Games Design and Development

Scholarships Available

2 Years Full-time

Main Campus In person

Application deadline 4 Jul 2024

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Games Design and Development

COURSE OVERVIEW

Do you want to create your own games? Could you run your own games company?

NFTS Games aims to give you everything you need to make high-quality games across a range of styles, formats and platforms.

Learn the practical skills and expand your creative knowledge to design, devise and build games, from inception to delivery, in our collaborative and innovative environment. 

The Rookies Award for 'Production Excellence - Mobile Games' 2023

Aisosa Ugiagbe
Julia Spinola in the games lab
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"I chose NFTS because the structure of the course seemed to benefit my learning style – which is to learn by doing!"

Aisosa Ugiagbe
NFTS graduate

"At the NFTS, you get to have a network of people that are willing and excited to help. And we’ll have that professional relationship forever."

Julia Spinola
2023 Graduate

“At the NFTS, our graduate projects are essentially solo but we have great collaborators including composers and sound designers.”

Guy Sargent
Course graduate and Student BAFTA nominated games designer

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We have a ‘games innovation’ ethos, giving you the opportunity to create complete games in a unique environment, collaborating with students from across the School – from composers and sound designers to marketing and distribution students – learning not only how to create games, but how to release them and promote them across indie games and Triple-A.

You’ll get access to high-spec gaming systems and related tools, working on both solo and group projects, with plenty of opportunities to experiment, innovate and excel.

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop industry contacts through events and visits from professionals and experts.

 

COURSE FACILITIES

As an NFTS student, you will have 24/7 access to the NFTS Games Design and Development Lab. This consists of two large dedicated studios containing a suite of Alienware Aurora development workstations –  one per student. Each machine is based around Intel i7 processors with Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 graphics cards. They are all kitted out with the latest software and specialist game development tools.

Funding Available

The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK. If you’re successful at gaining a place on the course, you will be contacted by our funding team with details on how to apply for one of these scholarships.

Upcoming Events

Tutors

Student Showcase

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Eros Xavier's Love Solutions (trailer)
2023 Game

A 2.5D narrative driven puzzle-like game. Play as Eros, a retired cupid who breaks couples apart instead of bringing them together by manipulating objects in their home. How many hearts can you break?

Winner of the 2023 BAFTA Student Game Award. The game's creator, Rafif Kalantan, was included in MCV/DEVELOP’s 30 Under 30 2023.

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Gravity Commando (trailer)
2022 Game

Designer/Developer/Programmer
- Alexis Martineau
Producer - Jean De Wilde
Story - Sophie Artemigi, Alexis Martineau
User Interface Design - Aisosa Ugiagbe

Students collaborate with others across the School to bring their games to life – including composers, screenwriters, animators and sound designers to producers and marketing and distribution students.

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Octo-Ninja Hachimaru (trailer)
2022 Game

Designer/Developer/Level Designer
- Aisosa Ugiagbe
Programmers
- Aisosa Ugiagbe, Alexis Martineau

Each year, second year Games Design and Development MA showcase their games at EGX.

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Harp Song (trailer)
2022 Game

Designers/Developers/Story
- Stephen Glenister, Ástráður "Ace" Ísak Lárusson
Level Designer - Ástráður "Ace" Ísak Lárusson
Programmer - Stephen Glenister
Producers - Juliana Lynch, Ashkan Dabbagh
Writer - Paul Carey

Harp Song was shortlisted for the 2022 Yugo BAFTA Student Awards. 

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Zellige: The Tilemaker of Granada (trailer)
2022 Game

Designer/Developer/Programmer - Louis Torres Tailfer
Producer - Jean de Wilde
Story/Writer - Afnan Linjawi
Usability & UE Designer - Sophie Artemigi

Zellige: The Tilemaker of Granada won the People's Choice Award at the Gee Learning Games Awards in 2022.

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CoVRt Operation (walkthrough)
2021 Game

Designer/Developer - Guy Sargent
Producer - Michelle Brondum
Writer - Tom Van Overloop

2021 graduation game CoVRt Operation was one out of three of the first ever games selected in the brand new Games category at the BAFTA Student Awards.

Graduate Success

Games Design and Development MA graduates are able to confidently step out into the industry into a wide range of roles including games developers, designers, programmers and project managers.

Recent credits include...

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Junior Designer Billy Blake

Lego Star Wars poster

Graduate Success

Games Design and Development MA graduates are able to confidently step out into the industry into a wide range of roles including games developers, designers, programmers and project managers.

Recent credits include...

Pixel Ripped 1995 and Pixel Ripped 1989

Creator Ana Ribeiro

Pixel Ripped 1995 poster

Graduate Success

Games Design and Development MA graduates are able to confidently step out into the industry into a wide range of roles including games developers, designers, programmers and project managers.

Recent successes for our graduates include...

Sophie Artemigi

Creator of Hook Up: The Game,
selected for MCV/DEVELOP's 2022 30 Under 30
and won the*GameHERs Mobile Game of the Year

Hook Up the game poster, showing two illustrated people

Graduate Success

Games Design and Development MA graduates are able to confidently step out into the industry into a wide range of roles including games developers, designers, programmers and project managers.

Recent successes for our graduates include...

Naomi Kotler

Senior Experience Designer at Ninja Theory, winner of the 2017 Women in Games Breakthrough Talent Award

Naomi Kotler award