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Year of Entry 2019/20
MA

Games Design

Full-time Digital media

Develop your creative skills for a career in the games industry.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,200 for the course
International: £13,500 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Learn about 3D modelling, 2D design, asset design for props, environments and characters.
  • Specialise in the area of games design that is of the most interest to you.
  • Study on a course that is designed and focused on gaining employment within the creative industries.

This course is aimed at creative graduates who want to develop their skills to work in the exciting area of games design. You develop specialist skills to produce real-time game art with the latest 3D software used within the industry.

How you learn

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The entire course, in terms of both content and approach, is geared towards turning you into an employable games designer/artist within a vibrant national and international industry.

You learn through

  • workshops
  • lectures and seminars
  • tutorials
  • live projects
  • webinars
  • guest speakers
  • commercial opportunities
  • research
  • practice-based learning
  • self-directed study
  • presentations

Applied learning

Live projects

Utilising the relationships we have with employers through the University's commercial games development studio Steel Minions, we have partnered with our colleagues in computing to develop software for clients such as Sony and Sumo Digital, as well as working with clients outside games development. There are opportunities to become more employable by gaining hands-on experience and developing work-ready skills that will impress employers.

Networking opportunities

The Department of Media Arts and Communication hosts an annual industry day, The Pathways event, where students from the degree are invited to take part in workshops, talks and exhibits held by industry representatives, professionals, companies and organisations. Expert careers advice and guidance through one-to-one adviser appointments, workshops, events, recruitment fairs and literature are included to support your development. We offer specialist support with becoming self-employed including free access to specialist business advice and office resources to improve your chances of success. We also host guest speakers and master classes from industry.

Competitions

You can be involved in regional, national and international student competitions.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in the games industry.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

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

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a simulation environment
  • a commercial studio, Steel Minions
  • industry standard labs

Entry requirements

All students

Typically you need a second class honours degree or above in a • traditional art or design • digital art • digital media • games design • multimedia or a related subject.

We expect you to be artistic and motivated to produce high quality game art. You must also demonstrate that you have an appropriate level of skill in art or design by presenting previous work, show-reels or portfolios.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

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

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creative Media Masters Project Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Creative Media Professional Practice Project Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Creative Media Research And Development Proposal Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Game Asset Development Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Game Design Futures Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Game Design Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Portfolio Development Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.

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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.

Additional costs for Digital media courses (PDF)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2019

If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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