Game Design Studies

Game Design Studies

The School of the Arts at the University of Liverpool now offers an undergraduate component in Game Design Studies – a distinctive provision in the study of interactive audiovisual media.

Game Design Studies will introduce you to the study of video games, which includes topics such as the history and development of gaming cultures, the complex nature of interactive media, and the critical issues that accompany engagement with virtual worlds, multicursal narratives, and dynamic musical content. 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.

The School of the Arts offers facilities to support both the theoretical and technical study of game design. These facilities include:

  • games research lab – a dedicated space for students to research video games, featuring several platforms (e.g. Playstation 4 with PSVR, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii), an Alienware Gaming PC, two Mac Workstations, and a diverse library of titles.
  • iMac suites – the workstations in these suites have a range of game-related software, including Unity (game engine), FMOD (middleware for game sound and music), and Blender (modelling and animation).
  • The Electronic Music Research Studio – a fully sound-proofed and treated studio for surround sound mixing, electronic music composition and sound design research.

 

25% - Game Design Studies as a Minor SubjectUCAS code
Communication and Media with Game Design Studies I611
English with Game Design Studies I612
English Language with Game Design Studies I613
English Literature with Game Design Studies I614
Music with Game Design Studies I615
Music Technology with Game Design Studies I616
Philosophy with Game Design Studies I617
Popular Music with Game Design Studies I618

 

50% - Game Design Studies as a Joint SubjectUCAS code
 Communication and Media and Game Design Studies  I619
 English and Game Design Studies  I620
 English Language and Game Design Studies  I621
 English Literature and Game Design Studies  I622
 Music and Game Design Studies  I623
Music Technology and Game Design Studies   I624
 Philosophy and Game Design Studies  I625
 Popular Music and Game Design Studies  I626

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.

Dr Paul Turowski, Subject Component Leader