Computing for Games BSc(Hons)
Master the skills needed to shape the games of the future by studying games through the lens of computer science. Building upon industry-standard software, you’ll implement new tools to extend what is possible with existing engines and program games that push technical boundaries.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You'll collaborate with other students in the Games Academy – from animators through to sound designers – to develop a multi-disciplinary approach with creativity at its heart. By the time you graduate, you'll be confident in pursuing a career in software development, in the games industry and beyond.
- Get under the hood of video game engines like Unity and Unreal while learning a range of programming languages like C#, Python, and C++
- Engage with the latest technologies, including procedural content generation, cloud systems and mixed reality to develop broadly transferable skills
- Blend art and science while developing teamwork and communication skills that are highly desired in the industry
- Develop an 'optimisation mindset' by learning to work within platform constraints
- Make games collaboratively with artists, animators, composers, designers, writers and other programmers
This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and made changes to our courses to provide flexible, blended delivery that offers high-quality digital engagement and access to face-to-face teaching in our facilities. You can see how your course may be adjusted by viewing the changes for the current academic year by visiting our welcome letters & latest course updates pages
What our students do
Games Academy in Top 50 Worldwide
Global Jam at the Games Academy
Games Students Impress Mediatonic's Marketing Director
Gamers Go Global
Pioneering Games Project Enhances Museum Experience
Student Wins Women in Games Scholarship
What our graduates do
While our graduates typically work towards careers in sectors like digital games and software development, we also help them set up their own businesses, or take on incubation programmes like Launchpad
What you'll learn
You'll concentrate on programming in multiple languages, including C++, as well as software engineering, project management and technology. By studying industry-level software development methods, and focusing on collaboration, creativity and enterprise, you'll equip yourself to make and sell original games.
Beginning with an introduction to programming, you’ll learn the basics of computing using Python. We’ll support complete beginners as we go through the standards for collaborative software development, helping you apply what you’ve learned to a small team-based exercise.
You’ll then embark on your first multi-disciplinary game development project alongside artists, animators, composers, designers, and writers. This project gives you a practical understanding of game engineering processes and game engine architecture - typically using either C++ in Unreal 4, or C# in Unity.
Throughout the year, you'll work individual creative computing projects into your games. These projects typically involve procedural content generation and physical computing, reflecting our research strengths.
Principles of Computing
Multidisciplinary Development Practice
Individual Creative Computing Project
You'll work collaboratively to develop a game with students from other disciplines, create a portfolio of specialist game components for current and future projects, and explore specialist fields in modern gaming.
World Creation Project: Pre-Production
Mathematics for 3D Worlds & Simulations
Specialisms in Creative Computing
World Creation Project: Production
Interfaces & Interaction
Graphics & Simulation
Working with team members from different disciplines, you'll turn your skills and expertise into an original game as part of a year-long major development project. You'll also research a specialism as part of your final-year project – applying cutting-edge computing technology to your game's development. At the end of the year, you'll pitch your game to industry professionals as part of our annual Show and Tell day.
You'll also study advanced topics like low-level programming in assembly, techniques for optimising code for console architectures like Sony PlayStation 4, and learn statistical computing for game analysis in R. With career prospects in mind, you'll also set up a portfolio website using HTML and CSS.
Major Game Development Project: Pre-Production
Research & Development: Practice
Major Game Development Project: Production
Research & Development: Dissertation
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.
We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.
This course page will be updated when these changes have been finalised and applicants will be notified.
How you'll learn
You'll learn in an environment mirroring the industry, with technical workshops and tuition boosted by collaborative, studio-based projects. Individual and group projects with students from other disciplines will be key to your development. You'll create software, devise new applications for computing, generate solutions to technical problems, and develop novel and appealing games.
How you'll spend your time
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Coursework assessment with no formal examinations.
- Portfolios, projects, pitches and papers.
With a range of commercial titles to their names and strong creative computing research profiles, our staff provide both experience and expertise.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Dr Michael Scott
Dr Michael Scott is the Head of Computing and Associate Professor of Computer Science Education at...
Brian McDonald is a senior lecturer on the BA(Hons) Game Development and BSc(Hons) Computing for...
The majority of Kate's career has been spent in VFX, where she started as a junior systems...
Alcwyn Parker is programmer, interactive artist and educator with a passion for technology and...
Andy joined Falmouth University in 2013 after completing his undergraduate studies in Communication...
Dr Edward Powley
Edward Powley is an associate professor in the Games Academy. His research interests as a member of...
John Speakman is a Research Student Teaching Associate with the Games Academy. He joined Falmouth...
- Large studio equipped with state-of-the-art game development studio.
- Specialised computing hardware for game development, deep learning projects, motion capture, and immersive experiences.
- Standard packages used in software development for the games and visual effects industries, including Adobe and Autodesk suites.
- Attached lab committed to staying at the cutting edge; featuring AR/VR/MR (XR) equipment including HoloLens, HoloLens 2 and Oculus Quest 2.
- XSens MVN Awinda motion capture suits.
- Attached lab with access to PS4 development and testing kits.
- Access to a variety of game engines, including Unity and Unreal.
- Studios open late during term time.
- Access to free software via Microsoft Imagine.
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: I610
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. Applicants should have GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK applications: 29 January 2021 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Is passionate about digital games
- Wants to work as a programmer or technology specialist in either the AAA or indie context
- Passionately follows current video game technologies
- Likes to experiment and tinker with code and technology
- Wants to develop real games in multidisciplinary teams in a studio mirroring the industry
- Enjoys finding out how things work
- Is comfortable with mathematics and problem solving
Fees, costs & funding
Typical course costs
- £100 - Recurring annual costs
- £1500 - Optional laptop or desktop capable of running appropriate software
If you need to bring 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.
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page.
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