Computer Games Development BSc Honours
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TYPICAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER 2015
|International Baccalaureate||26 points (minimum)|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma||DMM/D*D*|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade C in IT or Engineering and relevant ASL at Grade C|
|Access to HE Diploma||54 credits at level 3|
GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or equivalent grades in Key Skills (Functional Skills qualifications are not accepted).
Computer Games Development combines technology and creativity in a multidisciplinary way. The games industry is still an expanding and challenging sector with continually evolving ideas and cutting-edge technologies. It requires practitioners to exercise more ﬂexibility in software speciﬁcations and functionality, through adapting their approaches to design and management while keeping abreast of broad changes to technology.
This course covers all major technical aspects of the games development process from design to production. It aims to prepare you for a career in software development with a particular emphasis on computer games. The course provides you with a solid understanding of game technologies including programming, applied maths, computer graphics and game engines. You are supported to expand a broad range of knowledge and skills including mobile and web application development, 3D modelling and animation, and human computer interaction. To enhance student employability the course offers a number of talks from creative industry and will support your participation in prestige game competitions and digital fairs as well as industrial placements and internships.
This course will prepare you for work in an increasingly challenging and rewarding ﬁeld by giving you a clear perspective of the current nature and practice of games development. You will be equipped with the required technical and creative skills for the new era of game developers. You will gain a thorough knowledge of programming, computer graphics and game project management, together with an appreciation of the industrial environment.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
- Computer Systems Fundamentals
- Game Development Group Project I
- Mathematics for Games Development
- Programming Principles I
- Programming Principles II
- Web Design & Development
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
- 3D Graphics Programming
- Applied Maths and Physics
- Game Engine Architecture
- Object Oriented Programming
And options from:
- Mobile Application Development
- Server-side Web Development
Sandwich placement year
You can choose to take a year-long placement between Years 2 and 3 to work in the game and creative industries. This gives you the opportunity to practice and enhance the skills you have learnt, and develop a better understanding of the needs of the industry and professional practices, as well as gaining work experience which is invaluable for your ﬁnal year of study and long-term career prospects.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
- Advanced Maths and Game AI
- Final Year Project
- Game Development Group Project III
- Networked Games & Security
And options from:
- Advanced Interactive Media Development
- Advanced Server-Side Web Programming
- Concurrent Programming
As part of your course you can take elective modules at Level 5 and Level 6. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. For more information visit the Kaplan International College website.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
Examples of work by students on the BSc Computer Games Development Course
Darasimi Makinde, Computer Games Development BSc Honours (graduated summer 2013, currently working as a Junior Games Designer at Marmalade)
"The University of Westminster's Computer Games development course was an engaging, well thought out journey that proved instrumental in helping me break into the games industry. This is not just because of the high standard of course materials and lecturers, but also due to the connections to industry professionals that the university facilitated.
The course taught me a variety of skills focused primarily on Computer Science and Software Engineering, but also provided opportunities to diversify and learn about the other disciplines valued by game developers such as design skills and 3D modelling.
The facilities supplied by the University allowed me to be constantly surrounded by high end gaming hardware that gave me the opportunity to study and hone my skills at my own pace as well as socialise with other students and just play some games!
The lecturers and tutors were very invested in my progress and were always interested in how our skills were being developed both inside and outside of university and their connection with industry professionals ensured that their perspective was more than merely academic.
I would highly recommend the Computer Games Development course at the University of Westminster to anyone considering a career in the games industry."
Thomas Clifton, Computer Games Development BSc Honours (graduated summer 2013, Currently working at Big Bit as game programmer)
I did my research before deciding on a university. I knew I wanted to study a Computer Games Development degree but was warned about some degrees that offer little of actual benefit to gaining a job in the video games industry. After reviewing the course description I believed it was the best degree available for what I wanted to do. The location in Central London was also important to me.
I have been very impressed with both the University and the course. I really like the location in the centre of London, with its easy access to pretty much anything you want. I regularly make use of the fantastic gym at the Regent Street campus.
The course itself has lived up to expectations with the content, but really impressed me with the amount of professionals from industry who are involved as guest lecturers and visiting lecturers. It is a fantastic opportunity for networking. The facilities are also fantastic.
My course has two labs specifically designated for games development; this is a fantastic help, as the higher powered machines make it easier to run the software we need. It also allows for socialising with other members of the course from different years.
I have a strong relationship with my lecturers and tutors, particularly those I have had for several modules. My Course Leader is always interested in what we get up to both inside and outside of the University, and keen on keeping people up to date with other students’ achievements, opportunities for work experience and various events. And I’ve been really impressed with the high number of visiting lecturers.
I found it very easy to settle in at the University. I study in quite a relaxed environment which encourages people to chat and get to know each other. I have made some very good friends on my course and am now living with some!
There is a good social life at Westminster. There are lots of societies and sports clubs to get involved in, and the best thing about being in London is that anything you could want to do is available to you and within easy reach. No matter what time of day or night there is always transport to get you around, you are never stuck anywhere.
I hope to gain a job in the games industry as a junior programmer. The course has always had a big focus on developing our personal portfolios and letting us know what extra steps we should be taking to secure a job after our degrees.
The advice I would give to anyone thinking of studying an electronics or computer science course at Westminster is to come down and have a look for yourself. The facilities are fantastic and I would highly recommend choosing the University of Westminster for a computer games degree.”