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Computer Games Technology - BSc (Hons) / MSci

September 2021 — UCAS code G450 - BSc / I621 - MSci

BSc (Hons) / MSci Computer Games Technology is a course that focusses on the technical expertise required to develop computer games. The core modules deep-dive into 2D and 3D graphics rendering, physics, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction required for the development of high-end computer games platforms....

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Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.


Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Undergraduate
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City Centre
  • School School of Computing and Digital Technology
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment

Clearing 2021

96 points
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Please note: the entry requirements listed below are relevant for main cycle applications and may not be applicable during Clearing.

Overview

BSc (Hons) / MSci Computer Games Technology is a course that focusses on the technical expertise required to develop computer games. The core modules deep-dive into 2D and 3D graphics rendering, physics, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction required for the development of high-end computer games platforms. The course will also involve working in small and large multi-disciplinary (creative and technical) teams for the development of computer games.

While studying your computer games degree, you will use our state-of-the-art computer games technology lab, which is kitted with high-performance PCs with dual monitors and cutting edge GPUs, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and XBox development kits, as well as a variety of industry standard software.

Our collaborations with Microsoft, Unity and Sony, coupled with our state-of-the-art technology will help you develop the skills you need to be successful in the games industry and beyond.

This course aims to develop critical, current, analytical and agile graduates, who:

  • produce computer games in a legal and ethical manner;
  • have a diverse understanding of the key issues that exist in games development;
  • combine the critical faculties that derive from a traditional academic degree with the professional skills and flexibility needed to get the best jobs in the games development industry;
  • can manage their own personal development and lifelong learning;
  • are equipped to be familiar with a variety of contemporary industry tools and agile enough to respond to new technologies and consumer trends.
What is an MSci?
Want to know more?
Find out about our Integrated Master’s

What's covered in the course?

On the course, you will learn a range of technical and professional skills, including understanding fundamentals and advanced coding practices, graphics programming, network communications and artificial intelligence. You will work independently and in teams, as well as develop strong written and oral communication skills.

The course philosophy highlights the importance of going beyond your studies – therefore, we encourage you to participate in many extracurricular activities. As we are located in the heart of Birmingham city centre, we are close to many independent game studios, who host events throughout the year. We also regularly participate in international game development competitions such as Global Game Jam and Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, all of which give you the opportunity to showcase your talent on a wider stage, and network with others in the industry.

You will not only learn about mainstream and traditional video game development, but also explore allied and emerging disciplines such as serious and educational game development, augmented and virtual reality, as well as simulations. You’ll have the opportunity to execute a 30-week work placement in the industry, which you can complete at home or overseas. The experience allows you to place the specialist knowledge and skills acquired on the course in a real world working context.

The experience will allow you to create a network of professional contacts, and build your CV, both of which are essential for entering the job market. Upon graduation, you could progress into a range of careers in the game industry, for example game or graphics programmer, tools programmer or QA tester in either larger companies or independent studios. You will also have the skills to enable you to work in allied disciplines such as a serious or educational game developer. Alternatively, you could work in more traditional computing or software engineering roles, start your own company or progress into further education.

This course is open to International students.

Accredited By

This course is accredited by:

  • Tiga Accreditation

The state-of-the-art hardware and software combined with astounding teaching, has fast tracked my games development skills, I am now going into my second year with an independently published title.

Nadia Nadeem

Why Choose Us?

