There are two distinct types of careers in games development – the technical programming side, and the creative art and design side. This course prepares you for the creative type of career, giving you all the skills you need to work as a creative in games, graphics or multimedia industries. If you are interested in the more technical side of games development, see our BSc (Hons) Computer Science for Games course. **What you study** This course is for creative people who want to work in games, graphics or multimedia industries. You develop new game concepts and create game ready assets, learning to use industry standard tools and practices to produce exciting projects. Key areas include • games design theory • concept art • digital animation • 3D game prototype development • 3D game modelling • games mechanics • game environment creation • 2D game art • 3D character design. You learn about game design theory and narrative, applying this knowledge to gameplay and art-based game design projects. This enables you to develop interesting and interactive media that visually excites and engages people. Projects allow you to develop specialist skills, whilst offering you creative freedom within an industry-focused framework. On this course, theory is integral to informing any practical work created. **Work experience and placements** On this course you work alongside programming students to create new games from scratch in a commercial context, and experience what it’s really like to work as a professional games designer. Working in our commercial games studio Steel Minions, you can work on a project over the duration of your course, taking a game from concept to final product – and, thanks to our partnership with Sony, potentially seeing your game launched on the market. We are the only university in the UK to produce a game on a Sony platform in the UK. As well as building up an impressive portfolio of work for your CV, you gain skills like presentation and teamwork that set you up for a huge range of careers. Throughout the course you have the opportunity to work on real projects with businesses, preparing you for a career in games design. Previous students have designed game levels and concepts for Pixel Bullies and Sumo Digital, and worked with English Heritage to create a virtual tour of Conisbrough Castle. In year three, you have the opportunity to take a one-year paid work placement. Games design is a very competitive industry, and there are a limited number of placements available in games companies. We have a dedicated placement team who will support you in applying for placements. **Facilities** We have the largest PlayStation™ teaching facility in the world. Our PlayStation™ lab has over 50 professional PlayStation™ development kits where you gain professional development skills. **Expertise** Our core teaching team have worked in games design companies and know what it takes to build a successful career in this area. We also invite leading figures from the games industry to give guest lectures and deliver specialist sessions focusing on the latest industry developments. They also offer insights into the industry and invaluable career advice. Previous guests have included designers from Sumo Digital and Guerilla Games, and artists from Epic Games, Sony and Just Add Water. **Software** You use the latest game development software and hardware in industry-standard platforms, including 3D modelling packages, game engines and 2D graphics tools to create next generation environments, characters and props. You work with 3Dstudio Max, Maya, ZBrush, Unreal Engine, Unity, Marmoset Toolbag, Photoshop, Substance and Quixel Suite. You can also use our motion capture studio and the latest Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR virtual reality technology.