Communication and Media with Game Design Studies

Key information


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This programme enables you to combine our popular BA Communication and Media with a Minor pathway in Game Design Studies – a new and distinctive provision in the study of interactive audiovisual media.

Programme in detail

From politics and human rights, to celebrity and culture: you will learn how such ideas are influenced, expressed and shared. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of media and communication forms, analysing how they are organised as text, how they represent the world to us and ourselves to the world (from global power politics to constructions of individual identity), and how the media industries are organised to produce and profit from them.

The Minor pathway in Game Design Studies provides a more specialist element to your studies. You will follow modules from other areas of the School of the Arts, as well as a suite of bespoke interdisciplinary modules concerning the design and interpretation of games. Topics include the history and development of gaming cultures, the complex nature of interactive media, and the critical issues that accompany engagement with virtual worlds.

Digital games represent one of the fastest growing forms of entertainment media: consequently, there is a growing need for many jobs that are not only in the games industry, but in surrounding industries as well. This programme develops a wide range of skills that prepare students for employment at various entry points in the job market, including content creation, publishing, journalism, and marketing.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

111 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

97% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DHLE 2016/17)

Why this subject?

Immerse yourself in a city known as a political and creative force

What better place to immerse yourself in the subject than Liverpool, a city with a reputation as a political and creative force, with a thriving production sector and a unique cultural heritage? The Department has close links to cultural industries and venues in the city, some of which collaborate with us in offering assessed work placements as part of our programme of study.

Join an expanding and vibrant Department

In recent years, the Department has grown and we are now able to offer an even greater choice of modules, taught by staff with national and international reputations who are actively researching and publishing in their fields. 

Be part of our supportive community

Although we are expanding, we are still a small friendly Department with a family ethos, so personal interaction with students is at the heart of what we do, offering learning support, extensive feedback and pastoral care.

Year in Industry

If you choose the programme with a ‘Year in Industry’, you will spend Year Three on a paid placement within an organisation in the media industry, broadly defined. Support for your placement will be provided by the Department and the School of the Arts.

Your reflexive written account of the experience, connecting it to your academic studies, will contribute towards your final degree result, before your programme concludes with a fourth and final year of academic study in Liverpool.

Viral video

Our third year module ‘Viral Video’ enables students to develop practical skills in videomaking. Check out their efforts on our dedicated YouTube page by clicking here, or search ‘Media/Pool’.