FdSc

Games Technology

student working in games lab
  • UCAS code(s): I620
  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Confetti at Creative Quarter Campus
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: Two years, full-time

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Experience the core roles and learn the technology skills required for a graduate career in Games Technology. This course has been designed to be responsive to the needs of the global games industry and as a result you will be taught the current relevant skills required by employers. The use of the latest hardware, software and technology and the introduction of current industry-standard practices and work flow is at the forefront of delivery.

This course is taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

The modules of this course will allow you to form a solid understanding of the role of the artist in the current global games industry.

Key features

  • Learning industry standard games software including Games Engines and 3D packages.
  • Create your own original playable levels for your portfolio.
  • IT suites with industry-standard software, designed to provide you with a professional games studio environment.
  • Previous Confetti Games Technology students now employed in the games industry.
  • Access to Confetti’s annual Industry Week. Previous guests include Rockstar and Playstation.
  • Work based learning opportunities including testing of commercial games.
  • Regular guest lecture and workshops from industry professional working in both AAA and independent markets.
  • Partnership with National Videogame Arcade.
  • Enrichment activities including expo trips and gamesjams.
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Degree Showcase Showreel - 2018
A showreel of work from our undergraduate degree-level students exhibiting at 2018’s showcase

What you'll study

This game technology degree has been designed to meet the demands of the industry, allowing students to experience the core roles and learn the skills required for a graduate career in games technology.

  • Year One

    Games Architecture (40 credit points)
    This module will allow you to explore industry standard games engines alongside an introduction to the various languages which games are written in.

    Asset Production for Games (40 credit points)
    This module introduces you to Autodesks 3D packages alongside audio software, allowing you to create game assets to the correct technical specifications

    Games Design (20 credit points)
    Learn the theory behind games design and create original games mechanics and concepts including characters and environments.

    Games Industry (20 credit points)
    This module aims to develop your understanding of specific global markets and introduces the economic processes involved in the creation of a games development studio.

  • Final year

    Level Production (40 credit points)
    The production and creation of an original video game level prototype will be at the fore front of this module. You will complete integration of original 3D and audio assets within a relevant games engine, working towards the goal of developing your original functioning game sequence.

    Advanced Asset Production (40 credit points)
    You will be introduced to advanced modelling and sculpting techniques to effectively produce original 3D character models and environments to an industry standard.

    Games Development and Realisation (20 credit points)
    You will look at the technical requirements of designing a level and managing a games production with the creation of game design and project management documents.

    Industry Practice (20 credit points)
    During this module you will undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

In some modules you’ll work on ‘live’ projects, where you’ll be required to complete work for industry clients, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your developing professionalism and build a portfolio of work that will support your future career.

How you’re taught

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures;
  • seminars;
  • workshops;
  • group tutorials;
  • personal tutorials;
  • presentations and pitches;
  • teamworking;
  • independent learning; and
  • visiting industry professionals.

Assessment

Forms of assessment include:

  • practical assessments;
  • portfolio building;
  • case studies;
  • lab report;
  • reflective journals;
  • formal essay; and
  • presentations.

To progress through the course you must achieve 120 credit points each year. Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Industry Week

On this Games Technology degree, students are connected with the games industry and have the opportunity to attend games festivals and experience guest lectures from industry professionals during confetti's Industry Week.

Guest speakers have included:

  • Andy Davis from Rockstar
  • Karl Hilton from Crytek
  • Mike Bithell from Thomas was Alone
  • Ian Livingstone
  • Deep Silver Dambuster

Degree Show

In your final year you will exhibit your work as part of Confetti's Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across Confetti's courses and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to key influencers across the creative industries.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (64%), written (8%) and practical (28%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (29%), independent study (71%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%).

Additional opportunities have included visits to Dusseldorf’s JapanTag event, the MCM Expo in London and EGX Eurogamer at the NEC.

Careers and employability

Each case will be considered individually, but upon completion you’re automatically entitled to enter into the 3rd year of Confetti’s BSc (Hons) Games Production to gain a full BSc qualification.

You’ll be prepared for a range of careers, including games engine programmer, technical artist, 3D modeller, game designer, animator, level designer, QA tester and producer.

Connecting with industry

Industry professionals visit the course to guest lecture and share their experiences. You will also attend workshops from industry professionals working in art roles for both AAA and independent markets, giving you the opportunity to make contacts and build your portfolio and CV.

You’ll also take part in Confetti’s Industry Week where you'll meet a range of professionals - previous guests include Rockstar and Playstation. Confetti partners with the National Videogame Arcade, giving our students unparalleled access to games industry professionals, as well as opportunities to network and showcase their projects.

Work placement and internship opportunities

One of the features of this course is the strong opportunity for work-based learning that is embedded into the curriculum.

You will be provided with the opportunity to work in partnership with local, national and sometimes international games developers and related creative media industries. Current and on-going industry links via Confetti and module leaders will provide ample opportunities for a regular guest speaker programme from a variety of organisation within the games industry.

Previous graduates have worked at companies, such as Rockstar Games, Ubisoft BlueByte and Sumo Digital.

IT suites with industry-standard software, designed to provide you with a professional games studio environment.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - two at grade C, including English and Maths.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

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Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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Getting in touch

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Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

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