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Game Design and Production

Course Code: UF5078, UX5078

Level: 5
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years (full-time) or three years (part-time)
When you'll study: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9.00am - 6.30pm (part-time)

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About the course

Inspired by The International Game Developers Association Curriculum Framework, informed by student feedback and in response to industry requirements, this Foundation Degree in Games Design and Production covers the design and production of electronic games. The City College Plymouth course emulates the production and design process applied in the games industry whilst teaching the academic skills essential to success. In much the same way the industry requires collaborative working across specialist sectors, you will work with students from other disciplines, such as business and marketing, in order to promote their product in the marketplace. You’ll also work with lecturers from different disciplines as well as industry professionals in order to forge links with those active in the growing indie developer sector. Applying academic theory to practical development, responding to market and working with fellow students in order to produce and design will be placed at the centre of the curriculum. At the end of this programme, students are expected to have designed and produced a game product for release into the marketplace.


For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

What you'll learn

The course includes the following subjects:

  • conceptual game design – the driving components of electronic game play in terms of player engagement and motivation.
  • programming concepts – the general principles and concepts of programming C++.
  • human computer interaction – with a focus on graphical interfaces, usability and feedback.
  • programming for games – the general principles and concepts of games programming will allow learners to apply 2D and 3D programming methods used in games.
  • game narrative and contextual play – methods for implementing narrative though the contextualisation of game play and the game environment.
  • 2D and 3D art for computer games – convey game visuals through digitally drawn concept art, 2D game art and use 3D modelling techniques to create low ploy game components.
  • game engines – with a focus on 3D engines, such as UDK and Unity, assessing their architecture and features to develop a small game.
  • game studies – gaming and its role in society to decode the semiotics and vocabulary of electronic games in order to propose own system of play.
  • game platforms – platform types and their development, investigating both hardware and software architectures, installing, configuring and troubleshooting.
  • sound and animation – the psychology of sound for games, sound creation techniques, animation techniques and principles.
  • game production – participation in the production of a working game, selecting team members, monitoring and achieving targets in order to deliver the project outcome.
  • promotion and enterprise – identify areas for commercial development, virtual networking, social media and techniques for the promotion and marketing of your own game.
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • International Baccalaureate at 26 points

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through both coursework and formal exams.

What's next?

On successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to a wide range of careers in the gaming and design industry.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: UF5078

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £6950

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.