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BSc (Hons) Games Programming

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UCAS code: 
I600, I601
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Up to six years part-time.

 

Course Options: 
Professional Placement
Typical Offer: 

96 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC)

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study. 

  • Learn the skills and tools necessary to build games
  • Your tutors have industry experience and related backgrounds.
  • Enhance your employability with practical experience and application.
  • Graduates can progress in to a range of roles within games and software development. 

Introduction

The BSc in games programming at the University of Suffolk offers a dynamic and comprehensive syllabus that will equip you to enter the games industry with the confidence to succeed. Tutors with industry experience of both games programming and design will guide your studies.

You will work alongside colleagues on the Games Design BA developing the critical soft skills in team based game development while having the opportunity to specialise in a number of game related programming disciplines from networking to AI.

The degree is designed to build your skills as a graduate. You will develop a solid understanding of computer science and an expansive knowledge of game development. With this skill set you can go on to work in a range of roles at games and software development studios.

By providing you with not only a broad set of skills but also the chance to refine and enhance them through practical application, we aim to give you the best chance to get a job doing what you love.

All students on Games Programming are offered the opportunity to form their own independent games studios as part of their final year studies, this is through our collaboration with the Eastern Enterprise Hub. 

Email: computergames@uos.ac.uk

Course modules

First year students are provided with a thorough grounding in software development tools and practices, with common computer science elements being introduced to ensure a solid understanding of the principles behind software development.

The second year introduces more focussed topics that put those principles into practice as students are introduced to subjects such as artificial intelligence for games and game engine development.

Final year students engage in large scale individual and group projects, building a body of work to showcase to prospective employers.

Introduction to Game Development

Learn about producing games using modern game engines such as Unity and Unreal Engine 4.

Group Project

Take part in a number of group projects, culminating in a 12 week project driven by industry standard project management techniques.

Mathematics for Software Development

Learn a range of mathematical topics relevant to games and software development, including vectors, matrices, set theory and binary.

Introduction to Programming

Using C++, this module introduces students to core programming concepts and how to use them to solve problems.

Algorithms and Data Structures

An introduction to the range of algorithms and data structures that are used throughout programming.

Introduction to Critical Games Studies

A dive into the wealth of history and literature that the games industry is driven by.

Managing Games Production

Undertake the management of group projects, driving them to successful completion.

Artificial Intelligence for Games

Learn a range of AI techniques commonly used in the games industry including; path finding, finite state machines and behaviour trees.

Game Engine Development

Study the multitude of elements that make up a game engine, then design and develop your own 2D game engine.

Graphics for Games

Study the process of how graphics are rendered to your screen, with a focus on OpenGL and shader languages.

Tools Programming

Learn how to build tools that support and aid in the development process.

Games Research Methods

Begin preparing for your honours project by looking at the wealth of research that comes out of the games industry while also learning how to conduct research of your own.

Honours Project

Acting as the culmination of your study, you will work independently to write a dissertation and associated artefact over the course of the final year.

Games Studio Experience

Working with all of your final year peers, develop a game using industry standard tools and techniques.

Indie Game Development

As part of a small team or as a solo developer, you will design and build a polished game for a specific target market.

Professional Practice

You will follow a brief provided by a third party client, undertaking work specified by them and responding to their feedback.

Career opportunities

After the course, students can apply for work within a range of programming disciplines, from gameplay programmers to graphics and shader developers. There is also scope for software development roles outside of the games industry or students can progress to postgraduate study.

Fees and finance

2021-22     

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £12,150 p.a. (plus a Lab fee of £1,575) 

2022-23*

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • Full-time International tuition fee:  £14,000 p.a

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements

Course options

BSc (Hons) Games Programming UCAS code: I600

BSc (Hons) Games Programming with Professional Placement UCAS code: I601

Professional Placement

You can opt to include a professional placement year during your course. This would mean your course length would change from three years full-time to four years full-time. The professional placement year will give you the opportunity to gain professional experience and relevant practical skills to enhance your prospects of securing graduate employment.

Staff

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Computer Games Programming

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer

Lecturer in Computer Games Design

Associate Professor and Course Leader in MSc Games Development

Facilities and Resources

The games courses make use of two computer labs that between them can seat 75 students. The labs are fitted out with high end development workstations that provide all the processing power students need to get their work done. We also have a range of equipment that students can use during their studies, from Wacom drawing tablets to VR headsets and EEG headsets.