About the course
If your passion is exploring what’s possible with digital design and games development, and want to learn more about conceptualisation and analysis, level design and prototyping with game engines, our course could help you get to be where you want to be. We provide you with the chance to take a broader and deeper look at games development, and explore what you can do. We’ll encourage you to get creative and ambitious with your designs, and develop some visionary ideas.
We explore some of the more complex aspects of game and level design, and games art during the course. We aim to cover all the bases, including how to develop, design, plan and create game ideas and concepts, including:
- 3D modelling
- Visual design
During the course, we’ll also aim to introduce emerging technologies that are coming up through the gaming industry, as well as exploring the subject in context, exploring current research, issues and ideas. You’ll plan creative game ideas, and then produce the integrated artwork and graphical assets for your games, both on your own but also in a group setting so we can support you in developing your team working abilities, which reflects the way the industry operates.
To view work from our students, read news from the course and see some of our graduate destinations visit Hud Uni Games
Your course is very much designed for the real world – it carries the Creative Skillset Tick which identifies courses best suited to prepare you for a Creative Industries career. We know you'll graduate with the hope to gain a job in the industry, so we maintain active links with business and industry figures. During your course you could have the chance to hear industry guest speakers – in the past we’ve hosted art directors, animators, illustrators and designers from the freelance world and from companies like Rockstar, Formerdroid and Realtime UK.
During your studies you’ll also have the chance to take part in lots of internal Game Jams. We’ll also encourage you to get involved in externally organised events like the Global Game Jam.
If you’d like to take what you’ve learnt out into the real world, we also give you the opportunity to spend a placement year working in the industry. Our Placement Unit can help you find a position that’s right for you. Alternatively, we have a small number of placements available in our in-house games development studio, Canalside Studios, where you could find yourself working as part of a team developing games for a range of platforms including Xbox Live Arcade, iPhone and Android. Previous students have also developed software with the NHS, The Royal Armouries and the West Yorkshire Fire Service.
Finally, if you’re a student from within the UK or the EU, you could even think about starting your own small business while you’re here by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year (EPY).
You might like to hear what Dayna has to say about studying Computer Games Design BA(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield.
As one of the world's largest enertainment sectors, the video games industry is always looking out for talented, creative people to design and develop the next generation of games.
Our course offers the opportunity to develop skills in game design and games art, with an emphasis on making commercially viable products. Our graduates go on to form their own studios or to work for many of the world’s most successful games developers.
Matt Novak, Senior Lecturer, Computer Games Design
Concept Development 1
This module aims to introduce you to a broad spectrum of methods and practices, used when generating ideas for games and developing game concepts. You’ll explore topics such as play, game concepts, rules and game mechanics. You’ll be encouraged to evaluate and critique both traditional and digital games, whilst being supported in gaining practical skills in the development and refinement of original concepts. Interactive design methods, design documentation and visual and verbal presentation skills will also be covered in this module.
Digital Media Project 1
The digital media industry relies on professionals who work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. This module aims to gives you early experience of working in such an environment. Working as part of a team, you will have the opportunity to plan, design and develop a digital media product. The module is designed to provide you with an understanding of industry best practices within the digital media industry. You will be introduced to the product development cycle, technology limitations, and possible future developments relevant to each course. You will also be encouraged to begin exploring the enterprising aspects of the digital media industries, by entering competitions or publishing a game, mobile app, website or other digital media artefact.
3D Games Asset Development
This module has been designed to introduce you to the principles of 3D asset creation for current generation video games and integration into real time rendering engines. Asset development will include things such as environmental props and weapons as well as entire game scenes. You’ll examine workflows and methodologies for artist driven pipelines and technologies to aid in the production of game ready assets. You’ll be offered the opportunity to gain an understanding of the requirements of developing assets to specific design briefs, styles and technical limitations.
Games Protoyping 1
The module aims to develop your technical skills and knowledge in game engine prototyping, using a state-of-the-art game engine, to design and develop a game prototype. Practical studio themes will be developed by tutors which are aimed at helping you to gain an understanding of how the theory fits in with computer games design. You will be introduced to the concepts and principles that underpin the creation of game prototypes and will use a visual scripting language to control actions, interactions and animations.
Introduction to 3D and Animation
Working with software of an industry standard, this module will introduce you to the principles and techniques involved in the development of 3D objects and environments. You’ll be encouraged to gain skills in developing multilayered textures suitable for animation, computer games, architectural and technical design. You’ll have the opportunity to develop skills in understanding how to create animated characters, materials, lighting, rendering and the production of simple animation solutions.
Visual Studies (for Video Games)
The aim of this module is to give you a broad introduction to the key theoretical principles of visual design for computer games. Using a wide range of traditional and digital tools you'll be supported to develop core practical and software skills in design, development and the asset production processes. The module covers topics including 2D asset production, researching, resourcing and creating 2D textures for 3D objects and presentation techniques (sketchbook development and design layouts).
Games Design and Innovation
In this module you will be supported in building on your knowledge and understanding of key design principles relating to computer games. The module has been designed to encourage innovation and creative thinking for the development of design ideas, as well as aiming to extend your research and practical skills. You’ll be expected to progress initial concepts into workable design solutions with an emphasis on balancing creative ideas against technical and design requirements and constraints.
