Taught course

MA Games Design

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Design

Entry requirements

Applicants will need to demonstrate sufficient prior knowledge and detail experience of and/or potential in games design, and/or coding and design practice to be able to successfully complete the programme of study. Applicants also need to demonstrate a good knowledge of visual culture and be able to engage in critical discussion. Entry requirements (Home/EU/International) Applicants are expected to have an honours degree in a subject such as games design, animation, illustration, visual communication or graphic design or a closely related area, 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. Coding experience Entry onto the course requires that you have some experience of coding. This maybe HTML/CSS/JavaScript or others such as actionscript, Java, C++ etc. Your level of experience can be quite low, as we will upskill applicants where needed, but you need to be comfortable with learning code and understand key concepts such as 'for loops' and 'conditional if' statements. This level of experience would have been gained by studying an undergraduate multimedia course in art and design, pre-university qualifications in computer science, multimedia and/or web authoring or advanced self-taught practice of coding through free services such as codecademy.com. Alternative entry routes We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or mature students who do not have formal qualifications but do have relevant experience in industry. 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. Students applying on the basis of their previous experience or wish to enter the course through the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes and will be guided by our admissions staff. Language requirements (International/EU) All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), with no less than 5.5 in each of the four skills. You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page. Portfolio advice All applicants must submit portfolio of work with their application. You can supply your portfolio electronically via a website, or on CD, or as a PDF with links to web projects and media assets. Applications will be shortlisted and those candidates will be invited for an interview at the College. Telephone or Skype interviews can also be arranged if you live outside of the UK. Your portfolio must include: Examples of image-led and visual work from either previous education or professional practice. A minimum of five projects and self-initiated projects are also encouraged. Project Proposal (400 - 800 words) You will be expected to outline an idea for your major project in your application. This should describe your area of interest, field of study and the particular focus of your intended project. Your proposal should also include an overview of how you intend to go about producing the project and the methodology. It is important to recognise that these ideas will inevitably develop and change across your year of study on the course and only serve to inform your application at this stage.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Games Design critically examines the concept of play to conceptually frame the practice of games design. You will produce playable prototype gaming experiences and use games design as a means to test critical ideas from broader culture.

The course is particularly interested in how games design principles are being used more generally and how these ideas impact upon our increasingly digital culture. MA Games Design will enable you to understand and articulate the unique value of game experience to an increasingly interested design industry and allow you to understand the value of your game experience prototypes.

Building on LCC's resources, in digital, time-based and interactive media alongside printmaking, graphic design and visual communication, the course encourages experimental and reflective practice that echoes the cross media nature of the design, communication and media industries.

The course also supports progression to research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self-directed experimental practice.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months

Course contact details

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