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Creative Writing and Games Design

The combination of Creative Writing and Games Design is a relatively new but flourishing field. The connection between these two disciplines—whether in novels like Tim Etchell’s The Broken World or in the increased writing quality which coupled with design and programming skills produces ever more exciting games—has never been stronger and by studying these two disciplines together you will receive a uniquely contemporary education which will increase your employability and put you to the forefront of a new and expanding field.
Duration 3-years full-time; 4.5-6-years part-time
Level BA Combined Hons
Cost Fees for 2012/13 entry: Home/EU students: £9,000 full-time, £6,750 part-time. International students: £11,330 full-time. Brunel is introducing over 1000 new scholarships for 2012, meaning that one in three applicants who join Brunel next year will receive financial support from the University.
Taught by a team who specialise in research into the theoretical analysis of digital games or who are professionals in the games design industry, this new degree will introduce you to ideas and practices at the forefront of game studies and game design. Your second subject will also provide ideas and concepts that you can use in your study and design of games. This course is aimed at students who want to develop a comprehensive understanding of the factors which shape the games industry and the techniques and principles used in the design of games, in addition to developing their creative skills through the analysis, interpretation and creation of literary texts. You will have the opportunity to design and analyse digital games as well as studying Creative Writing at a high level and developing an informed understanding of current debates in the subject.
GCE A-level BBB including Grade B in English (General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted as third A-level). Irish Leaving Certificate ABBBB. Scottish Advanced Highers BBB. Advanced Diploma Progression Diploma Grade B in Creative and Media or Public Services, including A-level English at Grade B for Additional and Specialist Learning. Extended project in a related subject preferred. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject. Applicants without A level English will be required to submit a written sample of work. IBDP 32 points including HL English grade 6. Access Pass in a related subject with 36 level 3 credits passed with merit or distinction. For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths (please note that these must have been gained by the time you submit your UCAS application).
Games Design: At each level you take modules in: Theory, which develops your understanding of methods and approaches used in the analysis of games, their cultural and social significance, and historical contexts. Design, which will aid your development of creative strategies for generating game design ideas and game design projects. You undertake design projects, developing a practical understanding of creative game design. Application (industry relevant skills and contexts), which will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of the skills used currently in the games industry. Creative Writing: This course is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding, and analytical and creative skills through the analysis, interpretation and creation of literary texts. The range and choice of modules ensure that you will achieve a sound understanding of creative writing while at the same time developing your own creative skills.
Contact Information
Institution Brunel University
School of Arts

Tel: +44 (0)1895 267104
Department: School of Arts
Contact Name: Douglas Brown (Games Design) Professor Fay Weldon (Creative Writing)
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