Team Project (Games)
This module gives you the opportunity to work as a team to design and develop a prototype computer game. You’ll be supported in exploring theories and principles of team working and project management through the development of your chosen game. Weekly tutorial sessions will be held to allow your team to get regular feedback and guidance on the progress of your project. Alongside this you’ll also explore important legal and professional issues relevant to people working in the IT industry.
Games Prototyping 2
This module aims to expand your prior knowledge of transferring 2D skills into the 3D domain. You will be introduced to principles and good practice for designing and prototyping for 3D game building. You’ll explore how assets and levels may be designed, created, imported into and then manipulated in an industry standard gaming environment.
Choose two from a list which may include-
Games Analysis and Design
This module gives you the opportunity to study current principles and approaches surrounding computer games design and analysis, key to inform and enhance your own design practice. This module aims to provide you with a platform to research, deconstruct and critically analyse existing commercial games, and to leverage what can be learned through game analysis in order to design novel, high-quality products suitable to satisfy an intended target player group.
This module offers you the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to the subject of visual design; taking a broad approach to the design and production of visual assets for contemporary digital media. You will be encouraged and challenged to be creative and to experiment with your designs. You’ll have the chance to explore a range of artistic approaches to various design briefs whilst developing core software skills. You'll study how to develop original design concepts; presenting these to fellow students for feedback and design criticism with the aim of improving and refining your design skills and the quality of your portfolio.
3D Character Animation
Initially you’ll explore how to develop concepts for animated characters, and be supported in developing an understanding of how to create characters using geometric shapes (topology). Then, focusing particularly on the production and planning of 3D characters for games and animation, you’ll build a 3D model of your designed character and study the processes involved in developing a ‘digital skeleton’. You’ll then have the opportunity to bring your character to life using cinematography, storyboarding and animation principles.
This course offers an optional one-year work placement after Year 2.
This module is driven by you. You are asked to select a problem to solve which is relevant to your degree, and of appropriate scope and depth to be tackled within a timeframe of 30 weeks. Carrying out the project enables you to develop and demonstrate your ability to undertake research, manage time, use your initiative, learn independently, discuss and write convincingly on a subject requiring independent learning. A supervisor will support you throughout your project. You’ll use your existing knowledge and be encouraged to acquire additional skills as you carry out your project. The aim of the project is to suggest a solution to an identified problem. Your final report should describe the aims, scope and motivation of the project, the research you have undertaken, and the technical solution provided, including justification for design and development decisions.
Team Project (Games)
In this module you'll work in a group to simulate a company environment. You’ll be supported in working as a team to design, code and implement a vertical slice of a computer game. The module covers all aspects of a game development cycle, conceptualisation, asset development, software development, team working, team management, company structures, professional issues and ethics. This aims to help you develop business and entrepreneurial skills and provide you with experience of software development in a group environment working alongside other game industry professionals.
Choose two from a list which may include-
Advanced Visual Design
This module offers you the opportunity to undertake a significant ‘visual design project’ of your choosing. You’ll be supported as you develop an original portfolio ‘centre piece’. You’ll study how to critique aspects of contemporary visual culture and be encouraged to stretch both your creativity (‘conceptual skills’) and technical ability, as you strive to develop an original idea into a portfolio ‘focal piece’ with design excellence at its heart; following a pre-production, production and post-production lifecycle as you go.
Concept Development 3
This module explores advanced topics in game design, focussing on the quality of the player experience and reflecting current industry trends and state of the art game research. Building upon your previous years of study, you will explore principles and strategies key to enhance player engagement and satisfaction. You’ll be supported in applying these principles and strategies to develop a body of work providing refined and sophisticated solutions to challenging game design problems.
Advanced 3D (Design and Production)
This module provides you with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate a combination of practical and conceptual skills for the planning and implementation of complex 3D projects (such as the creation of 3D worlds and environments, character design or complext asset development). The module includes studio sessions in which you’ll be encouraged to introduce and discuss a range of theories and examples of current practice relating to the subject, for example the asset pipeline, project scoping and design constraints. You’ll work individually to undertake practical assignments and independent research will allow you to demonstrate your understanding and knowledge of specialist topics.
You will be taught through a series of seminars, tutorials, group work, practical experience and lectures.
Assessment will include coursework, presentation, work-based learning and examination.
20% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.
Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.
If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.
ABBat A Level (General Studies is not accepted)
128 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications (General Studies is not accepted).
DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or a games related subject.
In addition you must have GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
Portfolios and Interviews
The Computer Games Design course has a two-part selection process which involves viewing uploaded applicant work and discussing each application among the staff team.
All applicants will be required to submit electronic evidence of a portfolio of work as part of the application process. All your work will then be reviewed by academic staff as part of the offer process. You may be contacted by staff if they require clarification or further information.
Staff will confirm results of the portfolio review, as follows:
- For applications received prior to the first UCAS deadline, decisions will be formalised before the end of February in the same year. You may also be required to attend an interview to determine your enthusiasm and aptitude for the subject. If we invite you for an interview, we'll let you know what we expect you to bring
Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English must meet the minimum requirements of an English language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5 or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Read our guidance on developing your portfolio.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
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