Our MA Games Design (with optional Professional Placement) course has been designed with industry in mind. It will give you the opportunity to specialise in an area of Games Design, even if your specialism is to be a one-person team and do it all!
This degree programme offers you a dynamic and friendly creative environment where you are encouraged and inspired to play, learn and think creatively. Games Design covers the conceptual, visual and digital development of games, and you will be given an industry perspective that will equip you to seek employment in the trade.
From the start of the course, you will be exploring and developing ideas and concepts relating to games and are actively encouraged to play, to question the nature of your specialism and express the ideas formulated through personal project work.
Why study with us
- You will develop a portfolio that will give you the advantage in an ever-competitive sector or the ability to become independent developers.
- The University is an official academic partner of the Unreal Engine team.
- You can get involved in our annual cJAM employability event, where you’ll pitch your ideas to industry professionals who are offering work placement opportunities.
Degree Show 2021
Discover the award-winning creative work produced by our postgraduate Games Design students. The degree show features work in a range of mediums by students from the School of Arts & Media.
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What you’ll do
- Level Design, Concept Art, Board Games, 3D Modelling, Narrative, Game Mechanics, VFX, User Interface and more – What you specialise in is up to you.
- You are encouraged to operate in a specialist area of Games Design and given the creative freedom and necessary skills to develop your own ideas.
- We have an established visiting Industry Speaker programme which includes Lead Designers, 3D Artists, QA, Production and Technical Artists from AAA and independent game development studios.
This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
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- The course is part of the Unreal Academic Partner Program. Which recognises UCLan’s provision of experienced staff and high-quality resources. As well as our commitment to excellent student experience in preparation for their future careers.
Our Games Design graduates have gone onto a variety of highly successful games companies, for example Warner Brothers, Ninja Theory, Rare, Naughty Dog and Riot Games. Our Graduates have also gone on to create their own development studios such as White Paper Games.
On successful graduation from this course are you will be able to display a rich portfolio of work that will showcase your specialist skills.
These specialist skills are what industry have identified as key in individuals working in modern Game Development.
This postgraduate qualification will open exciting career opportunities within commercial design practices and you’ll also be equipped with the skills needed to develop your own practice or consultancy.
Fees and Funding
Scholarships and Bursaries
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.
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This course is based in the School of Arts and Media located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries
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