• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: Aylesbury
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Love video games and want to learn to make your own? Interested in exploring games production and the varied careers open to you in this growing field?

This course gives you a strong grounding in independent games development over two years, so you can develop an area of specialism and build up a portfolio to show potential employers and backers.

Growing opportunities

As media and computing advances, so 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 growing.

All bases covered

This two-year course covers all the main aspects of indie game development, so you’ll learn about everything from game design, and 2D and 3D asset creation, to drawing and programming. You’ll develop game assets from conception through to production, 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.

Focus on an area of specific interest

Interested more in the programming side of games development? Or perhaps your skills lend themselves more to the creative aspect of gaming production? Working on both individual and team based projects, you’ll be given the opportunity to specialise in an area of particular interest.

The portfolio you develop, and industry experience you gain, will put you in a strong position for jobs. You can also choose to top up your qualification to a full degree by doing the final year of a programme such as BA (Hons) Independent Games Production.

Who is it for?

This degree is for anyone interested in games design, including those from both a creative and technical background.

Course Details

The course has been designed to give you access to a very broad curriculum, covering game theory, art and design, game development for different platforms, the modelling, creation and implementation of game assets, functional and usability testing, artificial intelligence, animation, audio and special effects.

You’ll leave the course with:

  • the diverse skills required from an indie developer
  • the ability to develop your own game assets, from conception through to production
  • experience of using industry-standard games design technology
  • an insight into all the different areas of games design, so you can see where your skills and interests lie.

Access to the latest industry-standard kit

You’ll have access to three dedicated games labs fitted with the latest industry-standard hardware and software, including high spec PCs and a range of cutting edge virtual and augmented reality equipment. In this fast moving industry, equipment and software is constantly evolving. Our course reflects this development and we have invested significantly in our facilities and staff with games industry experience.

A wealth of experience

Our lecturing team has significant 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’re 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.

Each year, we also send a number of teams to the Games  Eden Game Jam in Cambridge.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above and a UCAS Tariff score between 40-64 points. 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.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

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

Year 2 Modules

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


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

We are proud to announce that we are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well positioned to pursue a career in the growing games and media sectors as an independent games developer, working on your own or as part of a small team. You may go on to work within a larger studio or work freelance as a specialist game designer, artist or programmer.

After successfully completing your foundation degree, you could choose to do a further year and top up your qualification to an appropriate BA (Hons) degree, such as Independent Games Production.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.