Our BCS and Engineering Council accredited Computer Games Development degree places an emphasis on programming for computer games in industry standard and modern game engine contexts, and prepares you for a career in software development. You could find yourself at the heart of the game development process, from writing code, testing it and fixing bugs to producing tools for other members of the team to use.
We’ve worked closely with industry and professional bodies to ensure you graduate with the knowledge and skills highly valued by employers. You'll also have the option to complete a fourth year that would lead to an MComp master’s degree. Whether you’re interested in artificial intelligence, game physics, tool development or cross-platform graphics rendering, this computer games development course will prepare you for the computer games industry, which is a thriving sector that offers many opportunities to work with publishers, independent studios or middleware producers.
You will learn by doing, making use of high-performance computers and working individually and in teams to produce games to tight deadlines. You’ll work on real problems that will prepare you for employment and will develop key skills to support lifelong learning that will help you keep pace with this rapidly changing field.
Our students learn C++ and Unreal® Engine from week one with coverage of Unity® following quickly afterwards. We place a strong emphasis on modern and open source games engines throughout the whole course, with much of this placed within the context of teams. With graphics programming spanning multiple years, you will be well versed in producing striking effects.
You will spend 16 hours each week in lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You will also spend four hours per week, per module, on coursework, general reading and other preparation. You can also be part of our active Computer Games Society and enjoy company visits and guest lectures from industry professionals.
Assessment includes examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.
Our Computer Games Development degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) and partially meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng). Students who subsequently opt to extend their studies and complete the MComp would be accredited as meeting the requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), CITP Further Learning and fully meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng).
As part of your Computer Games Development degree, we strongly recommend you spend up to a year working in industry in the UK or abroad. As well as an opportunity to use your knowledge in the real world, work experience will boost your CV and can even lead directly to employment. You could spend up to a year working in industry as part of your course, either in the UK or abroad. You can also take part in live projects and taster weeks, or choose a shorter three-month placement. Recent placements include E-Finity, IBM, Fujitsu, GCHQ, and the Welsh Government.
Our facilities are at the cutting edge of computer development, meaning you’ll use the latest technologies in high-spec labs. Our Games Development facility features the latest Intel hardware to provide extra high-powered gaming PCs. There are also console development kits, large curved monitors and cutting edge gaming PCs, allowing you to develop games in a realistic testing environment. You’ll also find dedicated spaces on campus for computing students, including Windows, Apple Mac, Linux and Networking suites, all with the latest software.
Information about our teaching team and their research interests can be found on the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Paradigms (CSAIP) website.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The development of mobile devices has opened up new possibilities for careers in computer games development, alongside existing console and desktop platforms. So for those with the right skills, like our Computer Games Development graduates, there are more employment prospects than ever before. There has been a huge growth in the games development industry, generating a demand for highly-trained and motivated software engineers, but on this Computer Games Development course you will also gain skills that are useful in other software careers.
As a USW Computer Games Development student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.