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Games Design and Virtual Reality

Industry-standard facilities

Study on the latest software in our dedicated games lab


Connect with staff and professionals from leading games developing companies

Workplace learning

Take the opportunity to complete a work placement on every course

Our undergraduate and postgraduate games design and development courses let you specialise in games design, scripting, programming or production.

You'll learn in facilities with the latest technology, just like you would find in industry. You'll have a dedicated motion capture studio, high-end computers and software specifically for games creation at your disposal. We also have PlayStation developer kits and virtual reality equipment, like the HTC Vive and Oculus available for you to use.

Our dynamic industry partnerships have resulted in the launch of the Epic Games Lab on our Stoke-on-Trent campus, and some of our courses are now accredited by games industry body TIGA.

You can specialise in design, gameplay, animation or programming depending on your interests. If it's creativity and 3D design you're keen on - then we've got you covered with our games art courses. Our design, production and programming courses focus more on the technical aspects of games production. If your passion lies in history and theory of games and gaming, we have an undergraduate games studies course that’s just for you.


Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be in a broader field. Alongside your studies, it will give you the best possible mix of knowledge and practical understanding.

Work experience opportunities

Graduates from our games courses have worked with:

  • Rockstar North
  • Naughty Dog
  • Astraware
  • Asylum Entertainment
  • Climax Studios
  • Codemasters
  • Kuju Entertainment
  • Jagex

Our students

Will Crighton
Games Art student

If you aspire to work as a Games Artist, Staffordshire University is a great choice to help you achieve your goals.

Michael Knowland
Computer Games Design

Studying computer games design was an excellent way to prepare me for my career as a 3D Character Artist. I was able to get a scope of nearly all fields in the games industry, which really helped me to focus my skills and to land my first job. I also met a tonne of good friends along the way and had a blast.

Our staff

Nia Wearn
Nia WearnLecturer

A Staffordshire University graduate herself, Nia’s career has seen her previously listed as one of the Top 100 Women in Video Games by industry magazine MCV. Her research specialises in ways to understand and encourage games designers.

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Greg Penninck
Greg PenninckCourse Leader

Greg began his career as a games designer and 3D artist working on serious games. He has experience working on many mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, PSP and more recently the PS4.

Greg has contributed to several online games design educational programmes and websites such as Udemy and 3D-Palace, focusing on 3ds Max and the Unreal Engine.

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Yvan Cartwright
Yvan CartwrightCourse Leader

Yvan’s research in the area of computer gaming focuses on engines, rapid prototyping and AI systems. He works extensively with Epic's Unreal Engine 4 and the Unity 3D Engine.

Paul Roberts
Paul RobertsCourse Leader

After starting out in retail management, Paul decided to pursue his dream of programming computer games. He worked on AAA titles like Worms Revolution, Call of Duty: Strike Team, and The Lego Movie: The Game before joining Staffordshire University.

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Dave Edwards
Dave EdwardsCourse Leader

Dave is an experienced technical artist and academic. He teaches on many of the earlier levels of the Games Art degree, using his expertise in 3D character and environment art, 3D scripting, and level design in the Unreal Engine.