University of the Arts London - Graduate Programs

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Games Design

University of the Arts London - Graduate Programs

Faculty:London College of Communication
Field of Study:Game and Interactive Media Design
Length:15 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $43,405

Cost per year has been converted from British Sterling (£25,970) to Canadian Dollars.


Rooted in experimental practice, MA Games Design ensures that students are equipped with both the technical and critical skills that allow them to produce a broad portfolio of innovative game prototypes. They also explore concepts of goal, challenge and obstacle through critical evaluation in order to understand the motive forces of play that operate in game design.


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    Applicants will need to demonstrate sufficient prior knowledge and detail experience of and/or potential in games design, and/or coding and design practice to be able to successfully complete the programme of study. Applicants also need to demonstrate a good knowledge of visual culture and be able to engage in critical discussion.

    Applicants are expected to have an honours degree in a subject such as games design, animation, illustration, visual communication or graphic design or a closely related area, and present a portfolio of image-led work and project proposal. The course aims to appeal to art and design graduates who are interested in expanding their experience by investigating emerging areas of games design practice. However, we will consider applicants who have graduated from other related disciplines.

    Entry onto the course requires that you have some experience of coding. This maybe HTML/CSS/JavaScript or others such as actionscript, Java, C++ etc. Your level of experience can be quite low, as we will upskill applicants where needed, but you need to be comfortable with learning code and understand key concepts such as 'for loops' and 'conditional if' statements. IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), with no less than 5.5 in each of the four skills.

    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
    Application Notes : The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the course team that you are interested in games design and that you have thought very carefully about why you wish to study on the course. All applicants must submit portfolio of work with their application and your portfolio must include (5-10 images). You will be expected to outline an idea for your major project in your application. This should describe your area of interest, field of study and the particular focus of your intended project.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on December 17, 2022