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What will I learn?

Rooted in experimental practice, MA Games Design will equip you with both the technical and critical skills to produce a broad portfolio of innovative game prototypes.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • Freedom to explore through practice: respond to live briefs, learn through creating and find your unique position between coding and making.
  • Experiences beyond the screen: make games in the widest sense – including physical, experiential, critical and socially-reflective games across both digital and non-digital – and discover the possibilities of playable experiences.
  • Connect with industry: engage with gaming industry professionals and plug-in to contemporary design practices through our range of guest lectures, events, trips, and visits to conferences.
  • Develop your portfolio: create finished products, exhibit work and graduate with a high quality and diverse portfolio that will prepare you for a career in the games, interaction and wider design industries.
  • Collaborate beyond the boundaries of games design: work with animators, interaction designers, sound artists, graphic designers, filmmakers across UAL’s diverse network of artists, designers, makers and communicators.
Career

Graduates of the course will be equipped to work in an increasingly technologically informed and interdisciplinary design world, with in-depth skills in the following areas: game design and production both 3D and 2D visual communication for games, narrative and sequential image making and time-based design as well as having a portfolio of personal work to enable you to seek work across the games sector.

Which department am I in?

Games Design

Study options

Full Time (15 months)

Tuition fees
£22,920.00 (23,66,451) per year
This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected March 2022

Start date

4 October 2021, 10 January 2022, 19 April 2022, 3 October 2022

Venue

London College of Communication

Elephant and Castle,

London,

SE1 6SB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Application to a postgraduate course usually requires US students to have an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree in a subject related to the proposed area of study, a personal statement and, where needed, a study proposal and references. Many of our courses also ask for a portfolio and some require work experience. Our IELTS requirements vary depending on the course and level of study. Minimum score for IELTS: 5.0.

For international students

An applicant will normally be considered for admission if they have achieved an educational level equivalent to an honours degree in either games design, animation, illustration, visual communication or graphic design or closely related subject, 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, or who have relevant industry experience. Students applying to this course will be expected to demonstrate a specific interest in this area of study and should have a commitment to engaging with games design. Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills; TOEFL IBT overall score 90.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London has been ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

  • Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for its Foundation Diploma
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  • Ranked in the top 15 in the UK for industry connections
  • UAL alumni have won awards including Golden Globes and Oscars