Taught course

Independent & Serious Games

University for the Creative Arts · General Art, Design and Media

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline; and/or
  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

Entry requirements for international students can be found on the course page.

Months of entry


Course content

Games that have meaning beyond entertainment are the focus of our new MA Independent & Serious Games degree course at UCA Farnham.

To meet the ever-changing landscape of digital games, which are now being incorporated and used in the worlds of advertising, museums, medical training, psychology, education and theatre, this course examines how games and interactive media are constantly and deeply intertwined. It will help develop you as a new kind of interactive creator, ready for a career in experience design or independent games.

So, if you want to work in smaller and independent games studios, apply interactivity to your established creative practice, or work in industries bordering the games industry, this course is for you.

You'll combine an advanced exploration of games design with solid technical skills, in order to create games at an independent level. You'll also focus on critical analysis and thinking as you work - this will enable you to craft your games mechanics with a supporting message or a specific goal in mind.

You'll be supported in your studies by our team of academic staff and gain insight from our established industry links, and have access to our extensive facilities.

Information for international students

UCA has a global student community and welcomes creatives from around the world.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for information on fees and scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01252 892 883