  • Brand new facilities at STEAMhouse - This state-of-the-art building, launching in January 2022, will become the new home for computing and digital technology students. Based at our expanding City Centre Campus, this unique centre will give you access to outstanding facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities to collaborate with people and businesses across multiple sectors and work on real industry-based projects.
  • State-of-the-art facilities  - Our computing facilities include a dedicated computer games development lab which houses high specification game development PCs, VR and AR headsets, Sony PlayStation Dev Kits and Xbox controllers. 
  • Accredited Course - This course is accredited by TIGA (The Independent Game Developers Association)
  • Strong industry links  -  We network with gaming industry giants such as Sony, Microsoft and many local independent studios.   You will have the option to join our Curzon Software House and take part in industry projects to build up skills for your CV.  
  • Exceptional research reputation -  In industries including computer games technology to healthcare and medicine. 
  • Gain employability skills - You will be exposed to current industry standard technology to develop your practical computer programming skills, making you highly employable across the many computing sectors.  
  • Professional placement options - You will have the option to take a 30-week placement in industry to gain work experience either in the UK or overseas to enhance your CV.  
  • Go abroad - We offer travel scholarships so that you gain work experience overseas.

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Entry Requirements

96 points
(or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing.
Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your points.

Apply nowCall the hotline

0121 331 6777

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Alternative options

If you do not have 96 points, you may like to look at our:

Or explore your options if you don’t have enough points for any of our courses.

Please note: the entry requirements listed below are relevant for main cycle applications and may not be applicable during Clearing.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Experience in Computer Programming is preferred

LEVEL 2 QUALIFICATIONS
GCSE
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above
  • Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)
  • See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
Scottish Intermediate 2
  • English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
Scottish Credit Standard Grade
  • English Language and Mathematics at grade 2 or above
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
Scottish National 5
  • English language and mathematics at grade C or above
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) Qualifications
A level and Advanced VCE
  • BBC / 112 UCAS points
  • Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing at A-level or level 3 equivalent
  • A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.
Access to HE Diploma
  • Pass with 60 credits, 45 of which should be at Level 3. including 12 Techical credits merit or distinction.
  • Must be from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects.
  • Knowledge of Computer Programming is required for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing.
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2002 – 2010)
  • DMM / 112 UCAS points
  • Must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 – 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate
    (2002 – 2010)
  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
  • Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma (2016 to present)

  • Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)

  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

  • Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
    (2016 – present)

  • Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)

  • BTEC Level 3 National Award
    (2002 - 2010)

  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with two A-levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

  • Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) one of which must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core (awarded until 2016) ESW/KS Combined component

  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) one of which must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall and pass one of the following subjects from Group 4 at Higher Level (Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics)

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications  
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Additional Requirements

As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.

This will provide you with more information about the School and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Study Year £9,250
  • Placement Year £1,650

Professional Placement Fees

Full-Time courses with a Professional Placement incur a fee during the placement year. The costs for those years when you attend the university for study, and the cost for the placement year are shown here.

Award: MSci

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Study Year £9,250
  • Placement Year £1,650

Professional Placement Fees

Full-Time courses with a Professional Placement incur a fee during the placement year. The costs for those years when you attend the university for study, and the cost for the placement year are shown here.

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 3 years
  • £13,200 per year

Award: MSci

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 4 years
  • £13,200 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.

£150 free credit (home/EU students only)

For 2021 entry, all new home/EU undergraduate students will receive £150 worth of free credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Free Adobe Creative Cloud licence

Students studying on this course can request a free licence to install the entire suite of applications on up to two personal devices, including access to Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, Premier Pro and After Effects.

Learning Tools

Free access to LinkedIn Learning, which offers over 5,000 in-depth and bite-sized courses. This course also provides free access to Pluralsight, which offers a wealth of courses, guides and tutorials aligned to the digital creative industry.

Specialist Software

You will be able to access free licences for game development specific software such as Unity, Unreal Engine, Substance Suite, Maya, Mudbox, Motion Builder and Houdini.

Microsoft Certifications (optional)

The exams required to gain Microsoft Office (MOS), Microsoft Technical Certification (MTC) and Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) certifications are currently free for our students. We also provide free self-paced resources and access to practice exams via dedicated Moodle pages. Find out more about the exams available, and the objectives covered.

Unity Academic Alliance Certifications (optional)

At BCU CEBE we are part of the academic alliance with game development engine provider, Unity. This allows for students to take exams to accredit and officially certify themselves as Unity approved users. Find out more about this scheme.

