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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Computer Games Design

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Course overview:

Our MA Games Design covers both advanced theoretical and practical strands ensuring you are fully literate in areas such as complex gameplay design, project management, advanced mission design, gameplay implementation and the utilisation of advanced technologies such as Virtual Reality. You develop key transferable skills such as advanced presentation skills and are encouraged to creatively experiment with ways of conveying concepts and information.

The first semester enables you to use advanced research methods in relation to game design, allowing you to pursue a career in games research or to prepare for advanced study in MPhil or Doctorate programmes. You gain advanced practical skills required for complex mission design and implementation, as well as the ability to create advanced gameplay scenarios and professional design documents. The second semester enables you to tackle complex game development scenarios and apply advanced game management techniques, ensuring projects are organised in a professional manner from pre-production, through production, delivery and project closure. You also have an opportunity to develop – in interdisciplinary teams – a small prototype using a contemporary game engine and a prototype utilising advanced virtual reality technologies in a fully equipped VR studio.

The final semester involves the master’s project and dissertation. This is a large 60 credit module where you can design and develop a large project based on research. It has been designed to allow you to further develop and display the advanced skills and knowledge you have acquired over the programme.

How you learn:

You learn about concepts and methods primarily through keynote lectures and tutorials using case studies and examples. Lectures include presentations from guest speakers from industry. Critical reflection is key to successful problem solving and essential to the creative process. You develop your own reflective practice at an advanced level, then test and assess your solutions against criteria that you develop in the light of your research.

How you are assessed:

The programme assessment strategy has been designed to assess your subject specific knowledge, cognitive and intellectual skills and transferable skills applicable to the workplace. The strategy ensures that you are provided with formative assessment opportunities throughout the programme which support your summative assessments. There is a mix of practical work (usually in the form of a portfolio), poster and viva presentations, written reports. Formative feedback is typically given during lectures, tutorials and summative feedback using on-line methods. The assessments can include individual or group work. The assessment criteria, where appropriate, will include assessment of presentation skills and report writing.

Career opportunities:

We prepare you for a career in industry. In addition to your taught classes, we create opportunities for you to meet and network with our industry partners through events such as our ExpoSeries, which showcases student work to industry. ExpoTees is the pinnacle of the ExpoSeries with over 100 businesses from across the UK coming to the campus to meet our exceptional students, with a view to recruitment.

Different course options

Full time | Teesside University | 2 years | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

21-SEP-20

Modules

This module is a large scale piece of individual coursework, completed under the supervision of a project supervisor and a second reader. The project parameters are agreed on an individual basis by you and your supervisor with the aim to produce a substantial artefact related to the games field. The process begins with a pre-production document and culminates in a written reflective report, and a viva where the artefact is presented and defended.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£4,335

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a first degree in related discipline (2.2 minimum) or relevant experience or equivalent qualifications.

Department profile

We have a long-established track record of delivering high-quality education, research and consultancy in the fields of computing, engineering and digital technologies. Our School enjoys an excellent reputation for innovation and our teaching staff combine academic excellence, world class research and industrial experience. Many of our staff are leading experts and practitioners in their fields. We offer a broad range of innovative and...more

University information

Based on its vibrant campus in the heart of Middlesbrough in North East England, Teesside University is a friendly, modern university offering a broad portfolio of courses. The University has recently invested more than £270m in its town-centre campus giving it a leading edge in digital innovation, forensic facilities and sport and health sciences buildings. The University is investing an additional £300m over the next ten years to further...more

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