Goldsmiths, University of London
Computer Games: Art and Design MA
Goldsmiths, University of London

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Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in sociology, social policy and anthropology

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Anthropology 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 £25000 £23500 £28000
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £27500 £16500 - £28000 £20000 - £33000

Salary of all UK Graduates of sociology, social policy and anthropology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £22450 £26876
25-75 percentile range £21000 - £28000 £16925 - £28392 £20314 - £34845

Course Description

This MA is tailored for people who want to start a career in the game industry. One of the only programmes in the UK taught by actual game developers, it will teach you game design, art & animation, and game programming, and has a strong focus on entrepreneurship and business.

As a fast-growing 150-billion-dollar business, the game industry offers countless professional opportunities. The MA Computer Games: Art & Design is right for you if you want to make game development a sustainable career and to work in this creative and rewarding industry.

This is also one of the only programmes taught by actual game developers, designers, and artists with years of experience in the game industry.

Why Study MA Computer Games: Art & Design at Goldsmiths

  • Learn to design and develop games using state of the art tools and game engines from actual game developer and industry veterans
  • Focus on which skills you want to learn, through a selection of option modules you can choose from
  • Collaborate with colleagues from other courses, including the MSc Computer Games Programming and the MA Games and Playful Design
  • Build your portfolio through practical coursework
  • Access state of the art game labs and facilities
  • Get your first internship in the game industry (or work on a research project instead)
  • Take part in the many events and game jams we organise every year, and be part of the creative and diverse environment that surrounds Goldsmiths
  • Access the strong UK community of publishers and creators with innovative voices creating ground-breaking titles

Who should apply

The MA Computer Games is the perfect fit for anyone who is – or wants to be – in one of the following positions:

  • People who want to find a job in the game and entertainment industries
  • Game designers who want to learn how to code to bring their ideas to life
  • 3D Artists, riggers, and animators who want to master state-of-the-art modelling software
  • Character artists and concept artists and who want to create assets for games
  • Game developers who want to improve their programming skills
  • Creative folks who want to use interactive technologies for their projects

There are no technical prerequisites for the MA, as the course will cover the basics of modelling, animation, and programming in the first week. However, a creative background is strongly recommended, and any experience with 3D modelling software or game engines is very welcome.

Internship & Research Pathways

There are two pathways available to all students in the MA Computer Games: Internship and Research. Students on the Internship pathway are required to take part in an industry placement during the Summer Term. This is the perfect option if you want to use this opportunity to kickstart your career in the Game Industry.

Students on the Research pathway will work on a final project instead. This is recommended if you want to pursue an academic career, or if you want to deepen your knowledge in a specific area.

The pathway must be chosen at the moment of your enrolment, but might be changed on a case-by-case basis.

MSc Computer Games Programming

If you are more interested in developing game-related technical skills such as advanced programming, mathematics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and shader coding, you may want to read about our MSc Computer Games Programming.

You will be working alongside the MSc students, and if you are unsure which programme is for you, you may be able to switch between them in the first two weeks of the course.

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

Required skill level of job after 15 months

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

Example below based on all graduates of Computer Games: Art and Design MA at Goldsmiths, University of London

20% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
15% Sales occupations
10% Administrative occupations
5% Design occupations
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Therapy professionals

Grading & Study Time

**Every module is assessed via coursework only**

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (minimum 6.0 in Writing)
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (minimum 6.0 in Writing)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Computer Games: Art and Design, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject, such as Game Design/Development, Art, Design, 3D Modelling, Animation or Computer Science. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. A portfolio of relevant work (such as digital games, programming samples, art-based/sketchbook, games assets, design documents, ...) is required for your application. This could take whichever form works best to showcase your work, although a PDF or a video is strongly encouraged. In some instances, we may ask to see more of your work or to conduct a short interview. If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 overall and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme.


Average student cost of living in London

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.

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About Goldsmiths, University of London

Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths, University of London, is located in the South-Eastern area of London known as New Cross. The facilities are impressive at this university, providing students with Art, TV, and Radio studios, as well as a host of other resources aimed at optimising the experience for students on any of their courses. With Goldsmith’s exceptionally active event calendar, making new connections is easy, giving learners a way to socialise without even having to step foot off campus.

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