.

You'll have access to:

  • Dedicated space in a well-resourced game development studio, open late during term time
  • Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality technology
  • 3D printers
  • Games industry standard hardware and software
  • VR/AR lab and cutting-edge hardware (Hololens, Vive Pro, Oculus Rift)

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