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Graphics for Games (with placement year)

BA (Hons)
Entry requirements: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: W216
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Overview

Our four-year Graphics for Games sandwich degree focuses on the creative side of game development. It will give you the skills and contextual theory you need to start a career in this fast-growing industry.

You’ll gain a strong grounding in:

  • game level design and creation
  • digital and physical concept art
  • 3D computer animation
  • observational drawing
  • digital motion capture
  • image production and manipulation

You will learn how to generate and develop ideas and adopt a creative approach to your work. In the final year you will undertake an individual project and major production project in a studio environment designed to replicate real world and industry production processes.

Our industry experienced team of academics and visiting industry experts will give you the tools you need to emerge a confident, creative well rounded professional.

In your third year you can take a year’s placement in industry; an invaluable way to gain practical experience and build contacts. Alternatively, you can choose to study a year abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.

The BA (Hons) in Graphics for Games is also available as a three-year programme, without the placement year in industry / study abroad year.

Why Bradford?

At Bradford you'll have access to the very latest industry standard equipment, including:

You will not just learn to use the software - you will develop crucial social, industry, artistic, and scientific skills and context.

You will have the opportunity to learn and engage with a wide pool of industry expert academics that span the creative industries and computer sciences.

You will work with both Professors and researchers in bringing new exciting technology and knowledge into the world, whilst also being taught directly by professionals that are currently working in the gaming sector.

Upon graduation you’ll have an extensive portfolio of work ready to showcase to graduate employers.

Practical elements of the programme will build a substantial portfolio of work alone, while the outstanding extra-curricular opportunities open to you at Bradford will allow you to really stand out when stepping into the competitive graduate employment market.

We have a unique partnership with Bradford's National Science and Media Museum, giving you privileged access to the museum’s collections (including an extensive video game and computer history archive), exhibitions, industry events, and festivals. Just five minutes’ walk away from the University, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in creative technologies.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS tariff of 112. There are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS tariff of 112. There are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

Module name Type
Year 1
3D Character Modelling and Animationcore
Creative Industries — Foundationscore
Creativity and Imaginationcore
History and Conventions of Computer Gamescore
Introduction to 3D Computer Animationcore
Observational Drawingcore
Year 2
3D Character Creationcore
Advanced Observational Drawingcore
Concept and Idea Developmentcore
Environment, Set and Prop Creationcore
Game Appreciation and Industry Analysiscore
Facial Modelling/Animationoption
Motion Captureoption
Year 4
Design For Industrycore
Individual Projectcore
Professional Industry Profilecore
Facial Modelling/Animationoption
Motion Captureoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Placement

This four-year BA (Hons) in Graphics for Games programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a games industry designer.

During the second year we’ll  offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned to your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to your final project. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers - working for them part-time, developing Final Year Projects with them or going back to them into graduate positions.

Study Abroad

All students have the opportunity to study abroad at an international partner institution.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

89% of our 2015 graduates in games, animation and visual effects found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates are now important figures within the animation and games development industry.

Alumni from our long-standing games development courses have worked on games development in high-profile organisations (including games such as Lego Lord of the Rings, Watchdogs, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars, and the Burnout series) and for major organisations (such as Ubisoft, Sony Computer Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Blizzard and EA).

Others are currently employed as: games designers, artists and testers, animation apprentices, 3D modellers, editors, graphic designers, new media consultants.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Graphics for Games graduates was £14,000.

Study Support

A comprehensive support network is here for you to ensure you reach your academic potential and go on to further success in the future.

You’ll benefit from a range of support services, including:

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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