The global video games industry is estimated to be worth £80bn. If you love gaming and want to design them, build them and make sure they offer the best player experience possible, this course is for you. Based in our Cambridge Games Development Studios, you'll learn important programming and maths concepts so you can develop interesting, complex and fun games. Our course has been validated to include an optional placement year in industry.
For more information about placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.
Forget the stereotypes – gaming isn’t just for teenage boys. Half of all gamers are female, and the average age is 31*. This means the industry is huge, and a variety of exciting jobs await you.
Our BSc (Hons) Computer Gaming Technology is primarily a programming degree, helping you to develop the technical skills to create great games. A valuable toolset to support this is maths. Throughout our course you’ll develop the essential maths skills required to implement complex game designs, graphics and artificial intelligences aspects of your games.
Right from Year 1, you’ll be creating games. Everything you design will help you build a valuable portfolio to help you secure your dream job when you graduate. There will be opportunities to take up placements or take up opportunities provided by local game developers.
You'll study both the theory and practical aspects of game development and gain experience of the whole development process, from initial concepts to programming, testing and publication. You’ll spend plenty of time in our Games Development Studio, which simulates a commercial working studio and features up-to-date hardware and software. We currently have Unity 3D, Unreal Engine 4, Cry Engine, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Visual Studio/C#/C++, 3D Studio Max and Maya.
Our BSc (Hons) Computer Gaming Technology degree has a significant maths and physics component in the first year. This is essential to help you create more complex games as you progress through your degree. We encourage you to engage with these subject areas, before applying, in order to get the most out of your studies. The subject can be challenging, but we'll support you through this process and help you to develop technically and professionally.
Our course is located in its own specialist game development labs, located next to the Games Art labs where you’ll collaborate closely with Games Art and Audio Technology students. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in game-jams, guest lectures, workshops and interact with game developers.
Eighteen per cent of the UK games industry is based in Cambridge**, so it’s a great place to study, surrounded by studios large and small. Many famous developers are based locally, including Sony, Frontier, Jagex, Inertia Game Studios, Eidolon Studios and PTM Games. Our department is also a member of TIGA, the association for games developers in the UK.
We host the annual Brains Eden Gaming Festival, when students from across Britain and Europe compete in teams to build games.
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It can take three years to create a game, all the way from initial concept to the finished product. One game can involve up to 200 professionals working as a team.
The BSc (Hons) Computer Gaming Technology degree will provide you with relevant skills to pursue careers in games programming, quality assurance and independent game development. The core programming skills are also transferable to the wider IT industry, or possibly to a career teaching programming/computer science, giving you extra flexibility.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses. We offer an innovative, MSc Computer Games Development which focuses on developing skills through intense collaborative, industry focused projects.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. You’ll demonstrate your learning through the games you produce, but there will also be a mix of exams, personal learning plans and projects.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
Occasionally, opportunities arise for extra-curricular opportunities with local game developers. In the past, these have ranged from participating in focus groups, user testing, asset development and other short term opportunities. You will be made aware of such opportunities as they arise and work with you to help fit them around your other commitments.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at FST-Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time, sandwich-thick undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
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