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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Computer Games Design Graphic Arts

Course type


Course Summary

Creative flair and technical skill combine on MA Games at NUA – an award-winning university acclaimed by the industry in the UK and around the world. You will collaborate with like-minded peers and be guided by subject specialist staff as well as interdisciplinary sessions with students across all of our MA courses as you work towards your ambition of a career in the games industry or wider creative sector.

The course will accelerate the development of your existing skillset against the backdrop of the demands and rigours of industry best practice. Alongside broader research into the social, technical, economic and cultural context in which games are produced, you will be able to specialise in areas such as Concept Art, Sequential Narrative, Asset Production and Indie Games Development and Enterprise.

You will explore the role of social inclusion in games, as well as the role of gamification in society. You will explore the role of ludology and games narrative while working on your own creative practice, be that digital, board game production or performative, conceptual ideas.

Whatever your choice, your creativity will be informed by theoretical, cultural and historical research – and powered by cutting-edge technology and software.

NUA was ranked as the UK’s Best Educational Institution in the 2017 TIGA Games Industry Awards, and in the global top 10 by the panel of industry veterans behind The Rookies in 2018.

NUA Games graduates include three BAFTA-winning games designers, the V&A’s first Games Designer in Residence, six teams of Dare to Be Digital finalists and employees at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Foundry 42, Rebellion, Crytek, Frontier Developments, Splash Damage, Ubisoft, Rockstar Games, and many more.

We are keen to recruit candidates who are interested in games research and the use of games in a range of settings including healthcare, heritage and cultural diversity.

Different course options

Full time | Norwich University of the Arts | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Design and conduct an independent project within a given timescale. This unit will help prepare you for the Masters Project and encourages you to engage with creative industries and practitioners while you experiment and try new ways of working.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons) / BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application. The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award.

University information

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is one of the great British art schools: a specialist arts, design and media university that draws on more than 170 years of history but with a focus on the future. Postgraduate students come to NUA from diverse backgrounds and with a range of hopes for their future. But they share a passion for creativity. They share a pioneering spirit and determination to explore their creative practice. PG study at...more