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Games Design and Creative Writing BA

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Mode of study

3-year full-time

UCAS Code

WW28

Start date

September

Games Design and Creative Writing BA

Overview

We regularly host online webinars to give you the chance to find out more about our courses and what studying at Brunel is like.

Recent webinars: access our recent Games Design webinar here - including an online presentation followed by a question and answer session.

About the course

The combination of Games Design and Creative Writing is a relatively new but flourishing field.

The connection between these two disciplines – whether in novels like Tim Etchell's The Broken World or in the increased writing quality which coupled with design and programming skills produces ever more exciting games – has never been stronger.

By studying these two disciplines together you will receive a uniquely contemporary education which will increase your employability and will put you to the forefront of a new and expanding field.

This course is aimed at students who want to develop an understanding of the factors that shape the games industry, as well as the techniques and principles used in the design of games. In addition you will improve your creative skills through the analysis, interpretation and creation of literary texts.

You will have the opportunity to design and analyse digital games as well as studying Creative Writing at a high level.

Aims

  • This programme will equip graduates with a range of skills that prepare them for employment within the digital games industry.
  • Game design is at the core of what we teach on this programme and is a multi-disciplinary skill that covers the creation of rules, art, software use, communication, writing and much more.
  • The degree is designed to take those with an interest in games and creative thinking and provide them the skills to communicate their ideas effectively as game designers.
  • No 3D modelling, programming or computer science background is necessary, just a passion for games and desire to study or become involved in creating them.
  • Your second subject will also provide creative ideas and writing concepts that you can use in your study and design of games; within a sound academic environment, you will be able to develop your own creativity and explore different genres of writing under the guidance of experienced staff and practising writers of international standing.

 

Enquiries

Please send any questions or requests for further information to:

Thaleia Deniozou
Admissions Tutor, Games Design
Department of Social Sciences, Media and Communications
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Brunel University London
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 3PH

Email: Thaleia Deniozou


Course Content

Games Design

At each level you take modules in:

  • Theory - develops your understanding of methods and approaches used in the analysis of games, their cultural and social significance, and historical contexts.
  • Design - it will aid your development of creative strategies for generating game design ideas and game design projects. You will undertake design projects, developing a practical understanding of creative game design.
  • Application (industry relevant skills and contexts) - it will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of the skills used currently in the games industry, including presentation and prototyping skills.

Creative Writing

This course is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding, and analytical and creative skills through the analysis, interpretation and creation of literary texts. The range and choice of modules ensure that you will achieve a sound understanding of creative writing while at the same time developing your own creative skills.

The BA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Level 1

Compulsory

  • Games Design 1: Introduction to Games Design
  • Games Studies 1: Introduction to Games Studies
  • Digital Prototyping 1: Wire-framing
  • Business Contexts
  • Introduction to Writing Fiction
  • Introduction to Writing Drama
  • Introduction to Writing Poetry

Level 2

Compulsory

  • Games Design 2: Mechanics & Economies
  • Games Studies 2: Concepts & Analysis

Optional

One of the following:

  • Games Development
  • Game User Research & Experience
  • Game Genres
  • Setting & World Design
  • Three of the following
  • Writing Contemporary Poetry
  • Writing Journalism
  • Writing the Short Story
  • Screenwriting
  • Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Games Studies 3: Socio-Cultural Contexts
  • Take one of the following core projects:
  • Major Project: Commercial Games
  • Major Project: Experimental Games
  • Major Project: Game Assets
  • Major Project: Game Based Learning
  • Major Project: Team Project
  • Major Project: Traditional Games
  • Theory Project: Design
  • Theory Project: Business & Development
  • Theory Project: Game Analysis
  • Theory Project: People, Communities, & Cultures

Or

  • Creative Writing Special Project

Optional

If Creative Writing Special Project was chosen as core then one of the following must be taken:

  • Major Project: Commercial Games
  • Major Project: Experimental Games
  • Major Project: Game Assets
  • Major Project: Game Based Learning
  • Major Project: Team Project
  • Major Project: Traditional Games
  • Theory Project: Design
  • Theory Project: Business & Development
  • Theory Project: Game Analysis
  • Theory Project: People, Communities, & Cultures

If any of the Games Design Projects were chosen as core then the following module must be taken:

  • Creative Writing Special Project
  • Psychogeography
  • The Creative Industries
  • Writing Modern Drama
  • Writing Modern Fiction
  • Writing Comedy

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • The teaching team are experts at nurturing games talent and 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 games department is an extremely supportive community of staff and students. Lecturers are friendly, approachable and passionate about games.
  • All students will have 24-hour access to the games lab, where high spec PCs are available to work and play games on. Students will also have access to the Flat Room, where an impressive collection of board games is available.
  • We believe that the best teachers of writing are writers and Creative Writing at Brunel is taught by successful, published writers, many of whom have international reputations.
  • We aim to publish an anthology of student writing every year. The first anthology was published in 2014 and featured 29 third year Creative Writing students

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

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.

Assessment

Practical work is assessed by a range of projects throughout the programme, some of which are done 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.

Employability

You will acquire core transferable skills of effective communication, leadership, self-management, initiative and personal responsibility.

Careers

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 Creative Writing.

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.

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Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time

International students: £15,750 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

2017/18

The Government has proposed changes to allow tuition fees for UK and EU students to rise by inflation. These changes are currently subject to approval, but if approved, would result in tuition fees of £9,250 per year from 2017/18.

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-level BBB, including grade B in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature or Creative Writing.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject, plus Grade B in A-level English (Applicants without A-level English or Creative Writing will be required to submit a written sample of work on request).
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject, with an A-Level in English or Creative Writing at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject, with A-Levels grade BB including English or Creative Writing.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including Higher Level 5 in English.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merits in all units. All applicants must provide a sample of creative writing.

5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade C and English Language at 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.


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.