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BA (Hons)
Independent Games Production

This course will provide you with the knowledge and broad skill-set, necessary to succeed as an indie game developer, in this exciting and rapidly growing sector.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: I610

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

Interested in the idea of making the next best-selling games app? Want to create cross-platform games and learn about every area of their production? This course helps you master the diverse range of skills required from the indie developer working on your own or in small teams. You’ll have the opportunity to develop an area of specialism and generate a portfolio of work to show potential employers and backers.

As well as learning about game design, 2D and 3D asset creation, drawing and programming, we will also look at how to make money from your creations, how to manage your business and successfully market your games.

A growing sector
As media and computing advances, so too do the careers in this sector. The growth is being fuelled by the availability of inexpensive commercial grade development tools, and simple third party digital marketing options. Combined with an increase in demand for a wider variety of games, the opportunities for independent game developers are increasing.

Every element of the game development process
During this course, you’ll develop game assets from conception through to production. You’ll tackle the design issues faced when building games for mobile and discover how to implement game play through scripts.

As the course progresses, you’ll build on your creative skills and improve your programming ability. As you master new technologies used within Artificial Intelligence, you’ll implement advanced game design techniques into your games projects.

Working on both individual and team based projects, you’ll be given the opportunity to specialise in an area of particular interest. Beyond the creation of exciting new games, you’ll also take business and marketing modules. The entrepreneurial skills acquired in these modules will ensure you have the knowledge to exploit your creative talents to the full.

We have a strong computing department at Bucks and we are members of TIGA, the trade association representing the UK’s games industry.

A wealth of experience
Our lecturing team have a great depth of experience working in the industry and the course benefits from regular visits from professional artists, game designers and developers. These guests provide a great context for the material being taught.

Be involved with some of the biggest gaming companies in the world
We are a member of the PlayStation® Vita Academic Development Programme run by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), which provides access to professional development hardware and software tools for both staff and students.

Work with the best equipment in the industry
In this fast moving industry, equipment and software is constantly evolving. Our course reflects this development and we have invested significantly in our new games lab and in staff with games industry experience. We have established close links with a number of household names within the sector and introduced more specialised games modules within the course.

Year One

  • Concept Visualisation 1
  • Game Design Theory
  • Audio and Special Effects
  • 2D Asset Development
  • Mobile Game Development
  • Practical Game Design
  • Programming Concepts
  • Maths for Games

Year Two

  • Mobile Game Project
  • 3D Asset Development
  • Level Scripting
  • Advanced Game Design
  • Indie Team Project
  • Character Modelling
  • Artificial Intelligence for Games
  • Character Animation

Year Three

  • Advanced Scripting
  • Business Essentials for Start-ups
  • Concept Visualisation 2
  • Marketing Games
  • Advanced Indie Team Project
  • Individual Project

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

Graduates of the course will be well placed to pursue a career within the growing games and media sectors as independent developers working on their own or within small teams. Some graduates may go on to be employed within a larger studio or work freelance as specialist game designers, artists or programmers.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.

Places for this course are still available in Clearing.

Call our phone line on 0330 123 2023 or apply now

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