Project materials (mandatory)

This course includes project work that requires you to develop and produce a portfolio or collection. You'll be expected to provide the materials for use in your individual major projects; costs will vary depending on the materials selected.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

Some modules may suggest that you purchase a key textbook. All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. Many students choose to purchase a copy.

Placement expenses (optional)

If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Places available to start in September 2021

If you'd like to start this course full-time this September, you can apply through Clearing.


Apply nowCall the hotline

0121 331 6777

See hotline opening hours.

International and part-time students can apply online as normal using the links above.

Want to start in September 2022?

You can apply via UCAS from September 2021.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Course in Depth

Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

This module will introduce you to the basic principles behind programming for example language syntax, structure of a computer program, development of algorithms and use of object oriented programming. You will use an appropriate professional game engine in order to develop your skills in 2D game development.

This module will complement and build upon the programming skills that you learnt in CMP4264 2D Game Programming. This time you will focus on learning the principles behind programming and developing a simple 3D computer game using a professional game engine. You will explore working with 3D scenes and cameras; implementing a range of media assets for example 3D models, meshes, 3D animations as well as sound and audio.

This module will equip you with the necessary background knowledge about common data structures and algorithms. It will develop your skills for writing them, and analysing their efficiency and correctness. You will cover topics such as how computers represent and operate on arrays, lists, sets, queues, stacks, graphs and networks, as well as how to write and analyse algorithms.

This module provides students with the technical skills and experience to produce 3D models and turntable renders for use in visual effects.The skills developed in this module will inform and underpin the use of 3D models throughout the rest of your course.

The module aims to develop your modelling skills to a highly competent standard, developing your knowledge of the fundamentals of 3D modelling as well as providing you with experience of using industry-standard modelling tools. By the end of the module you will be able to approach modelling productions by drawing on a suite of 3D modelling methods and tools. The module will also provide an overview of how 3D assets are used in a variety of industries.

As modern game development moves toward creating richer, more detailed worlds than ever before, so do the demands on the systems for managing and processing the vast quantities of digital resources used in these worlds. This module will interrogate the problems and potential solutions that can be employed to tackle these issues. In this module, we'll analyse the game asset pipeline. 

The asset pipeline, simply put, is the steps it takes to get a game asset into the game. Students will use a game engine to develop their own 3D game, managing assets for the game accordingly. This unit covers the set of techniques and concepts related to the creation of a modern computer game using industry-standard middleware. You will be introduced to game programming skills related to asset management (pre-production, production and integration). We will also cover plugin tools designed to facilitate export from art creation tools and their import into middleware. Often bespoke solutions are required and programmers have to create their own tools from scratch (known as Tools Programmers), this module introduces the premises that are required for most games.

This module will help you to develop important academic and professional skills. Team work, project and time management, as well as research, verbal and written communication skills are core skills that a graduate will need to demonstrate. In order to help you develop these types of skills the module will be delivered using a problem based learning approach.

Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

The module is an opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills of collaboration by enabling you to create an interdisciplinary project with students from complementary disciplines, or with academic staff. Collaboration is a vital employability skill within the Creative Industries and this module allows you to develop these skills, making use of University facilities and with the support of academic staff.

Computer graphics is a sub-field of computer science which studies methods for digitally synthesising and manipulating visual content. Although the term often refers to the study of three-dimensional computer graphics, it also encompasses two-dimensional graphics and image processing.

Computer graphics is responsible for displaying art and image data effectively and meaningfully to a user. It is also used for processing image data received from the physical world. Computer graphics development has had a significant impact on many types of media and has revolutionised animation, movies, advertising, video games, and graphic design in general.

You will learn about the document object model and how you can dynamically manipulate it with JavaScript to create interactive games for the Web. You will consider accessibility and usability issues, and how you can overcome them. You will learn about website deployment and how you can use it to make your websites accessible to other people. The module will also enable you to present your game online in the form of a website for use in your portfolio.

