Course length: Full-time, 1 year
All courses starting in September 2021 will run as a hybrid of on-campus and digital teaching and learning and will follow UK government safety advice. We may need to adjust course delivery if advice changes. We will notify applicants and students of any changes directly.
Combine creative flair and technical skill on the MA Games Masters degree course at the UK’s Best Educational Institution (2017 TIGA Games Industry Awards).
As a postgraduate student at NUA you’ll collaborate with likeminded peers and be guided by subject specialist staff. You’ll enjoy interdisciplinary sessions with students from across our range of MA courses as you work towards your ambition of a career in the games industry or wider creative sector.
Refine your industry-ready skillset
Ensuring you graduate ready to meet the demands of a rapidly-evolving industry, this course will accelerate the development of your games design skillset.
Alongside broader research into the social, technical, economic and cultural context in which games are produced, you’ll specialise in one of three areas, following a clearly-defined path of study in Concept Art (and Sequential Narrative), Asset Production or Indie Development.
Blend theory, practice and creativity
Whatever your choice, your creativity will be informed by theoretical, cultural and historical research – and powered by cutting-edge technology and software.
Graduates of the MA Games postgraduate course at NUA include three BAFTA-winning games designers, the V&A’s first Games Designer in Residence, six teams of Dare to Be Digital finalists and employees at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Foundry 42, Rebellion, Crytek, Frontier Developments, Splash Damage, Ubisoft, Rockstar Games and many more.
NUA at the Norwich Gaming Festival
Graduates work in a broad range of careers including
- Games Art
- Games Design
- Concept Art
- Creative Direction
- External Production
- Project Management
- Indie Games Development
- Research/PhD Study
MA Degree Show
Discover the work of some of our our postgraduate students in their MA Degree Show at Norwich University of the Arts.
Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons) / BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.
Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award.
2021/22 Tuition Fees For New Entrants
|Home||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£8,500|
|Home||Postgraduate degree (part-time)||£5,310|
|Home||MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years)||£9,250 per year. £18,500 in total.|
|Home||MArch Architecture (part-time, over 3 years)||£6,167 per year. £18,500 in total.|
|Overseas||MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years)||£15,900 per year. £31,800 in total.|
|Overseas||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£15,900.|
Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £11,570
For 2021, UK nationals and EU nationals who have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status may be eligible for a government loan towards course fees or living costs. Both full and part-time Masters degree students can apply for the Masters loan. Find out more on the UK Government website.
How to apply
Applications to our postgraduate courses should be made directly to Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.
Applications should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and conditions
If you’re invited to interview we’ll ask you to bring a portfolio of recent work. You’ll be interviewed by one or more members of the MA course team, who will ask you about your work, your applicant’s statement and your preparedness for postgraduate study.
Interviews normally last around thirty minutes and you’ll have a chance to ask the course team questions. We will endeavour to let you know if you have been successful within ten days of your interview.
When should I apply for an MA course?
There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 25 August (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paper work to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. Email our International Team for more information.
"The focus on both independent and collaborative work means that you get the opportunity to hone your personal craft, but also develop your understanding of team pipelines and established industry practices."
Norwich University of the Arts is Education Ambassador of Women in Games
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Global Game Jam Online 2021
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Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences
Tuesday 18 May - Saturday 3 July 2021 | Free entry
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NUA Masters Class
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