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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Game Design and Development with Foundation Year

Full-time Digital media

Gain a degree in Games Design and Development, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? B017
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to the full degree.
  • Develop important business skills from the very first day.
  • Undertake applied projects and explore different ways of working.

This foundation year has been designed to enhance your knowledge in advance of undergraduate study. You'll study a range of business-related topics, and apply your skills on rewarding projects and assignments. After completing your foundation, you'll have everything you need for full honours degree study, and progress directly onto the BSc Games Design and Development course.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Games Design and Development course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other Sheffield Business School foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You will learn in a supportive, challenging and exciting environment. You will be based in Sheffield Business School — a vibrant, dynamic setting with excellent facilities located in the heart of the city.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • self-directed study
  • work placements
  • activities and events

In the foundation year, you'll study wider business topics, while specialising in your chosen subject area. You'll learn useful skills such as academic writing, work in diverse teams and learn to utilise a wide variety of data sources. In doing so, you'll fully prepare yourself for undergraduate study.

Course leaders and tutors

Peter Spence
Peter Spence
Senior Lecturer

Currently teaching a number of film theory modules on the BA (Honours) Film and Media Production course, Peter is also an award-winning film-maker whose work has scr … Read more

Applied learning

Degree preparation

After the foundation year, you will be ready to start the full degree. BA Games Design and Development is an engaging, challenging course where you will work on real game development projects and develop your own creative approach, with access to cutting-edge facilities and resources supported by the likes of Sony Playstation.

Live projects

The BA degree includes a range of professional development and work-based learning opportunities, including producing game concept and prototype pitches for commercial and other external clients, guest lectures from industry professionals and networking events. You will get opportunities to develop your own future strategy as a game professional whether that be freelancing, working as an independent game developer or working in a specific sector in the game or interactive media industries.

Networking opportunities

On the full degree, you will have the opportunity to engage with specialist visiting lecturers from the industry to show your work. A wide range of professional development and networking opportunities are supported by the Media Arts and Communications Department, such as the yearly Pathways event. We always seek to support and enable any student who obtains a placement to be able to take such opportunities.

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Future careers

The full degree prepares you for a career in

  • game designer
  • game artist
  • game producer

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On the full degree course you work with

  • games engines such as Unity 3D and Unreal
  • 3D modelling software
  • emerging game technologies such as VR headsets
  • Playstation development kits

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least 32 points from at least one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject, such as Art, Design, Design Technology, Textiles and Graphics). For example:

  • CDD at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M in a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Art and Design.

We treat the foundation year as part of the Art and Design degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Art and Design degrees.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider either the International Foundation Programme: Art, Design and Media or Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Portfolio review

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a portfolio review, this is where you can showcase your relevant work and highlight any pieces you are particularly proud of. The portfolio review can be shared with us face to face, or you can submit an electronic portfolio via email. Find out about what happens at a portfolio review and how you can prepare to produce a strong portfolio.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creative Synergies In Media Production Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media In Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Preparing For Independent Practice And Study Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: 3D Modelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Game Design Theory Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Game World Mechanics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Level 4 Game Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Visual Concepts For Games 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Visual Concepts For Games 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Game Design Theory Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Experimental Game Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Narrative Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Physical Games Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Development Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creative Sound Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Concept Art Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Virtual Reality Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Creative Direction For Games Credits: 20
Module: Distribution Methods And Practices Credits: 20
Module: Final Game Project Credits: 40
Module: User Interface Design For Games Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: 3D Games Prototyping Credits: 20
Module: Life Drawing Credits: 20
Module: Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice Credits: 20
Module: Visual Effects Project Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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