This module focuses on C++ programming, helping you to develop your skills in the use of an object-oriented programming language and to learn how to debug, optimise and test C++ programs. The learning and teaching strategy is centred on lab sessions where tutors provide advice, guidance and formative evaluation.

Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project. 

Artificial intelligence is concerned with the goal of building intelligent computing machines. It is multidisciplinary and as such spans several other subjects, such as computer science (of which it is often viewed to be part), robotics, economic behaviour, psychology. AI techniques are also employed in the rapidly expanding field of predictive analytics in data mining. A good grasp of mathematical reasoning and logic is important therefore, and the study of the topics presented here will help further develop these skills.

The module will provide students with a theoretical foundation underpinning the design and development of mobile games in combination with practical elements for the implementation of mobile games on mobile platforms (such as iOS). Furthermore, this module will provide students with an insight into the practices of the mobile gaming sector, in particular issues relating to their publishing, marketing and commercialisation.

The games console industry is a very lucrative market appealing to consumers of all ages and backgrounds. Game consoles are still one of most important ways of publishing AAA game titles. In recent years, AAA game studios no longer exclusively use commercial game engines with many vendors keen that students get the opportunity to work with them too. This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore how to develop games for consoles working with industry standard technology.

The Game industry has overtaken the film industry in terms of revenue and audio is an integral part of developing high impact titles. In this module, you will explore the fundamentals of sound design for interactive environments, including sound effects, Foley sound, soundscapes and dialogue. The module will cover the integration of audio into game engines like Unity and middleware such as FMOD, and mixing techniques particular to the gaming industry.

Year Four

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

This module will build on the knowledge and skills taught in Programming for Game Engines and Game Development using Console. It will focus on learning how to programme 3D graphics using an industry standard API such as DirectX, OpenGL or Vulkan in order to implement a 3D graphics/game scene. This module aligns with the programme’s philosophy of developing a wider appreciation of how game technologies can be applied in many different disciplines by covering the fundamental principles behind 3D graphics programming.

Technology evolves at a rapid pace and as a result its scope for application to applied games research and commercial practice expands too. Examples include the emergence of virtual and augmented reality, neuro-gaming, embodied conversational agents as well as affective computing & gaming. It is difficult to predict future trends therefore this module will be based upon investigative practice. You will work with tutors and peers to identify an emerging research area in games technology. You will investigate how this technology can be used and subsequently implement a minimum viable product to dem onstrate your ‘proof-of-concept’.

This module builds on the concepts taught in Quality of Service in Network Environments. It addresses the use of network technology and models in games design to enhance game play in the form of a networked game. This is a practical-based module where you will get ‘hands-on’ experience of network game programming, including low-level network programming and networking middleware, such as RakNet, to implement multi-player game features such as managing teams, message passing, lobbies, synchronising game data, voice data, peer-to-peer vs. client/server, managing connections and dealing with NAT, network games in IPv4 and IPv6 environments, etc. It also considers the impact of network games on the network and covers analysing network game load and issues of scalability. Being programming based this module also enhances your transferable skills to other computing and software engineering disciplines: you develop confidence in gaining important technical skills and become an independent problem solver willing to take on new challenges and experiences.

The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed group project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, your group will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your group’s topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will be expected to work as part of a group but you will receive additional support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your groups chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project. 

This is a practical ‘hands-on’ course, which will encourage you to develop a wide range of technical skills needed to develop computer games for mainstream game studios, small ‘indie’ companies or develop your skills as a researcher or entrepreneur in emerging applied game technology fields. The technical and professional skills are also transferable to other computing disciplines.

As the course progresses, you will learn the fundamental principles through to advanced concepts behind computer game and graphics programming. You will learn to use a range of commercial game engines and how to manipulate different game assets. You will also learn about computer communication networks and game distribution, as well as how to implement artificial intelligence.

As you progress through the years you will become more independent in your approaches to learning. You will work both individually and within teams, with the tutors providing expert guidance and mentoring, all of which is designed to develop your confidence so you can undertake progressively more complex and challenging technical tasks.

