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Congratulations on securing your place at Brunel

We’re looking forward to meeting you - either in person or online - and introducing you to life at Brunel. To help us get started, we’ve put together a short activity and some further information to help you prepare for your course - including a snapshot of the topics you’ll cover and useful resources. If you have any questions please email cbass-tpo-gask@brunel.ac.uk.

Your pre-arrival activity

We’d like you to complete a short activity before you join us. We can discuss your answers in one of your first personal tutor sessions. Your work will not be officially assessed however it will allow your tutor to get to know you better.

Games Design is a complex subject with many overlapping skills, all of which you will have a chance to develop throughout the course.

The first year will give you an introduction to all of the disciplines, after which point you will choose which area to specialise in.

This link will give you a taster from each main pathway and a starting point for the degree – we’d like you to read through them and undertake all of the tasks.

We also advise you to take a look at the information below. Completing wider reading and getting familar with what you'll be learning, will help prepare you for academic life at Brunel.

Sample lecture topics 

As you progress through your degree, these are the types of questions you’ll be able to answer with confidence:

  1. What are games? 
  2. What are rules, and how do the three levels of rules apply to the games in the play list below? 
  3. What types of systems are games? What about the below? 
  4. Are all the games below social? How do their social worlds work?
  5. How is meaning constructed in the games? How does their visual aesthetic contribute to their meaning? 
  6. Is art important in games? Why? What makes good game art? Describe the art of a game you like.

Reading list 

Recommended games list

  • Fortnite Battle Royale (Epic Games and People Can Fly, 2018)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios and Behaviour Interactive, 2015)
  • A boardgame of your choice (not Monopoly)
  • Experimental games found here