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Goldsmiths, University of London: Computer Games: Art and Design

Institution Goldsmiths, University of London View institution profile
Department Computing
Study type Taught


This MA is tailored for people who want to start a career in the game industry. One of the only programmes in the UK taught by actual game developers, it will teach you game design, art & animation, and game programming, and has a strong focus on entrepreneurship and business.

As a fast-growing 150-billion-dollar business, the game industry offers countless professional opportunities. The MA Computer Games: Art & Design is right for you if you want to make game development a sustainable career and to work in this creative and rewarding industry.

This is also one of the only programmes taught by actual game developers, designers, and artists with years of experience in the game industry.

Why Study MA Computer Games: Art & Design at Goldsmiths - Learn to design and develop games using state of the art tools and game engines from actual game developer and industry veterans

  • Focus on which skills you want to learn, through a selection of option modules you can choose from

  • Collaborate with colleagues from other courses, including the MSc Computer Games Programming and the MA Games and Playful Design

  • Build your portfolio through practical coursework

  • Access state of the art game labs and facilities

  • Get your first internship in the game industry (or work on a research project instead)

  • Take part in the many events and game jams we organise every year, and be part of the creative and diverse environment that surrounds Goldsmiths

  • Access the strong UK community of publishers and creators with innovative voices creating ground-breaking titles

Who should apply The MA Computer Games is the perfect fit for anyone who is – or wants to be – in one of the following positions:

  • People who want to find a job in the game and entertainment industries

  • Game designers who want to learn how to code to bring their ideas to life

  • 3D Artists, riggers, and animators who want to master state-of-the-art modelling software

  • Character artists and concept artists and who want to create assets for games

  • Game developers who want to improve their programming skills

  • Creative folks who want to use interactive technologies for their projects

There are no technical prerequisites for the MA, as the course will cover the basics of modelling, animation, and programming in the first week. However, a creative background is strongly recommended, and any experience with 3D modelling software or game engines is very welcome.

Internship & Research Pathways There are two pathways available to all students in the MA Computer Games: Internship and Research. Students on the Internship pathway are required to take part in an industry placement during the Summer Term. This is the perfect option if you want to use this opportunity to kickstart your career in the Game Industry.

Students on the Research pathway will work on a final project instead. This is recommended if you want to pursue an academic career, or if you want to deepen your knowledge in a specific area.

The pathway must be chosen at the moment of your enrolment, but might be changed on a case-by-case basis.

MSc Computer Games Programming If you are more interested in developing game-related technical skills such as advanced programming, mathematics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and shader coding, you may want to read about our MSc Computer Games Programming.

You will be working alongside the MSc students, and if you are unsure which programme is for you, you may be able to switch between them in the first two weeks of the course.


Goldsmiths, University of London

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