Courses

Games Design BA (Hons)

TAKE YOUR EDUCATION TO A HIGHER LEVEL

This year takes place in ETIC_Algarve, with the partnership of Teesside University, located in Middlesbrough, UK.

When the student completes this added year they obtain the academic degree BA (Hons)- Bachelor of Arts, a British higher education diploma at Level 6.

This is a year of study progression not only for the students who have finished the 2 year Video Games course at ETIC_ Algarve, but also available to external students as long as the requirements are met.

It is needed to have a certificate of competence in English.

This course provides a strong blend of Research, Critical Analysis, Design and Professional Practice, enabling students to enhance their skills and knowledge of methodologies that are essential for a successful international career.

FINAL DIPLOMA:
Games Design BA (Hons) by Teesside University
Course Plan

Guidance for an International Career

The student enhances both technical and creative knowledge and skills, gaining the necessary preparation for an international career and achieving success in the Videogame industry.  

A Creative Environment Linked to The Industry

ETIC Algarve maintains strong ties to the professional world, leading to partnerships with various companies and institutions as well as fostering close interactions between students, teachers, and staff. It’s vibrant and collaborative atmosphere creates the perfect environment for creativity and a steady workflow. Curricular projects often involve real-world briefings and creative challenges that prepare students for professional roles. Additionally, the school frequently offers students opportunities to engage in events and festivals to gain practical experience.

Guidance for an International Career

The student enhances both technical and creative knowledge and skills, gaining the necessary preparation for an international career and achieving success in the Videogame industry.  

A Creative Environment Linked to The Industry

ETIC Algarve maintains strong ties to the professional world, leading to partnerships with various companies and institutions as well as fostering close interactions between students, teachers, and staff. It’s vibrant and collaborative atmosphere creates the perfect environment for creativity and a steady workflow. Curricular projects often involve real-world briefings and creative challenges that prepare students for professional roles. Additionally, the school frequently offers students opportunities to engage in events and festivals to gain practical experience.

1 Year, Bachelor Degree - Top Up Year
Classes from September to June
Monday to Friday, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Participant Limit

Max: 16

16 x 325,00€
100€ Application +450€ Enrolment

Bachelor Of Arts
(Top Up Year)


The Bachelor Degree courses are certified by Teesside University, which is governed by the FHEQ – Framework for Higher Education Qualifications – process in England, compatible with the European qualifications system.

To learn more about our partnered school,

Teesside University, visit their website here.

Recipients

This 3rd year is destined to graduated students from ETIC_Algarve's Video Games 2 year technical course and external students, with 120 Credits completed, whose equivalence can be granted.

With these requirements met, for those who want to start a higher level career in the Creative, Design, Script, Production and/or Testing in the Video Games area.

Professional Opportunities

A course in Games Design significantly enhances employability in the ever growing gaming industry.

Graduates are equipped with a blend of technical skills, creative problem-solving abilities, and project management expertise, making them valuable assets to game development studios, both large and small.

Career paths include roles such as game designers, level designers, narrative designers, and UX/UI designers.

The course also opens doors to adjacent fields like virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive media, where the principles of game design are increasingly applied.

Additionally, the collaborative and multidisciplinary nature of the course prepares students for dynamic team environments, ensuring they can contribute effectively from day one.

With the gaming sector continuing to expand, individuals with a background in Games Design are well-positioned to pursue rewarding and diverse career opportunities.

Course Content

NARRATIVE DESIGN AND INTEGRATION

  • In this module, you will explore the theory and integration of game narrative concepts. You will investigate storytelling in games, including narration, character creation, story arcs, point of view, voice, tense, cut scenes, narrative wash/narrative texture, backstory, storytelling using affordances and signifiers, world building, emergent storytelling, and found text/found audio.
  • You will engage in a range of strategies to help you develop your skills as a game narrative creator. Practical exercises and activities will be employed to help you develop your own narrative voice and individual writing and/or visual storytelling style.
  • For the assessment, you will individually produce a narrative and/or world-building plan with an in-engine demonstration of your created plan, showcasing your understanding of world-building and/or narrative techniques in practice. The assessment will consist of one ICA that includes these two components.

NARRATIVE DESIGN AND INTEGRATION

  • In this module, you will explore the theory and integration of game narrative concepts. You will investigate storytelling in games, including narration, character creation, story arcs, point of view, voice, tense, cut scenes, narrative wash/narrative texture, backstory, storytelling using affordances and signifiers, world building, emergent storytelling, and found text/found audio.
  • You will engage in a range of strategies to help you develop your skills as a game narrative creator. Practical exercises and activities will be employed to help you develop your own narrative voice and individual writing and/or visual storytelling style.
  • For the assessment, you will individually produce a narrative and/or world-building plan with an in-engine demonstration of your created plan, showcasing your understanding of world-building and/or narrative techniques in practice. The assessment will consist of one ICA that includes these two components.

BETA ARCADE

  • This module is designed to give you experience working as a member of a games development team, closely mirroring industrial practice. You will work in teams to develop a small game demo. The assessment consists of two components: the first evaluates the demo and teamwork, while the second assesses your individual contribution through a development portfolio.
  • You will be required to develop a "Making of" Design/Art Book in electronic format as part of this process. Additionally, you will conduct a peer assessment.

