The MSc is focused on advanced programming in C++ in a games production context, team work, and
new technologies (procedural procession, multicore platforms, and
artificial intelligence and physics and animation in games). It is
taught by experts in the games and entertainment industries: 3
faculty members are working part-time in the games or post-production (sfx) industries, 3 other faculty members are also active in research and
development (in graphics, geometry, AI,
audio and mobile platform), and we also host visiting tutors who are actively involved in
these industries. The programme integrates state-of-the-art
technologies in its lab and course work (such as games engine, kinect, cloud gaming and next gen.
This course has a core focus on C++ and OpenGL as used by the games
industry. There is a focus on the basic computer science that is used in games as
shaders, multi-core programming and OpenCL. We cover many of the subjects
which are common in games industry job interviews. Part of the course is the construction of a game engine as a group project. We also cover
Lua, mobile devices such as Android and iOS and the mechanics of game
construction. There is an emphasis on writing cross-platform games.
Other topics we cover include:
(i) Maths and graphics: review of mathematics needed for the
development of modern games, special effects, and entertainment
(ii) business and practice: solid understanding of the industries of
computer games and interactive entertainment, and highlighting the main management
methods used in practice.
(iii) AI: Path finding, steering behaviours, scripting and agent-based AI.
(iv) Animation: Use of Motion capture, animation graphs and blending.
(v) Physics: Using collision, constraints and rigging with common
You undertake a final research project towards your dissertation which is based on the skills, knowledge and programming techniques developed in the taught modules. The alternative is to do an internship in a games or sfx studio, preferably in the greater London area (available via our numerous industry contacts).
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