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Games Technology BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time G690 Clearing 2016
2017
4 years full time including sandwich year G693 Clearing 2016
2017
4 years full time including foundation year G691 Clearing 2016
2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2016
2017

Why choose this course?

The growing games industry is now larger than the film industry. Interactive media radically and continually changes how we experience our world – in gaming, entertainment, science and education. This course teaches specialist skills for the highly competitive computer games industry, such as: games programming, artificial intelligence, testing, media, graphics, animation, mathematics and physics, alongside programming-orientated computer science.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT.

What you will study

This is a games programming course with a greater focus on games development than our Computer Science (Games Programming) BSc(Hons) course. However, it is still sufficiently broad to equip you with general computing skills, and is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT. Year 1 is common with Computer Science (Games Programming). At the end of Year 1, it is possible to transfer from a games course to Computer Science or Information Systems, although not the other way around.

During Year 1, you will study computer architectures and development methodologies. You will develop programming skills and concepts, complemented by practical design and testing techniques using both C++ and Java. Two specialist modules cover 2D and introductory 3D games programming using a C++ game engine, together with the necessary mathematics and physics required for game development. You will have the opportunity to work both individually and in groups.

Year 2 modules build on these foundations, taking further the basic computing concepts of networking and operating systems. Two field-specific modules concentrate on games programming. High-level Game Development teaches 3D game programming using various game libraries and engines, such as Unity3D and Unreal 4. This module includes elements of artificial intelligence; for example, how to create computer opponents in a game.

You will also enhance your object-oriented skills by practical work in the programming language C++, which is in particular demand by the games industry. The 3D Graphics Programming module focuses on the more low-level mathematics, physics and 3D graphics to further develop your 3D graphics programming skills, such as for shader programming and particle effects. An option module includes the opportunity to develop your skills in media or 3D graphics modelling.

In Year 3, you will study a specialist module on game creation processes, focusing on agile team-working to emulate the games industry. Each team develops a game from an initial concept to the publishing stage. In a second specialist module, optimised programming for games devices, low level C++ skills for console game development are taught. In addition to the Year 3 project, which will have a games theme, you will be able to choose from a number of option modules.

Games laboratory

Our games lab seats around 60 students working together in teams. Three pairs of large projector screens in the laboratory allow students to view the lecture material and the game being developed at the same time. The lab includes Sony PlayStation consoles, Microsoft consoles and supports software including Microsoft Visual Studio, Unity 3D Pro, Unreal and Maya. 

InKUbator

Join one of our games courses and you could work at the inKUbator with groups of illustrators, games developers and experts from the field to create commercially viable games.

PlayStation FirstKingston University is an educational partner of Sony through PlayStation First.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • Most modern software applications are developed using the object-oriented (OO) software development paradigm, particularly games. Thus, this module aims to provide a strong and broad theoretical and practical programming skills and techniques necessary to build high-quality advanced software systems with an object-oriented focus. The second half of this module will have a particular focus on OO programming in C++, the main programming language for games developers.

     
  • The module gives essential background in applied mathematics and physics for computer games developers. This will be done with a strong focus on practical engineering aspects and all the theoretical concepts will be introduced as elements of solutions of real problems typically encountered during the games development process.

     
  • This module provides an introduction to computer games hardware and software. It encompasses computer and games systems, games development tools and environments, games testing and games design. A variety of actual games will be evaluated and discussed and current trends in computer games design and development explored. You will be introduced to the design and the development of a simple 2D and 3D game as part of the assessment.

     
  • The module focuses on the principles, methods, techniques and tools commonly used in the analysis and early design stages of the software development lifecycle. You will work on a software design project in organised teams throughout the year to:

    • elicit, analyse and document requirements;
    • model early process and data requirements;
    • design the user interface of an interactive system with an emphasis on human-computer interaction;
    • produce, evaluate, and demonstrate its first medium fidelity prototype; and
    • deliver written reports.
     

Year 2

  • This module teaches games programming with an emphasis on engines and middleware. It covers the components needed to implement computer games using the techniques which would be used in industry. The module is core to taking games development degrees and stresses the importance of portfolio building to aid employability, and also the requirement to develop software in a rigourous, professional way. The module is taught via a mixture of lectures and workshops. The module links with the games inKUbator where students have the opportunity to work together to create games, emulating the industry environment.

     
  • This module aims to provide core knowledge of the computer graphics methods of geometric modelling, projection, rendering and shading and to prepare students for writing their own computer graphics applications using industry-standard specialised software. It explores lower level games programming with an emphasis on C++, 3D graphics libraries and the mathematical concepts underpinning them.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Write game code for creating special effects.
    • Implement a basic 3D graphics visualisation using a shader language.
    • Apply and use mathematical concepts for manipulating 3D game data.
    • Describe the elements in the graphics pipeline.
    • Apply and use relevant concepts from physics to 3D game data.
    • Implement well formed, documented and tested game code in response to a brief.
     
  • This module aims to enhance students' 'know-how' knowledge in modern computer systems from several classic perspectives such as computer organisations and architecture, operating systems, networking and parallel programming. The module builds upon basic concepts in computer architectures and computer networking and how modern operating systems work with developing an understand of operating systems, the importance of network protocols, distinguish OSI and TCP/IP models, as well as develop the skills of requirement analysis and network design.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe and differentiate between the essential features and operations of modern computer architectures.
    • Explain the principles and major functions of modern operating systems.
    • Develop an understanding of multi-processing techniques, concurrent programming and synchronisation.
    • Describe the basic concepts of data communications, networking and standard networking models, and to plan and design a computer network for specific usage scenarios.
    • Develop an understanding of client server applications, protocols and network programming.
    • Describe the devices and services that are used to support communications across a network.
     
  • Choose from the following:

    • This module provides skills in project development and management in a controlled environment; bringing together the different elements learnt to date to be put into practice in a project. To integrate connections between various languages and frameworks, as well as develop skills in designing larger systems where 'trade-offs' between conflicting requirements must be made. Teamwork is of paramount importance.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Describe the factors involved in the conception and planning of a project, in order to deliver a product to time, cost and quality standards.
      • Outline a business and project management plan for a project proposal and apply basic project management tools and techniques.
      • Work with other team members to identify, distribute and undertake tasks necessary to complete a project.
      • Develop familiarity with various IT development environments and tools.
      • Apply techniques from analysis and design methodologies, such as SSADM, UML, to specify the client's requirements and design a range of solutions.
      • Choose selected development tools, techniques and project methodologies to deliver a working software prototype, providing individual students with sufficient confidence to start a final year project on their own.
       
    • Media option module
     

Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • The module provides an in-depth real-world simulation of the business of making computer games in teams using industry-standard production management techniques and simulating a professional environment of collaboration to deliver a product on time. The module links with the games inKUbator where you have the opportunity to work together to create games, emulating the industry environment.

     
  • The goal of the module is to further develop skills in organisation, timekeeping, research literature, developing and critically analysing results as well as reporting work verbally and in a written format. The end result will be some form of artefact which demonstrates creativity in computer games development together with a report which will form a key part of your portfolio.

     
  • This module covers two important specialisms in computer games programming: low level device programming (such as for game consoles or mobile devices) and programming for networked games. It is a specialist option for the games degrees. The module is taught as 'learning by doing' and comprises both theory taught in class and applied work in the laboratory.

     
  • Option modules

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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