BSc (Hons)/MSci Video Games Design*

The video games industry is now bigger than ever. Games are everywhere, from mobile phones, tablets, handhelds, consoles and of course computers - even Netflix develop their own games. The role of Games Designer has never been so varied or exciting!

This course has been created with our industry partners to be a highly-focused digital games course that encompasses not only theory but technical and artistic approaches. From core design practice through to game engines, UI and UX, as well as narrative and development pipelines.

Taught by industry professionals, you will learn to design video games from concept to implementation, developing gameplay, environments and user experiences to produce engaging play experiences. You will have the transferable skills to work and support teams in both technical and artistic capacities, across different real-time and interactive production environments, such as virtual reality and other forms of interactive entertainment.

This cutting-edge course will enable you to develop and refine your skills, with individual specialisms, as well as working alongside our Technical Art and Game Art programmes. This course will provide rich and varied opportunities to work on collaborative projects, developing the soft and technical skills that video games companies look for in Games Designers.

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  • UCAS code: I802 (BSc) - I803 (MSci)
  • Institution code: P34
  • Location: London campus
  • Start date: September
  • Fees: (See Fees and Funding section)
    £9,250 per year for 2023/2024 entry
  • Mode of study: Full time
  • Duration: BSc 3 years, MSci 4 years
  • Entry requirements: Attending a workshop and being predicted two passes at A Level or equivalent

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Why choose this course

  • Ranked 1st in the UK
    and 9th in the world for Game Design and Development by The Rookies
  • Based in London
    Home to some of the best video games and VFX studios in the world
  • Partnership with Epic Games
    We are the first Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center in the UK and an Unreal Engine Academic Partner. Our certified tutors also run short courses for studios to train their staff in Unreal Engine
  • We’re a member of TIGA
    The trade association for the UK video games industry, with the vision to make the UK the best place in the world to develop video games. We were shortlisted for a Best Educational Institution TIGA Award in 2021 and 2022
  • Industry briefs and feedback
    Work on industry-standard briefs, experience real-life scenarios and receive feedback on your work from external developers to learn about current development practice
  • Successful alumni
    You’ll join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top studios including RareRockstarUbisoftImprobable and Framestore
  • Industry-standard facilities
    Study in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, using high-spec equipment and professional software such as Unreal Engine and Houdini
  • Professional input
    Industry partners have helped design this degree to make sure it is relevant to employers and up to date
  • All-round technical skills
    Learn software, skills and techniques for both games and visual effects and learn how the pipelines cross over
  • Soft skills
    Learn soft skills such as teamwork, organisation and giving and receiving feedback to prepare you for work in the real world
  • The Escape Pods
    Our students have worked on projects for Pearson and the British Library as part of our incubator.

Next Steps

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Open Days

Bookings for our next undergraduate open day are now open!

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Taster Days

Our next undergraduate taster days will take place from spring 2023.

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Why Escape Studios?

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Industry partners

Our industry partners, including DNEG, Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic and PlayStation London Studio, influence everything we do, helping design our degrees to keep them relevant to current practice. You’ll have regular contact with the industry, from master classes to creative briefs and regular feedback from professionals.

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Industry-expert tutors

Our tutors are actively involved in industry, so they'll be able to give you real insight into your chosen career. They have worked at studios including DNEGWalt Disney Animation, EA, Rebellion and Framestore and their credits include Captain America, Black Mirror and Bond: Spectre.

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Our central London campus is surrounded by world-leading studios and fully equipped with high-end hardware and the latest software, so you learn in a real studio environment.

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