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MA Games Design

Course Description


Rooted in experimental practice, MA Games Design ensures that students are equipped with both the technical and critical skills that allow them to produce a broad portfolio of innovative game prototypes. You will also explore concepts of goal, challenge and obstacle through critical evaluation in order to understand the motive forces of play that operate in game design.


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.


Term 1 (10 weeks)

1.1 Design & Prototyping (40 Credits)
1.2 Understanding Gaming Experience (20 Credits)

Term 2 and 3 (20 weeks)

2.1 Critical Play (40 Credits)
2.2 Collaborative Unit (20 Credits) – term two only.

Term 4 (5 + 10 weeks)

3.1 Final Major Project + Thesis (60 Credits)

Visit the MA Games Design page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!

Student Profiles

UAL Postgraduate Funding and Scholarships Schemes - 20+ Awards

University of the Arts London is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to those wishing to study at postgraduate level.
These awards are funded by generous private donations, company donations, philanthropic charities and University funds. The scholarships range from fee waivers to full support for a year or more.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £25,000


To see whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Application Procedure

To find out whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, or to see details of application procedures and application forms, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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. Entry onto the course requires that you have some experience of coding. 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. For more information please View Website

Course Fees

£8,250 - Home/EU, £17,230 - International

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