Turn your love for games into a career and become part of a thriving global gaming industry.

If working out the rules, systems, puzzles and challenges that shape a player’s experience
in a game is what you get excited about, then Game Development: Design is for you.

You’ll graduate having had extensive experience as a game designer from paper concept to the finished article, with a portfolio of completed games on which you have worked closely with all the other development team disciplines.

No specific subject area is required for this specialism in terms of previous qualifications, but a good, passionate understanding of games and the ability to understand and interpret software is advantageous.

ACM London Degrees are validated and awarded by Falmouth University, which has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of degree teaching standards. Gold is reserved for institutions where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK.

Falmouth University has a 115 year history at the leading edge of creativity and is now at the forefront of driving innovation and entrepreneurialism across the creative economy with its mission of “doing it for real”.



All students on the BA (Hons) Game Development course will study the following modules.

  • Game Development Principles: GAM110
    Year 1 Compulsory 20 credits Study the basics of the game development process in GAM110. Students undertake a series of small team projects while also learning about Agile development. They are assessed on a short agile write-up, a concept proposal and a concept pitch.
  • Theory 1 – Reading Games: GAM120
    Year 1 Compulsory 20 credits Consider games from the perspective of textual analysis. We discuss how to write about games in an academic context, and there are seminars on the basics of game analysis. Students are assessed on a short textual analysis of a chosen game.
  • Assets, Rules and Story – Major Project: GAM130
    Year 1 Compulsory 40 credits Take your designs made during GAM110 and create working games from them. This is a student’s first real exposure to working in multi-skilled game development teams, supported by a member of staff via weekly mentoring sessions.
  • Game Development Principles: GAM270
    Year 2 Compulsory 20 credits Moving forward from the processes outlined in GAM110, GAM270 puts a focus on the business side of game development. Students treat their development teams like businesses, writing market research and business pitches, as well as business plans for their games.
  • World Creation – Game Development Project: GAM220 & GAM240
    Year 2 Compulsory 20 Credits & 40 credits In GAM220, team members pitch ‘worlds’, which they have designed themselves earlier in the programme, leading to a world and game type being selected for further development by their team. The development cycle begins early on in this module and continues into GAM240, which is assessed through an individual’s contributions to team projects, the quality of the team projects overall and an evaluation of what each individual student has learned from the year
  • Theory 2 – Game Form and Player Experience: GAM210
    Year 2 Compulsory 20 credits Discuss the basics of Game Studies as an academic discipline. Concepts from Game Studies are explored and discussed in seminars. Students write a definitional essay around the use and complications of a selected games studies concept such as Emotion, Feedback Loops or the Magic Circle.
  • Major Game Development Project: GAM330
    Year 3 Compulsory 40 credits In GAM330, the final game development module, finished games are pitched in show and tell events.
  • Theory 3 – Preparing For the Future: GAM310
    Year 3 Compulsory 20 credits Focus on how games and game studies will develop in the future.  Where is the industry going? What’s next in development?
  • Major Game Development Project 1: GAM320
    Year 3 Compulsory 40 credits Teams are supported by staff and peers in developing games in a truly collaborative fashion, providing critical feedback to each other and discussing best practice as they do so.
  • Professional Practice And Enterprise: GAM340
    Year 3 Compulsory 20 credits This module focuses on how students prepare themselves for a career in the games industry. Sessions on portfolios lead to an assessment on students’ CV’s and marketing materials. Sessions on professional practice lead to students writing up a report relevant to their route and sessions on starting a company lead to a business plan assessment.

Specialism Specific Modules

Specialism specific modules include:

  • Game Programming Essentials: GAM150
    Year 1  Compulsory 20 credits In this entry-level foray into programming, we assume no prior knowledge and the module is primarily about building up students’ confidence in this area. The assessments for the module are small programming problems which are given constructive and encouraging feedback.
  • Game Design 1: GAM140
    Year 1  Compulsory 20 credits Focus on game mechanics and player experience. Students will develop their understanding of the designer’s role, iterative design process, design documentation and prototypes. Assessments are concerned with the design and prototyping of an original gameplay feature that might be part of a larger gameplay experience.
  • Game Design 2: GAM260
    Year 2  Compulsory 20 credits Building on GAM140, this module takes a more detailed look at specific areas of game design. Students continue to refine their game design fundamentals as they explore in greater detail areas such as narrative, level, gameplay systems and interface design. Assessments surround the detailed design and prototyping of multiple gameplay features.

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The programme will run subject to the approval of Falmouth University. Module Structure and Content is indicative and may change, in which case, we will update this page with the latest information.

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Course Details

BA (Hons) Game Development: Design

Campus based, full-time.
London | 3 Years

Degree 360 Credits

UCAS Institution Code: A48
Course name: BA (Hons) Game Development
Course codes: Design – GDDS

Entry Requirements

All candidates may be required to attend an audition / interview.


Minimum age 18

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator.

We normally require Grade C/4 GCSE (or an equivalent qualification) in English. Candidates should be capable of using the English language fluently, and able to structure arguments and present evidence to a standard appropriate to study at Level ‘4’. Where the application materials appear insufficient to form a clear judgement on the candidate’s fluency, additional documentary evidence (e.g. recent essays) may be required.

Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to have achieved IELTS level 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent qualification. For details regarding Falmouth University’s language requirements and accepted test certificates click here.

Please note that if you live outside of the EU or EFTA and require a Tier 4 VISA to study in the United Kingdom, we thank you for your interest in ACM but we are unable to accept your application at present for our full time Further Education and Higher Education programmes.

We welcome applications from those who might have completed alternative qualifications and/or have prior experience. In the instance of no Level 3 qualifications being held or the conditions not being met, we will ask for additional material to be submitted in support of your application. Details for this will be provided to you upon successful audition.

Falmouth University

£9,000 per year. Student loans are available.


Important Information

Important information pertaining to your studies and the regulations that govern your studentship can be found on Falmouth University’s website by following this link. In particular, you should note the ‘Student Terms & Conditions’, ‘Academic Regulations’, ‘ACM Student Code of Conduct’, and ‘Academic Integrity Policy’.

If you are dissatisfied with the level of service that you have received with ACM and wish to make a complaint, please read and follow ACM’s Complaints Policy and Procedure, which can be found on Falmouth University’s website at this link.

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