United Kingdom, Glasgow

Gaming in Tomorrow's World

when 4 July 2016 - 31 July 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee GBP 2450

Computer games are used widely across the globe but there is always room create new games and to widen their application. The course adopts the Lean Start-up approach, a framework intended for teams to efficiently find product/market fit for new products. The core principle of the Lean method is a focused approach on evaluating design decisions based on user data that is gathered from scientific experiments. Students who have a formal, or informal but more than basic, interest in computer games can benefit from this challenging, problem-based interactive course.

Key Activities:
Students learn about developing games through a series of experiments, including prototyping and iterating their game concepts with real users. Using the Lean approach allows students to make use of GCU’s excellent studio facilities. Students will design the software necessary for the game and apply their art skills to animation tasks in allocated projects. The facilities available at GCU include HD Video Production Suite; Art Studio; Digital Audio Recording Studio; Game Design Studio featuring 3D Laser Scanning tools; Motion Capture tools and a Rapid Prototyping machine. There is also a User Experience lab where games can be tested and evaluated.

This will be based on the quality of students’ prototype, taking into account design, art and programming. Assessment will involve a show-and-tell at the end of the course, plus a peer-review assessment from team members.

Social Programme:
As with all GCU International Summer School courses, participants will experience a comprehensive social programme consisting of various events and excursions, showcasing the best of Glasgow and Scotland as both study and tourist destinations.

Course leader

Brian McDonald: Lecturer / Programme Leader for BSc Computer Games (Software Development)

Target group

This course is aimed at students up to and including Bachelors year three level, although other levels may also be considered.

High School leavers may be considered, subject to approval of academic record to date.

Credits info

5 ECTS credits - equivalent to 3 US credit hours.

Transfer of credit to students' home institutions should be negotiated in advance. GCU staff will be happy to liaise with applicants' home institutions as far as possible to assist with this.

Fee info

GBP 2450: The course fee includes tuition, private bedroom accommodation, airport pick-up and drop-off (Glasgow International Airport only), welcome pack and t-shirt, as well as all events and excursions included in the social programme.

Meal vouchers are available for purchase on request.