Artificial Intelligence for Games MSc

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Are you fascinated by artificial intelligence? Do you want to explore the applications of AI in games? At Falmouth, you’ll join the people breaking boundaries in the world of gaming. You’ll work with artists and designers in a studio environment, testing and experimenting with cutting-edge techniques.

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Location Penryn Campus
Course Duration 1 year
Attendance Full-time

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Course overview

This stimulating, practise-focused AI Master's course will give you a deep understanding of how to leverage artificial intelligence in games. You'll interrogate the contexts of this new global industry and make your own ideas happen. And with mentoring from renowned researchers, you'll graduate fully equipped for your career in this revolutionary field.

You will:

  • Build your skills by devising AI for games, both in solo and co-creative contexts
  • Learn from world-leading researchers in AI and veteran programmers from industry
  • Gain a Master's in artificial intelligence, along with technical and transferable expertise that will give you a head start in a highly competitive sector
  • Join an international community of professional makers and creatives

Course details

On Artificial Intelligence for Games you’ll not only gain a full knowledge of AI, but skills in the broader games industry context too. We’ll cover AI from genetic programming and fuzzy-logic systems, to deep learning and monte-carlo tree search. You’ll get straight to work in the second study block, making a bespoke AI component for a co-created project. This all leads to a major project in study block three.

Modules

Development Synergies
Classical Artificial Intelligence

Modules

Machine Learning
Game Development Project

Modules

Major Project

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the course leader.

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details

How you'll learn

With weekly support sessions from our dedicated team and extra support throughout, you’ll be able to produce coursework to a high standard, learning to work independently as well as collaborate effectively. You'll learn through:

  • Demonstrations
  • Studio practice
  • Project supervision
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops
  • Crit sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Mentoring

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is 100% coursework, with real-life learning preparing you to get straight to work in the industry.

Staff

Our academic staff includes world-leading researchers in cutting-edge AI as well as expert game developers and programmers. You'll be taught and supported by experienced tutors who have worked for the likes of Lionhead Studios and on game franchises such as Fable and Black & White.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules.

Dr Edward Powley

Associate Professor

Edward Powley is an associate professor in the Games Academy. His research interests as a membe...

Dr Edward Powley

Facilities

  • Modern i7 machines.
  • Specialised computing hardware for deep learning projects.
  • Standard software used in the games industry, including Adobe and Autodesk suites.
  • Access to free software via Microsoft Imagine.
  • AR/VR - HoloLens, HoloLens 2 and Oculus Quest 2.

Our facilities are open late during term time.

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About applying to this course

If you apply to the course, we’ll invite you for a visit to our studios and interview you to discuss your passions, previous programming experience and hopes for the future. If Artificial Intelligence for Games isn’t the right fit, we might be able to suggest another path within the growing Games Academy.

We welcome applicants with varied qualifications, but typically you’ll need an undergraduate degree in computing, software engineering, game programming or related fields. You’ll also need experience of computer programming (i.e. presence on GitHub and/or StackExchange, source code excerpts, technical reports, etc). Our typical applicants hold an undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, or equivalent experience.

We’ll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

APL applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.

If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

International applicants who require a student visa to study in the UK must take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services Team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

£8,500 per year - full-time UK (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees)

£16,950 - full-time EU (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees)

£16,950 - full-time international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees)

£8,950 per year - full-time UK (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.)

£17,460 - full-time EU/international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees)

Find out more about our Graduate Loyalty Discount for Falmouth Alumni, which offers a reduction in course tuition fees.

Typical course costs

To complete your coursework, you’ll require a laptop at an expense of around £1,300.

If you need to bring other equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Postgraduate funding

There are loans, awards and alternative funding sources for postgraduate studies. Read about them on our Postgraduate Funding page.

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