Our assessment strategy is very reflective of industry needs and therefore will predominantly be coursework based - approximately 70 per cent. You will learn to present your ideas confidently and showcase your work to a variety of audiences, both as members of a team or as an individual. You will also learn to communicate your ideas and findings through written pieces of work, for example by formulating proposals and technical reports.

Guidance in your academic studies will be provided in the form of a range of support mechanisms. This will include formative feedback from tutors, as well as having access to a wide range of excellent support services that exist within the University.

The first year of the course focuses on developing your fundamental skills in designing, developing and programming simple 2D and 3D games. As you progress through to the second year the emphasis moves to developing more sophisticated 3D games and learning to develop more complex solutions to technical problems. The third and fourth year focus more on the fundamental technologies behind how games and game engines are made.

You will also be expected to become more independent in your problem solving, undertaking larger individual and team projects, where you will be required to develop novel and innovative ‘game-based’ solutions to a range of different and diverse scenarios.

Attendance requirements

For more information on attendance requirements, course contact time and suggested self-study hours, download the course specification.

Tiga Accreditation
Tiga Accreditation

This course is accredited by TIGA (The Independent Game Developers Association).

Employability

Enhancing your employability

Engaging with industry and gaining work experience during your studies is essential if you are going to be taken seriously in the job market. Getting work experience in the games industry can be challenging, so we encourage you to take advantage of as many of the extra-curricular activities available. These may include industry sponsored talks and events, game jams, voluntary work, internships and placements.

The University is eager to recognise you have made the effort to gain industry experience and stand out from the typical graduate, so we offer a range of options for you to get extra awards and recognition for your work in industry and attain employability skills. All of this has been incorporated into an additional University programme called Graduate+.

You have the option to undertake an assessed sandwich year between your second and third year, which will provide you with valuable work experience and give you the real-life skills you need. It may not always be possible to get a placement in the game industry, so we actively encourage you to broaden your interests to allied sectors, for example software development companies. We also encourage you to gain relevant work experience by taking on short-term internships with local companies.

The second-year Interdisciplinary Project and Industry Project and Practice modules, as well as the third-year Consultancy and IT module, are all devised to promote employability. These modules give you the opportunity to work on live projects, working across disciplines where you use games to help solve problems in other fields which are not normally associated with games. These modules also encourage you to develop your skills and learn how to commercialise your own game ideas.

Placements

There are a range of opportunities for you to gain industry experience during your studies examples of activities our students have done include: 

  •        Game developer for local indie studios
  •        Web programmer
  •        QA in game development
  •        Software engineer
  •        IT support and administration
  •        Internal placements within the University

Hear from our students

Daniel Hind

Computer Games Technology student Daniel Hind is working as a Code Intern at Rebellion. This is a traditional C++ games industry programming role.

Read about Daniel's placement

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities and Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

The course is supported with a wide range of cutting-edge facilities in the City Centre Campus. We have a state-of-the-art computer games technology lab which contains high-performance PCs, Sony PlayStation development kits and a range of industry standard software including Unity, Unreal and a suite of professional Microsoft development tools.

We also have many open access areas where students can study together and even hire out laptops for use in these spaces and others within the university.

Within the University there are many internationally recognised research teams giving you the opportunity to collaborate with them on exciting interdisciplinary projects.

Computer networking

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.

Software development and computer programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.

Systems laboratories

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.

Electronic systems

To underpin the basic principles of electronic systems, we have a well-equipped laboratory of general and specialist test and measurement kits, including powered prototyping development boards, dual power supplies, frequency generators and counters and digital multi-meters to name but a few.

Forensic computing

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.

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Our staff

Dr Carlo Harvey

Associate Professor, Director of Future Games and Graphics

Dr Carlo Harvey is an Associate Professor in Computer Games Technology at Birmingham City University, in the School of Computing and Digital Technology. He teaches C++ for Games, Computer Graphics and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning. He is the course leader for BSc Computer Games Technology and the Director of Future Games and Graphics overseeing the research arm for Games and Graphics within the DMTLab at BCU.

