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Digital Games Theory and Design MA

Digital Games Theory and Design MA

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Computer Games Design

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The games design industry, in the UK and worldwide, is growing and there is a demand for skilled and well-educated professionals to take gaming to its next level. Brunel’s Digital Games Theory and Design MA course will give you a comprehensive understanding of digital games and the techniques and principles used in their design. You will engage in, and experiment with, practical games design. You will focus on the process of devising the gameplay experience. This will include (but is not limited to) the creation of rules, gameplay mechanics, narrative, world design and user experience.

This is not a programming course and it’s not a graphics course, so there is no need for you to have programming skills or to have an art background. You will learn how to create your own practical designs, how to communicate your ideas to an audience, how to create games design documents, and you’ll also explore games studies. You will have opportunities to make connections with other games design cohorts and industry experts. And we will encourage you to participate in extracurricular activities such as game jams and game-related networking events. These are all activities that introduce you to the broader social culture of the digital and creative world and are vital to being successful in the games industry.

You will have opportunities to make connections with other games design cohorts and industry experts. And we will encourage you to participate in extracurricular activities such as game jams and game-related networking events. These are all activities that introduce you to the broader social culture of the digital and creative world and are vital to being successful in the games industry. Upon completing the course, you'll have the potential to enter the games industry through a variety of jobs including level designer, quality assurance, project manager and games user researcher. Our MA is will also help develop your expertise if you are already in industry if you want to update your creative and technical skills to keep up with the latest devlopments in the dynamic field of games design.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

Topics include: principles behind the rules and play of games, detailed study of how games function to create experiences, including rule design, play, mechanics/structure, game balancing, social game interaction and the integration of textual strategies to create the gaming experience. A range of paper-based and/or digitally rendered designs trial ideas and provide the focus for an evaluative case study, which is also presented orally.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,850

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants need to have 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree ,or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in arts; humanities; social sciences; multimedia; computing, or electrical engineering. Other subjects and qualifications with relevant games industry experience will be assessed on an individual basis and may also be considered.