Games Development - BSc (Hons) [Top-Up] [Full-Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Computing

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

Overview

This course provides a firm platform of modern software engineering techniques used within the development of computer games, to ensure you are well placed to take on a role within this dynamic and expanding industry.

This course offers you the opportunity to further increase your existing technical knowledge and skills to enable you to pursue a career as a games developer within the games industry.

During this course you will have the exciting opportunity to study a programme developed closely with local games companies and our industry partners.

On completion of this programme you can progress onto a Masters (MSc) and further specialise in your selected area of computing or move into employment within the industry.
 

This course runs on the following dates:



Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will get to use our dedicated, self-contained lab. It has its own private internal network and contains some of the latest industry equipment and software. You'll have guest lectures and Q&A sessions with experts from industry.
Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your Games Development programme.
We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.
Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide master-classes and workshops to enrich your learning.
This games technologies program will give you student membership of the BCS (British Computer Society), allowing you to participate in a full program of CPD and events here in Newcastle.
 

Who the course is for

The BSc Games Development provides its graduates with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to create computer games and interactive experiences, using contemporary game engines, scripting languages, and programming tools. The course provides an excellent grounding in computer programming, required by the computer games industry and beyond, offering graduates a qualification suitable for employment in the multi-billion pound, global computer game industry. It also prepares students to work in the fields of mobile and online application development.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Games Development by NCG.

How to Apply

UCAS

UCAS will begin to accept applications for 2018 entry from September 2017. Applications for 2018 entry will need to be made using the web-based on-line application system www.ucas.com

When you apply, you will need the UCAS code for your chosen course (see the course listing in the prospectus). You will also need Newcastle College’s institution name and code.

The institution name is NCAST.
The institution code is N23.

If you have any problems with the online application, contact UCAS by phone: 0871 4680 468  or email: enquiries@ucas.ac.uk.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email international@ncl-coll.ac.uk

Course Content

Cross Platform Development
This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of developing across platforms. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, laboratory, practice, seminars, and independent study. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback on class activities. Laboratory and practice sessions will be used to develop and test your mobile application for the assessment. You will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding of cross platform development.

Internet Games Development
This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of internet games development. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, laboratories, seminars, directed and independent learning. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback from class activities and lab sessions. You will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding of internet games development.


Collaborative Development

This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of collaborative development. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, laboratory, practice, seminars, and independent study. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback on class activities, practical’s and serves as a group analysis of industry work. Laboratory and practice sessions will be used by you to develop and test your prototype artefact for the assessment. Students will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding.

Research Methods and Data Analysis
This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of research methods and data analysis. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, IT workshops, seminars, independent research and independent study. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback from class activities and practice application of research methods and data analysis. You will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding in the area of research methods and data analysis. Understanding of network virtualisation, server management and compliancy. Students will work with current server and virtualisation technology with a heavy focus on industry recognised compliancy standards such as ISO27000 and PCI DSS.

Dissertation / Project
The Computing Dissertation/Project is an individual piece of work designed to develop and test a wide range of knowledge, abilities, and skills.

At the beginning of the module, you will receive timetabled lectures covering suitable project planning and management and professional issues which link to the Research Methods and Data Analysis module. You will be assigned to a member of the academic staff for supervision. Supervision meetings will normally take place in timetabled rooms, and you will be part of a supervision group of students. You will be able to benefit from peer support and interaction with other dissertation/project students during these sessions.
 

Learning Methods

You will learn through a variety of different methods including:
•Written practical assignments
•Work-Based project
•Presentations
•Vivas
•Peer work
•Independent study.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a variety of different methods including:

  • In Course Technical Reports
  • Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Case Studies
  • Peer Assessment
  • Work-Based Projects
  • Time-Constrained Assessments
  • Viva Discussions

Progression Opportunities

This programme was developed in conjunction with local games development companies and our industry partners to ensure that, on successful completion of this course, you have the knowledge and technical skills required to pursue an exciting career within the games industry.

You could progress further in education and study a Masters (MSc) and further specialise in your selected area of computing.

Career Opportunities

Your studies are designed to provide entry into the core software engineering layer of the digital entertainment industry. From here, you will be able to progress into a wide range of career paths, both technical and managerial. Based on sound software engineering principles, the course will also equip you for a software engineering career in the wider computing industry.

Entry Requirements

Have successfully achieved 55% or above in a Foundation Degree or HND in a computing related subject.

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above.

 

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Reception
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

They are no additional course cost requirements to successfully complete, however we would recommend that you purchase an external hard drive for storage.

 

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.