Our Games Design and Creative Writing BA opens up the whole process of games creation and consumption for you to study and analyse while you acquire skills in communication, creativity and practical design. And while no previous programming or art experience is necessary – we’ll teach you all you need to know – great enthusiasm for the subject is a prerequisite. With strong industry links giving you access to established games designers and producers who will get to see your work, our students also get to work on team projects for Octopus 8 and have the chance to publish their games on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
By combining your Games studies with Creative Writing, you will become part of a Creative Writing programme which has regularly featured in the Top 10 of the Guardian League Tables and which boasts a teaching team who between them have published over 100 books, produced countless scripts for TV, radio and film and won umpteen awards. Creative Writing at Brunel is ranked 8th in the UK and 2nd in London in The Guardian 2018.
The games design industry is booming and offers an excellent career path with plenty of opportunities for development and innovation.
Our Games Design courses are for those who are passionate about video and computer games and are devoted to their analysis and design. They are about much more than creating graphics or programming. The courses focus on the creative and practical skills needed to create an entertaining and engaging experience for gamers around the world. For us, Games Design is a multi-disciplinary skill that covers the creation of rules, art, software use, communication, writing and much more.
You’ll have 24-hour access to the games lab where high-spec PCs are available for work and to play games. You’ll also have access to a Flat Room, where there is an impressive collection of board games.
Our course is highly regarded by games studios and many send guest speakers to talk to our students. Brunel graduates now enjoying successful careers in the games industry visit us regularly. During your time here you’ll have the chance to network with key figures in the industry and pitch your ideas to them.
Our flexible course means you can study what really interests you. In the first year you’ll study modules designed to help you decide where your interests lie. In the second and third years you have the choice to focus on Design, Art, Technology or Games Studies. You’ll be taught by specialist researchers in the theoretical analysis of digital games and by professionals experienced in games production. As well as thinking about how the games industry works, you will learn to prototype, write games design documents, pitch games and develop skills in image manipulation, animation and 3D modelling. We provide plenty of opportunities for designing games, too. Our students take part in the international Global Games Jam that challenges teams to create a game over a weekend. They also won the 2016 Ukie Student Game Jam.
By the end of the course, and depending on the pathway you choose, you’ll have a range of skills sought after by the games industry for roles including game design, game production, game art, game development, game analysis and game research. During the summer break, you can work on team projects for Octopus 8, a games studio run by industry veterans to highlight new talent. The finished games are then published on the Apple App Store and Google Play. By the end of the course you’ll have mastered skills sought by the industry in game design, production and analysis. Our graduates work at Hasbro, Rovio, Creative Assembly, Supermassive Games and other prestigious organisations.