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Games Design BA/BSc Honours

Gain the technical training and overall knowledge you need to succeed in the competitive gaming industry and beyond.
BA: W24Z
BSc: W24X
October 2020
September 2020: EU/INT induction
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Magnus Moar

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

Why study games design with us

Our games design course is designed to give you a skill set that’s resilient to the rapid changes in an expanding and evolving industry. You’ll gain hands-on experience that will help you build your portfolio and develop your experience in a wide range of digital technologies that will open up career opportunities in a broad range of creative industries.

The gaming industry is rapidly changing, as technologies, platforms and users converge more and more each day. Our BA/BSc in games design gives you the transferable skills and knowledge you need to become a successful games designer in this fast-changing industry. Led by academic staff experienced in AAA, indie and mobile gaming, you'll develop your programming and story development skills, as well as enhancing your game-play design expertise.

Depending on your interests, you will work on the technical side of games programming and testing in the BSc, while the BA is design-led and focuses on scripting and games engines.

Build your hands-on games design skills

We’ve got state-of-the-art facilities that give you access to over 30 workstations that are equipped with the latest software. Learning the essential skills you need to start your game design career, you’ll get to grips with the latest software, including Unity, Processing, OpenFrameworks, Maya, Z-Brush, After Effects, Flash, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. You’ll also develop your skills with our Vicon Motion Capture and Green screen facility.

You’ll get plenty of hands-on experience collaborating with students from our 3D animation, art and design, computing and graphics departments as part of our coordinated workshops. Developing your career ambitions, you'll have a range of industry work placements in gaming companies.

You’ll develop your employability skills and industry connections with a range of work placements and internship opportunities. Our links with industry partners also give you access to live briefs, guest lecturers, and potential employers.

Get the support you need to succeed

When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in your subject.

Our games design course will hep you realise your strengths and give you the broad knowledge, skill set and portfolio you need to succeed as a game designer, and in a variety of roles in the wider the creative industries.

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What will you study on the BA/BSc Games Design degree at Middlesex University?

The overall themes of the BA/BSc Games Design programme are project work, analysis, research, reflection, collaboration, making, diversity, play and experimentation.

Year 1 provides an overall introduction, where you will begin to learn the essential skills you need to become an effective Games Designer. These include such skills as, programming, level design, mechanics and some basic 3D modelling and sound editing. You will also learn about the broader context of games; their history and cultural impact, player experience and theories relating to game design.

Year 2 develops the topics that were introduced in Year 1 with a greater emphasis on group work (including projects with students on other programmes) and experimentation. You will also start to specialise and choose your exit award. BA students will take a module in storytelling for games, whilst BSc students will undertake a game technology module.

Year 3 is where you can develop your skills still further and showcase your mastery with your final project. For BA students, these projects will focus on design (but with technical components), whilst BSc students will produce technically demanding levels or complete games (but with design components too). You also produce polished portfolios (of your project work over your 3 years of study) and undertake an industry focussed project, which may be the result of an internship, a live industry brief or on a negotiated topic.


  • Year 1

    • Creative Technologies Workshop 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops knowledge and skills in the use of core technologies related to games development. This includes an introduction to programming, essential 3D modelling and the use of games engines.

    • Creative Technologies Workshop 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables you to extend and apply the skills and knowledge developed in the previous module by producing working prototypes of elements of your own game that you've designed.

    • Game Fundamentals 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      An understanding of the fundamental principles and approaches is an essential part of becoming a competent Games Designer. This module will introduce you to a range of topics including design methodologies, idea generation techniques, project planning methods, game mechanics, interaction design, user experience, player types and theories relating to play.

    • Game Fundamentals 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      This module is focused on designing and implementing game elements. This will include taking part in a variety of project-based workshops involving non-digital prototyping, play testing and observation methodologies.

  • Year 2

    • Advanced Creative Technologies Workshop 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      The module builds on your practical skills and knowledge. It introduces different approaches to programming and implementing games on a range of platforms, including mobile, tablet, PC, consoles and AR.

    • Advanced Creative Technologies Workshop 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      Collaboration and teamwork are vital skills for a Games Designer. This module enables you to work in teams from other programmes to design and implement a playable level.

    • Game Culture (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      Games have become a significant part of our lives. This module will explore some of the important cultural aspects that games have including such topics as ludology, ethnicity, gender, addiction, ethics, gamification and serious games.

    • Storytelling for Games (30 credits) - Optional​

      An introduction to how narratives can be used and direct gameplay. You will learn the principles of storytelling, create stories, integrate stories with game mechanics and implement these.

    • Game Technologies (30 credits) - Optional​

      Technical advances are constantly producing new game-related interfaces. This module allows you to explore a range of novel technologies and to produce ways of integrating these into game-play.

  • Year 3

    • Final Project: Technical (BSc only) (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      For those undertaking the BSc, this module will be focused on producing a working level or game via extensive programming and play-testing. Opportunities for live briefs and placements are built in.

    • Final Project: Design-led (BA only) (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      For those undertaking the BA, this module will focus on producing a working level or game using scripting and a games engine. Opportunities for live briefs and placements are built into this module.

    • Project Proposition and Planning (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      This module will enable you to devise and plan a coherent, achievable and innovative final project. A series of presentations and group presentations will help you get your project approved and ready for implementation.

    • Research and Documentation (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      Designing and making a new game requires a good deal of contextual research, design justification, project documentation and reflection. This module will help you develop the documentation to accompany your Final Project.

    • Professional Portfolio (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      Having a professional portfolio is vital in helping you to begin your career, whether you want to start your own studio, join an existing indie studio or a major games company. This module aims to help you consolidate, present and disseminate the work you have already completed in your studies.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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  2. International
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The programme is well resourced with state-of-the-art facilities - you will have access to over 30 workstations equipped with an impressive array of the latest software including Unity, Processing, OpenFrameworks, Maya, Z-Brush, After Effects, Flash, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Students will also have access to a Vicon Motion Capture and Green screen facility.

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