The support from staff and students from other years on Games Design has created a community in which everyone can share strengths, skills and improve on their weaknesses.


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    Games Design teaches you the key technical and creative skills needed to produce indie videogames for computer, mobile and console.

    You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of games-design tools (such as GameMaker Studio, Unreal Engine, and Ren'Py), design and development processes, aesthetics, and the relationships between industry, players and designers.

    The foundation year will help you take your first step into higher education, broadening your industry knowledge and enabling you to progress to an undergraduate degree. It aims to help you develop a strong foundation of game design, alongside academic and transferable skills, to ensure you get the most out of your degree-level studies.

    The course is taught in the Daphne Oram building, our exciting Creative Arts facility, where you’ll have access to industry-standard software to produce a range of games.

    Why Study Games Design with Foundation Year?

    Games are a vital component of modern society. We play console and computer games to relax at home, mobile phone games and apps to fill the time during our daily commutes, and tabletop and card games at social gatherings.

    Perhaps more than ever before, games and play are important to contemporary life and making games has become not only a form of creative expression but also a major industry.

    Games Design develops your understanding of digital and analogue games through making and studying them. As you do this, you’ll develop your creative and technical skills, including the use of software such as GameMaker Studio, Twine, Unity 3D and Unreal Engine, and design processes. You’ll apply these skills to make your own games in response to a variety of short-and-long creative briefs, some of these will be individual and others group-based. Through doing this, you’ll create lots of different games, make the games that you want to make, and learn to work in an environment as close to the professional world as we can make it.

    Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2023

    1st in the UK for student satisfaction with the quality of teaching in the subject area of Art and Design.

    National Student Survey 2022

    93% of our Games Design students said staff have made the subject interesting and 94% were satisfied with the learning opportunities.