UEL Games

Computer Games Design
Computer Games Development
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All UEL courses are broken down into modules. The typical UEL games student studies 11 modules across three years of full time study, for a total of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The first year is shared between courses to give all students a foundation in all aspects of design and development. It is composed of two 45 credit modules and one 30 credit module. The second year has three shared 30 credit modules with each course studying an additional 30 credit specialisation module. In the third year of study, there is one 45 credit module, two 30 credit modules and a further 15 credit specialisation module.

Level 4 (Year 1)

The first year introduces  the basics of computer games design, games and audience analysis, story development/writing and games theory, as well as introductory graphics and prototyping production techniques and theories.


Gameplay Development

The module introduces the process of designing and producing computer games with emphasis on developing gameplay and the game asset production pipelines.  Students develop a range of digital game prototypes applying the iterative process of developing computer games demonstrating a variety of core gameplay mechanics and core gameplay scripting concepts associated with developing computer games

Introduction to Games Design

Introduction to a range of theoretical approaches to the study and design of games exploring interrelationships between elements and how they combine to make compelling and balanced gameplay. Students work as part of a team in the iterative design and development of a game.


Software Development

The modules explores activities involved in the design, implementation and testing of software from first principals. The module focuses on the procedural programming methodology and introduces the object-oriented programming methodology


Documentary: Games

The module provides students with an understanding of how to engage with urban environments through Game design and development skills documenting urban environments. The modules also explores Folk games, Pervasive and location-based games

Stroytelling for Games

This module examines forms of digital storytelling in the context of traditional and interactive narrative and it explores the role of digital storytelling in a range of games contexts. The module provides an introduction to the history/emergence of digital storytelling. Narrative theory, such as the conventions of plot and character development, the representation of narrative action and the use of digital media are taught, culminating in a digital media production piece that embodies the theories and concepts students have learned.

Game Studio 1

This module will provide students hoping to work in the games industry with the opportunity to learn and apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful progression into in a range of potential future career areas

Level 5 (Year 2)

The second year focuses on more detailed games design, planning, implementation, production management, prototyping and testing and further games programming skills including object oriented games programming, as well as dissertation planning and preparation. At this level multidisciplinary teams work to an industry brief for external clients.

Professional Practice (30 credits)

Introduction to the appropriate professional design and development processes, techniques and management for all stages of production, working as part of an interdisciplinary team to an industry brief.

Level Design (30 credits)

To explore the concepts, theories and practices associated with gameplay and level design through the research, planning and development of a 3D game level.

Digital Media Research Methods (30 credits)

Introduces research methods and concepts and data analysis techniques appropriate to games research in preparation for the final year dissertation. As part of this module students will formulate their dissertation topic and proposal for the following year.

Specialisation Module (30 credits)

Computer Games Design (Story Devlopment) students take Narrative & Gameplay Design, exploring writing elements and techniques for digital and non-digital writing.

Computer Games Development students take Gameplay Programming, developing essential gameplay programming and system planning skills.

More information about these modules is available on the respective course pages.


Level 6 (Year 3)

The final year includes a large scale, multidisciplinary team-based production project with the opportunity to apply further develop skills learned in the first two years, in the design and development of an original game idea. At this level student undertake an independent research project and dissertation on a topic of their choice, and consider the exiting job market and the creation of a polished and targeted portfolio of work. Students on the Computer Game Development course also explore more advance games programming concepts, including games AI.

Games Studio (30 credits)

This module enables students to work collaboratively on a all stages of a large scale professionally informed games project as part of an interdisciplinary team. The module provides an environment indicative of recognised industry practices, using industry standard tools, underpinned by contemporary games design research and management and development practices.

Dissertation (45 credits)

In this module students devise and undertake an individual dissertation on a topic of their choice. As part of this research they will develop and test a digital prototype as part of primary research used to answer the question they set and develop under guidance from their specialist supervisory team.

Professional Games Portfolio (30 credits)

Encourages students to critically analyse existing and potential games markets and consider and apply the legal, ethical and political aspects relating to games production. Provides an overview of planning, scheduling, budgeting and cost benefit analysis of games development, and how to produce a targeted portfolio.

Specialisation Module 2 (15 credits)

Computer Games Design (Story Devlopment) students take Professional Games Writing, exploring technical games writing and documentation.

Computer Games Development students take Dynamic Gameplay Programming, further developing gameplay implementation and exploring concepts such as AI, multiplayer and multi-platform publishing.

More information about these modules is available on the respective course pages.