Brunel University
Games Design and Creative Writing BA (Hons)
Brunel University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This course will help you to develop your creative writing skills and focus on how they relate to games design and game play. You’ll learn about the application of traditional story and narrative design and how it applies to games design and gameplay.

Your learning will come through lectures, workshops, seminars, play sessions and tutorials. You’ll also use the online forum to discuss, share and develop your knowledge. You’ll gain confidence in sharing your ideas, giving and receiving feedback and working individually as well as in a multi-disciplinary team.

The teaching team are experts in nurturing games talent and you will benefit from their insight into the industry. You will be introduced to ideas at the forefront of the discipline as well as sharing their knowledge and understanding of professional practice. This will help to keep you up-to-date with industry developments and show you how the skills you learn on this course are applicable to the world of work.

Of course the best teachers of writing are writers and Creative Writing at Brunel is taught by successful, published writers, many of whom have international reputations. You will draw on their experience across a range of genres and you will have the opportunity to study Creative Writing to a high level. You will develop your knowledge, understanding, and analytical and creative skills through the analysis, interpretation and creation of literary texts.

All games students will have 24-hour access to the games lab, where high spec PCs are available for you to work on and play games. You will also use the Design room, where an impressive collection of board games is available for you to learn and understand the principles of games design. This room also serves as a wonderful, collaborative space where you can play and generate ideas, work, relax and have fun.

You’ll finish this course with a skillset that will allow you to develop a game from scratch and be ready to work and thrive in the games industry.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 14 graduates of Games Design and Creative Writing BA (Hons) at Brunel University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Creative Writing.

Overall student satisfaction
71 /100
14 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Games Design and Creative Writing BA (Hons) at Brunel University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Games Design and Creative Writing BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £26000 £33000
25-75 percentile range £21000 - £28000 £21500 - £32500 £25000 - £40000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Creative Writing

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19955 £18953 £22295
25-75 percentile range £17925 - £23050 £13984 - £23502 £16471 - £28282

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Games Design and Creative Writing, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Games Design and Creative Writing BA (Hons) at Brunel University

30% Artistic, literary and media occupations
20% Elementary occupations
15% Administrative occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Customer service occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Media Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in an Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3

in any subject and A level grade B

in any subject and A level grade B

in any subject

in any subject

in any subject with A levels grade BC

in any subject with A levels grade BC

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
Institution's Own Test with no less than 55% in each subsection
TOEFL (iBT) 92 with a minimum of: Reading - 18 Listening - 17 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17
PTE Academic 58 with a minimum of 51 in all subscores
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Games Design and Creative Writing, BA (Hons).


Tuition Fees Games Design and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £17875 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Brunel University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Brunel University in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #14 
    • #15 
    Creative Writing
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

Languages & Literature

    • #46 
    • #57 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

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About Brunel University

Established in 1957, Brunel University is located in the large town of Uxbridge, in suburban London. Thanks to its location, Brunel University has numerous public transport connections to London, which students make use of for expanding their options when it comes to work experience placements. The admission rate is lower than in many universities, so applicants should prepare their personal statements and interviews well when applying to enrol here.

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Where is this programme taught

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Main Site - Kingston Lane
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