He is a co-founder of Curzon Software House. Curzon Software House was started as a Birmingham City University initiative to aid students to develop their skills, work on industry projects and gain experience of working in a job in the field. The initiative has been recently funded and is a new micro-placement opportunity. Curzon Software House works with many top local and national companies to produce real-world projects, whilst planning out deliverables, and meeting targets. Curzon Software House benefits from the collaboration with the University, which provides the team with cutting-edge technology. Using Microsoft Hololens, VR equipment, and state-of-the-art PCs with high-end configurations, they produce high-quality content for their clients. This initiative was nominated by TIGA (The Independent Game Developers’ Association) for the Best Educational Initiative and Talent Development award.

Since arriving at BCU in late 2017, he has been shortlisted for best personal tutor and inspiring teacher of the year. He has also seen the course BSc Computer Games Technology nominated for the TIGA award: Best Educational Institution two years running.

He was previously the programme leader for the Games Programming course in the Creative Technologies department of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University. Whilst at Bournemouth University the course won the TIGA Award for the Best Educational Institution. He oversaw the development of the BSc Games Programming course into the redesigned BSc Games Software Engineering. This process was approved by both an internal and external panel, by the Academic Quality team and by the Faculty Academic Standard Committee. He also undertook the role of Unit of Assessment 11 Impact Champion, overseeing the development of case studies being prepared for the Research Excellence Framework 2021 submission process.

Prior to this, Carlo worked with Jaguar Land Rover on an EPSRC funded research proposal, Program for Simulation Innovation (Psi: Theme 7). This project aimed to drive digital prototyping forward for the next generation. His work on this project included visualisation and sound-field manipulation for virtual vehicles. This utilised and integrated a wide variety of technology into one holistic demonstrator.

He completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Warwick in 2012. This was entitled Modality Based Perception for Selective Rendering and considered user study evaluated techniques to speed up image synthesis, taking advantage of perceptual artefacts of cross-modal attention under different sensory systems. He has a BSc (Hons) Computer Science from Bristol University (2007) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice from the University of Warwick (2016).

Carlo has published in the fields of perception-aware rendering, simulation, auditory perception, multi-sensory perceptual impact on vision and cultural heritage. He has a number of Q1 journal publications and has won numerous best technical/application and student paper awards at international conferences. 

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Dr Andrew Wilson

Associate Professor

Andrew is an Associate Professor at the School of Computing and Digital Technology and has been the programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology course for the last five years.

As well as teaching he works with local games companies to provide work opportunities for his students and supports international teaching collaborations in games. His research interests revolve around the use of technology to support issues relating to healthcare. This includes how computer games may be used in this field i.e. serious games and games for health.

He is also interested in the human and psychological factors associated with the adoption and use of technology in healthcare settings; publishing numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference presentation in this area.

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Mathew Randall

Programme Leader, Film and Image

Mathew has been working with computer graphics since the mid-1990s and has been involved in moving image production for over 10 years. Coming from an academic background in multimedia, he has extensive experience in real-time computer graphics and rendering, designing and developing user interfaces, games, systems for visualising data and signals, video systems for concerts and festivals, interactive sonic and video installations and real-time generative art.

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Xi Guo

Lecturer in Computer Games Technology

Dr Xi Guo is currently a Lecturer in the Centre of Digital Media Technology in the School of Computing and Digital Technology of Birmingham City University. She leads the Web Game Development and 3D Game Programming modules.

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Lianne Forbes

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Visual Effects

Lianne has 14 years of high-end VFX film industry experience. Her focus is on forging strong links between the University and industry. She plans to develop student awareness of industry practices and produce more opportunities for them to engage with industry professionals.

Her VFX career has spanned over 5 countries, working with award-winning companies such as Framestore, Animal Logic, Pixomondo, and Rising Sun Pictures.

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