Games Design and Film and Television Studies BA
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About the Course
This innovative course will help you merge your passion for film and television with valuable skills and knowledge of the thriving games industry.
You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the factors which shape the games industry and the techniques and principles used in the design of games. Simultaneously, you will gain a broader understanding of film, television and screen-based media.
You will have the opportunity to design and analyse digital games as well as explore the ways in which film and television relate to history, culture and identity.
- You will be taught by a team who specialise in research into the theoretical analysis of digital games or who have been professionals in the games design industry
- You will be introduced to ideas and practices at the forefront of game studies and game design
- Your second subject will also provide ideas and concepts that you use in your study and design of games
- The primary aim of the Film and Television Studies course is to provide you with the conceptual and theoretical skills necessary to engage with film and television products, and to understand how they work at aesthetic, social-cultural and institutional levels.
Admissions Tutor: Ashley Brown
You will explore a range of film and television forms and the social and industrial contexts in which they are produced and consumed. You will undertake practical modules in addition to theoretical studies and will have many opportunities to explore your own ideas and interests in a programme taught by staff who have published widely in their subjects.
The teaching team will introduce you to ideas at the forefront of the discipline as well as provide you with a knowledge and understanding of professional practice.
- The Film and Television Studies department hosts the annual Cine-Excess International Cult Film Conference and Festival in London’s West End, and has recently launched an acclaimed Cine-Excess DVD Label. Further details can be found at www.cine-excess.co.uk
- The student radio station B1000 offers an additional extracurricular outlet for interested students.
- Film and TV Studies at Brunel is also strongly committed to linking teaching and research with modules taught by staff who have published authoritative work in their field.
Facts and Figures
The College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel include single and joint honours degree courses in Music and Creative Music Technology, Film and Television Studies, Screenwriting, English and Modern Drama. Our staff are active in both research and practice, and provide expertise in a wide range of topics.
Our undergraduate programmes are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills, develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques. Each programme develops basic skills within its discipline but allows you to explore your own particular interests through a range of optional modules. Research conducted by staff provides the basis for much of our teaching, ensuring that modules are connected to debates and issues that are current within these three interdisciplinary areas.
Our annual Open House festival showcases new performance work by students and visiting artists. We also benefit from the activities of the Brunel Arts, which organises tuition, performances and exhibitions across a range of arts. The student radio station B1000 offers an additional extracurricular outlet for interested students.
With its rich mix of programmes, this is a vibrant, friendly and creative place to study.
Lectures, workshops, seminars, play sessions and tutorials will provide you with different ways of engaging with relevant materials.
Use will be made of the programme’s online forum to aid in the development of knowledge and to solicit discussion.
Practical work is assessed by a range of projects throughout the programme, some of which are carried out in groups.
Assessed practical exercises and projects require increasingly more complex knowledge of markets, parameters and techniques.
Written essays which accompany projects require evaluation of your own work using a range of theoretical and critical tools.
The project modules enable a more sustained engagement in which detailed knowledge and understanding are tested.
You will acquire core transferable skills of effective communication, leadership, self-management, initiative and personal responsibility.
Our undergraduate programmes are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills and develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey
Graduates from this subject tend to fall broadly into two groups – those who wish to work in media and arts professions and those who use their degree as a route into careers unrelated to the subject studied. With around 60% of graduate positions open to graduates from all disciplines, Film and Television graduates enter a broad range of careers.
In 2013/14, six months after graduating:
The course will prepare you for a career in the digital games industry or allow specialisation within the field of Digital Games in combination with Film and TV Studies.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £6,750 part-time
International students: £15,400 full-time
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Requirements 2016/7
- GCE A-level BBB (all subjects considered).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-Level at grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-Levels grade BB.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merits in all units.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
For non-EU qualification equivalencies, please check the relevant country entry criteria.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.