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Games Development

FDA Game Design

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: Aylesbury
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
Love video games and want to learn to make your own? Interested in exploring games production and the varied careers open to you in this growing field?
This course gives you a strong grounding in independent games development over two years, so you can develop an area of specialism and build up a portfolio to show potential employers and backers.
The portfolio you develop, and industry experience you gain, will put you in a strong position for jobs. You can also choose to top up your qualification to a full degree by doing the final year of a programme.
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Why study this subject?

This course is for anyone interested in games design, including those from both a creative and technical background.

Interested more in the programming side of games development? Or perhaps your skills lend themselves more to the creative aspect of gaming production? Working on both individual and team based projects, you’ll be given the opportunity to specialise in an area of particular interest.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Whilst studying at BNU you’ll be involved with some of the biggest gaming companies in the world. We’re a member of the PlayStation ® Vita Academic Development Programme run by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), which provides access to professional development hardware and software tools for both staff and students. Each year, we also send a number of teams to the Games Eden Game Jam in Cambridge.

What facilities can I use?

You’ll have access to three dedicated games labs fitted with the latest industry-standard hardware and software, including high spec PCs and a range of cutting edge virtual and augmented reality equipment. In this fast-moving industry, equipment and software is constantly evolving. Our course reflects this development and we have invested significantly in our facilities and staff with games industry experience.

What will I study?

This two-year course covers all the main aspects of indie game development, so you’ll learn about everything from game design, and 2D and 3D asset creation, to drawing and programming. You’ll develop game assets from conception through to production, tackle the design issues faced when building games for mobile, and discover how to implement game play through scripts.

As the course progresses, you’ll build on your creative skills and improve your programming ability. As you master new technologies used within artificial intelligence, you’ll implement advanced game design techniques into your games projects.

This course has been designed to give you access to a very broad curriculum, covering game theory, art and design, game development for different platforms, the modelling, creation and implementation of game assets, functional and usability testing, artificial intelligence, animation, audio and special effects.

You’ll leave the course with:

  • the diverse skills required from an indie developer.
  • the ability to develop your own game assets, from conception through to production.
  • experience of using industry-standard games design technology.
  • an insight into all the different areas of games design, so you can see where your skills and interests lie.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Our lecturing team has significant experience working in the industry and the course benefits from regular visits from professional artists, game designers and developers. These guests provide a great context for the material being taught.

Useful Information

FDA Game Design Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above and a UCAS Tariff score between 40-64 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Maths for Games

Concept Visualisation 1

 Programming Concepts

Game Design Theory

Audio and Special Effects

2D Asset Development

Mobile Game Development

Practical Game Design

Year 2 Modules

Mobile Game Project

3D Asset Development

Level Scripting

Advanced Game Design

Indie Team Project

Character Modelling

AI for Games

Character Animation

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023



As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well positioned to pursue a career in the growing games and media sectors as an independent games developer, working on your own or as part of a small team. You may go on to work within a larger studio or work freelance as a specialist game designer, artist or programmer.

After successfully completing your foundation degree, you could choose to do a further year and top up your qualification to an appropriate degree.