Game Design and Development BA (Hons) Degree

Game Design and Development BA (Hons) Degree

UCAS Code: GDG1 Duration: 2 Years Attendance: Full Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 11/09/2023    
UCF University of Surrey
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About the course

Creativity and technology come together in this two-year accelerated degree, introducing you to the exciting and expanding gaming industry. This course starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.

Course highlights

  • This course is a two-year accelerated degree, meaning you can save a year of tuition fees and graduate sooner
  • It can provide a route into careers related to animation, game design, game development, and software engineering
  • Explores game design and development from both a creative and technical perspective
  • Teaching utilises a range of technologies, including virtual reality goggles and modern software


Why study this course with us?

Gaming has become more than a leisure activity in today’s society. With advancements in technology, artificial intelligence and even competitive gaming, it is no surprise that the industry is a fast-growing and popular career choice.

At Farnborough, you can look forward to learning in our dedicated IT suites. You will use modern software and dynamic equipment, including our Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets.

Within this degree you will explore the core principles of game design and development, looking at the process of taking an idea from conception to completion. You will learn how to create a concise and meaningful journey for players, exploring a wide understanding of design principles, player psychology, storytelling and more. You will also discover the creative and technical processes involved in creating games, including 3D modelling, animation and high-quality software coding.

Who is this programme for?

This degree is suitable for those with a creative mindset, who are passionate about working within the gaming industry. You might currently be studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course, be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution.

What will I study?

You will gain experience creating games using contemporary software engines, such as Unity. You will learn about the range of processes involved, including visual, sound and script design, and relevant programming languages such as C#. Through this you will also discover how to produce innovative and creative experiences, as well as the importance of working closely with developers, designers and artists to create a quality product to schedule.


Fee Per Year £9000

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Your course

How will I be taught?

You will be taught using a variety of techniques, many which take advantage of technology. This includes lecture-based presentations, practical sessions, individual and group project work, and individual presentations.

What modules are covered?

Level 4

  • Environmental 3D Modelling
  • Introduction to Game Design
  • Introduction to Coding
  • Academic Skills
  • 2D Game Art and UI
  • Narrative Design
  • Intermediate Coding
  • Games in Society

Level 5

  • 3D Character Modelling and Animation
  • Level Design
  • Advanced Coding
  • Professional Development and Work Placement
  • Coding for Virtual Reality
  • Branching Narratives
  • Sound Design for Games
  • Emergent Technologies

Level 6

  • Final Major Project Part 1: Pre-Production
  • Augmented Reality
  • The Game Industry
  • Final Major Project Part 2: Production

How will I be assessed?

You will normally be assessed throughout your course to test your understanding within each module. This will be done through a combination of written assignments, presentations, formal examinations, project proposals, and a dissertation.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are separate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code – GDG1

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?


  • 72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s)
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject, with suitable grades
  • Evidence of relevant work experience and/or recent study, following a successful interview

Applications are considered on an individual basis, and we recommend that you apply even if you are not sure that you meet the criteria above.

If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required. 

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