Game Design MA

Game Design Ma 2022
Game Design Ma 2022

Are you passionate about games and keen to make them better? Do you feel curious about what makes a game engaging and meaningful? At Falmouth, you’ll work alongside programmers and artists in a studio environment to create distinctive games.

Key details
Location Penryn Campus
Course Duration 1 year
Attendance Full-time

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Course overview

We’ll cover specialist areas in storytelling and design to reveal new horizons of gaming. With help from ex-industry mentors, you’ll gain the tools you need for a career in games and media. Collaborating with other talented game-lovers, you’ll bring your own ideas to life in AAA, indie or board games.

You will:

  • Take advantage of our guest speaker series, featuring professionals from across the games industry, from studio heads to level designers, design leads and producers
  • Access industry-standard facilities, including dedicated space in a well-resourced game development studio, with augmented reality and mixed reality technology, a selection of new VR headsets, and 3D printers
  • Become a specialist in game design, working as part of a team to develop your own game
  • Learn iterative design principles and how to implement research, user testing and feedback
  • Create game design and scripting elements for live game developments

Course details

Pitching and prototyping your ideas, you'll become a specialist in game design and the broader games industry context. And by the second study block you’ll be doing it for real, developing a game in a team and following it up with a major project in the final term. This could be solo, group-based or a research piece.

Modules

Development Synergies
Prototyping for Games

Modules

Group Game Development Project
Experimental Game Design

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

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. 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 learn through:

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

How you'll be assessed

Game Design is a practise-focused course, so you’ll only be assessed on your coursework.

Staff

You'll be taught by an expert teaching team, which includes leading game and narrative designers as well as programmers and game-focused senior academics. Our industry experts have worked across the globe on titles such as Arcana and Deadhaus Sonata.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.

Jeff Howard staff profile

Dr Jeff Howard

Senior Lecturer (Games)

Dr. Jeff Howard is Senior Lecturer in the Games Academy at Falmouth University in Cornwall, whe...

Dr Jeff Howard

Terry Greer

Senior Lecturer in Game Design

After starting out life as a zoo keeper at London Zoo, Terry has worked for over thirty years in the...

Terry Greer

Brian McDonald

Senior Lecturer Digital Games

Brian McDonald is a senior lecturer on the BA(Hons) Game Development and BSc(Hons) Computing fo...

Brian McDonald

Che Wilbraham

Lecturer: Games

As a self-taught, independent game developer, Ché’s background is in the arts. He sees himself as...

Che Wilbraham

Jeremy West

Associate Lecturer, Game Development BA(Hons)

A graduate from Falmouth's Games Academy, Jeremy has spent the last six years both studying and maki...

Jeremy West

Facilities

  • Dedicated space in a well-resourced game development studio, open late during term time.
  • Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality technology.
  • 3D printers.
  • Industry-standard hardware and software.
  • VR/AR lab and cutting-edge hardware (Hololens, Hololens 2 and Oculus Quest 2).
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About applying to this course

To make sure Game Design is the right fit for you, we’ll interview you to talk through your suitability and look through your portfolio of appropriate work. This is extremely flexible for Game Design – you can include games/systems you’ve worked on or made yourself, ideas and world building for games you’d love to make, or any design work in other media.

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/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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