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BA in Games Design and Creative Writing

Brunel University London, United Kingdom

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September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,489

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
This course will help you to develop your creative writing skills and focus on how they relate to games design and game play. You’ll learn about the application of traditional story and narrative design and how it applies to games design and gameplay.
  • Your learning will come through lectures, workshops, seminars, play sessions and tutorials. You’ll also use the online forum to discuss, share and develop your knowledge. You’ll gain confidence in sharing your ideas, giving and receiving feedback and working individually as well as in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • The teaching team are experts in nurturing games talent and you will benefit from their insight into the industry. You will be introduced to ideas at the forefront of the discipline as well as sharing their knowledge and understanding of professional practice. This will help to keep you up-to-date with industry developments and show you how the skills you learn on this course are applicable to the world of work.
  • Of course the best teachers of writing are writers and Creative Writing at Brunel is taught by successful, published writers, many of whom have international reputations. You will draw on their experience across a range of genres and you will have the opportunity to study Creative Writing to a high level. You will develop your knowledge, understanding, and analytical and creative skills through the analysis, interpretation and creation of literary texts.
  • All games students will have 24-hour access to the games lab, where high spec PCs are available for you to work on and play games. You will also use the Design room, where an impressive collection of board games is available for you to learn and understand the principles of games design. This room also serves as a wonderful, collaborative space where you can play and generate ideas, work, relax and have fun.
  • You’ll finish this course with a skillset that will allow you to develop a game from scratch and be ready to work and thrive in the games industry.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-level at grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points. 
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 .
  • A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • The combination of Games Design and Creative Writing produces ever more exciting games. Studying this course and gaining the skills and knowledge within it will give you the chance to see your narrative come alive in games of your making.

The following types of modules are offered throughout the course:

  • Design modules which will help you to create strategies for generating game design ideas and projects – leading to a practical understanding of creative design
  • Theory modules to help you to understand the cultural and social significance of games and their historical contexts – which will lead you to develop formal design perspectives
  • Application modules which cover the communication tools used in the games industry such as presenting and prototyping skills
  • The Games Design and Creative Writing BA consists of compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year to keep up-to-date with the games industry, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1
Compulsory

  • FM1609 Games Design 1: Introduction to Game Design Core: Element 2
  • FM1610 Games Studies 1: Introduction to Game Studies
  • FM1611 Digital Prototyping 1: Wire-framing
  • FM1614 Business Contexts
  • CW1801 Introduction to Writing Drama
  • CW1802 Introduction to Writing Poetry
  • CW1800 Introduction to Writing Fiction

Year 2
Compulsory

  • FM2607 Games Design 2: Mechanics & Economies
  • FM2608 Games Studies 2: Concepts & Analysis

Optional

  • FM2601 Games Development 2: Methodologies & Practices
  • FM2611 Game User Research & Experience
  • FM2614 Game Genres
  • FM2615 Setting & World Design
  • EN2603 - Writing Contemporary Poetry
  • EN2016 Writing Journalism (pre-requisite CW1800)
  • EN2017 - Writing the Short Story
  • EN2019 Screenwriting
  • EN2606 - Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
  • CW2601 Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes
  • CW2600 - Life Writing

Year 3

Compulsory

  • FM3627 Games Studies 3: Theory of Games Design
  • FM3607 Major Project – Commercial Games
  • FM3608 Major Project – Experimental Games
  • FM3612 Major Project – Game Assets
  • FM3613 Major Project – Game Based Learning
  • FM3614 Major Project – Team Project
  • FM3618 Major Project – Traditional Games
  • FM3611 Theory Project: Design
  • FM3615 Theory Project: Business and Development
  • FM3616 Theory Project: Game Analysis
  • FM3617 Theory Project: People, Communities, and Cultures
  • EN3000 Creative Writing Special Project

Optional

  • FM3607 Major Project: Commercial Games
  • FM3608 Major Project: Experimental Games
  • FM3612 Major Project: Game Assets
  • FM3613 Major Project: Game Based Learning
  • FM3614 Major Project: Team Project
  • FM3618 Major Project: Traditional Games
  • FM3611 Theory Project: Design
  • FM3615 Theory Project: Business & Development
  • FM3616 Theory Project: Game Analysis
  • FM3617 Theory Project: People, Communities, & Cultures
  • EN3000 Creative Writing Special Project
  • AH3600 - Psychogeography
  • EN3613 - The Creative Industries
  • CW3600 - Writing Film and Television
  • EN3028 - Writing Modern Fiction
  • EN3029 - Writing Comedy
  • EN3612 - Writing Poetry for Performance
  • UK 
  • £9,250 full-time
  • Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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