Computer Games Development at UCLAN

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This is the support website for BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development. Here we provide resources for students studying on the course, as well as information for prospective students and other interested parties.

You can find out more about the degree and how to apply at the course pages on the Uclan website.

Why study at UCLAN?

  • We have a proven track record of graduate entry into the games industry. We have had graduates go to EA, Crytek, Lionhead, Rare, Evolution, Blitz, Bizarre, Capcom, Codemasters, Travellers Tales, Kuju, Juice, Steel Monkeys, Fuse Games, Pitbull, Playbox, Protirus, Logistix, Ruffian, Jagex, etc.
  • We are one of the few game development degrees to incorporate 3D technology into its games development and teaching through a unique industry partnership with the Stereoscopic 3D group at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE).
  • This has included students completing final year projects with direct involvement from the Stereoscopic 3D group at SCEE.
  • Simon Benson, Senior Development Manager SCEE, commented: “It’s been great working with UCLan because the staff are keen to move with developments and have taken on board a vision of 3D gaming. They are providing their students with industry informed skills that are very much needed in the future of gaming.”
  • We have been undertaking collaborative work with SCEE in the area of stereoscopic 3D for Computer Games Development. This research is ongoing.
  • The degree is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) to the highest level possible for an undergraduate degree. As a graduate of the course you will be gain Membership of the British Computer Society (MBCS), Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial Chartered Engineering (CEng). The BCS is the leading professional body for computing.
  • Our degree mirrors industry needs and composition. We specialise in the training of programmers for the games industry.
  • The ability to develop highly interactive and complex real-time programs is an excellent preparation for many careers in computing. The Computer Games Development degree will lead to you being a fully skilled Software Engineer.
  • Our course is taught by experienced staff. One of the key members of the Computer Games team, Laurent Noel, has 15 years experience of working within the games industry - including four years as the founder and technical director of a games company.
  • The course follows guidelines established by the International Games Developers Association (IGDA). IGDA "is a non-profit membership organization that advocates globally on issues related to digital game creation".
  • The course syllabus has been favourably received by industry. Adrian Hawkins of Kuju Entertainment said “I was particularly struck and impressed by the relevance to us of the modules that your course covered”.

Games Design

Computer Games Development focuses on the programming and implementation of computer games. If you are interested in the art and design side of games development, please visit the Games Design course website.