GAMES PROJECT

  • The Games Project is a large-scale study that you will undertake under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. The project involves the production of a substantial artefact related to your course of study and culminates in writing a report and a viva, which includes the presentation, demonstration, and discussion of your artefact.
  • You will be guided to develop an appropriate sense of work discipline coupled with a professional outlook. You are expected to take responsibility for planning and executing an extended piece of work, including considering associated legal, social, ethical, and professional issues. This project allows you to explore a chosen subject area in depth, demonstrating your ability to analyse, synthesise, and creatively apply what you have learned throughout the programme while showcasing your critical, evaluative skills and professional awareness.

Teachers

Teachers

Facilities and Equipment

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ETIC_Algarve is equipped with the best technological resources available, such as:

  • Classrooms with individual workstations in a Windows environment;
  • Huion Kamvas pen displays and Wacom pen tablets;
  • Virtual Reality Headsets Meta Quest 2;
  • Softwares: Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, Audition, After Effects, etc; ; Unity; Spriter; Blender; Reaper; FM Mod, Unreal Engine

Facilities and Equipment

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ETIC_Algarve is equipped with the best technological resources available, such as:

  • Classrooms with individual workstations in a Windows environment;
  • Huion Kamvas pen displays and Wacom pen tablets;
  • Virtual Reality Headsets Meta Quest 2;
  • Softwares: Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, Audition, After Effects, etc; ; Unity; Spriter; Blender; Reaper; FM Mod, Unreal Engine

Portfolios

Portfolios

Pricing ​​

Monthly Fees:
16 x 325,00€
100€ Application +450€ Enrolment
12 x 433,33€
100€ Application +450€ Enrolment
Special Discounts (not combinable):
-10%
save 520€
Full payment for
Former Trainees
-7,5%
save 390€
Full payment
-5%
save 260,00€
Former Trainees - Instalments

Application Process

Requirements: 

  • Curriculum / Biography (in English)
  • 1 passport-type photograph in digital format
  • Portfolio (in English)
  • Academic Certificate - 12th grade
  • Certificate of Completion of the 2-year course in Video Games at ETIC_Algarve or, in case of external student, Certificate that proves the 120 ECTS credits (in Engish)
  • Documents from the Candidate and the Payment Guarantor (Identification Document +  Taxpayer Card + Proof of Address: water, electricity, telephone bills or driving license)
  • English Level Certificate, issued less than two years ago, with scores from one of the following tests is required (in english):
    • DUOLINGO, minimum 115 (95 in all components)
    • IELTS, minimun 6.0 (5.5 in all components)
    • TOEFL IBT, minimum 80 (20 in all components) 

How do I start my Application? 

  • Click on the "I'M INTERESTED" button that you find in this webpage.
  • Fill out the form with the personal information that will be asked.

What next?

  • After doing so you will receive an email confirmation. In said email you will find information about the documents we will need from you, as well as a form in which you can submit them. There you can also find information about:
    • Scheduling an Interview
    • Visiting the school (optional)

General Conditions

  • In certain modules, there may be Project Support classes, classes without an instructor for the development of applied exercises (not counted in the training hours and varying according to the course).
  • ETIC_Algarve may replace an instructor if it deems necessary to respond more effectively to the proposed objectives.
  • Classes are held in person but may occur online, depending on the situation.
  • The opening of each course/class/schedule is conditioned to a minimum number of registrations.
  • Enrollment in the desired schedule is limited to the number of available spots.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get from this one-year degree?

British education offers the opportunity to earn a university degree with one year of study for individuals who have completed two years of training in a specific field or obtained a Level 5 qualification (120 credits). Upon completing this academic year (60 credits), students are awarded the BA (Hons) – Bachelor of Arts, a recognized higher education degree in the UK.

What is a Bachelor's Degree - Top Up Year?

This corresponds to the third year of a university program. Throughout one academic year, students gain advanced knowledge and hone their skills in a specific field. Upon finishing this third year, they are awarded a Bachelor's degree, an internationally recognized qualification.

Who can take this Bachelor's Degree?

Students who finished the 2 year videogame course at ETIC Algarve or external students that obtained 120 ECTS credits, whose Equivalence can be granted, and have an english certificate level with scores mentioned below.

Who defines the Curricular Program and who issues the Diploma?

This curriculum is defined by Teesside University, while classes are held in person at ETIC Algarve. The diploma students receive is awarded and issued by Teesside University.

Is an English test necessary?

Yes, an English Level Certificate is necessary, issued less than two years ago, with scores from one of the following tests:

  • DUOLINGO minimum 115 (95 in all components);
  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (5.5 in all components);
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 (20 in all components)

Why ETIC_Algarve?

At ETIC_Algarve, we provide excellent training for the Creative Industries. We foster a restless and constantly evolving spirit, believing this is the best way to nurture creativity.

We seek the constant challenge of innovation, supported by a dedicated team and a relaxed yet demanding environment.

Located in the heart of Faro, our school is one of the creative hubs of the region. Here, creativity is both lived and breathed, alongside rigor and a strong work ethic, in a space that enhances the freedom to create.

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