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International: £13,250 per year
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
The full degree prepares you for a career in
- game designer
- game artist
- game producer
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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
GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or 4.
48 UCAS points, including at least 24 points from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.
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'.
|Module: Creative Synergies In Media Production||Credits: 40||
|Module: Media In Context||Credits: 20||
|Module: Media Project||Credits: 40||
|Module: Preparing For Independant Practice And Study||Credits: 20||
|Module: 3D Modelling||Credits: 20|
|Module: Game Design Theory||Credits: 20|
|Module: Game World Mechanics||Credits: 20|
|Module: Level 4 Game Project||Credits: 20|
|Module: Visual Concepts For Games 1||Credits: 20|
|Module: Visual Concepts For Games 2||Credits: 20|
|Module: Advanced Game Design Theory||Credits: 20|
|Module: Experimental Game Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Narrative Design||Credits: 20|
|Module: Physical Games||Credits: 20|
|Module: Professional Development Project||Credits: 20|
|Module: Creative Sound Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Introduction To Concept Art||Credits: 20|
|Module: Virtual Reality Design||Credits: 20|
|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|
|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
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
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.Additional costs for Digital media courses (PDF)
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