Goldsmiths, University of London
Games Programming BSc (Hons)
Goldsmiths, University of London

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Whether you’re interested in indie games or AAA console game development, this course prepares you for a creative career in the games industry.

You’ll be developing mobile, casual, indie, and AAA console games from day one. We’ll help you harness your creativity, expand your technical programming skills, and get to grips with the software and working practices used in the games industry.

You’ll learn how to program games using industry-specific tools, study game design processes, and explore how games reflect and affect contemporary society. You'll also learn to build games to professional briefs, as well as to invent and build games from your own imagination.

Build a portfolio from scratch You don’t need to know how to code before you start. We begin from the basics and bring you to a professional level over the course of your degree. You'll have the option of taking an industrial placement year between the second and final year - an invaluable experience which enhances your career prospects.

By your final year you will have developed a portfolio of games you can present to potential employers. The skills taught on this programme are also applicable to other areas of computing such as mainstream programming jobs, mobile app development, or web development.

Learn key industry-specific skills We will teach you the technical skills you need to create games. You’ll program in multiple languages, use industry-standard tools, learn about graphics programming, physics for games, and procedural content generation. You’ll also develop professional working practices such as design documentation, testing cycles, issue tracking and version control.

You’ll also learn how to think creatively about game design, studying skills such as interaction design and games aesthetics. You will become a well-rounded addition to any professional game design team within a highly competitive industry.

Please note the BSc Games Programming only accepts applications for first year entry.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 6 graduates of Games Programming BSc (Hons) at Goldsmiths, University of London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Programming.

Overall student satisfaction
45 /100
6 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Games Programming BSc (Hons) at Goldsmiths, University of London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Games Programming BSc (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 £31000 £29000 £33000
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £36000 £23000 - £34500 £21000 - £48500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Programming

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21726 £18599 £23105
25-75 percentile range £17815 - £24795 £13189 - £23829 £17018 - £30132

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Games Programming, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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 Programming BSc (Hons) at Goldsmiths, University of London

50% Information Technology Professionals
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Elementary occupations
5% Sales occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
0% Artistic, literary and media occupations
0% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
0% Teaching Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based Higher, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules. If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level equivalent, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based Advanced Higher, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.

With three Higher Level subjects at 655. If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based Higher Level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics equivalent.

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level equivalent, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based Higher Level, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level equivalent, you should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics. We encourage applications from those without a formal qualification in these areas who can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience.

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)
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 Programming, BSc (Hons).

Costs

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.

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

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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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