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MA Games

MA Games

Course length: Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years

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
  • Teaching/Lecturing
  • Research/PhD Study
  • Illustration

MA Degree Show

Discover the work of some of our our postgraduate students in their MA Degree Show at Norwich University of the Arts.

Student work

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Entry requirements

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.

2019/20 Tuition Fees For New Entrants

UK/EU nationality Postgraduate degree (full-time) £7,500
UK/EU nationality Postgraduate degree (part-time) £4,750
International (non-EU) Postgraduate degree (full-time) £14,500

Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,906

For 2019, UK nationals and those who have been resident in England for three years may be eligible to apply for a government loan of up to £10,906 towards course fees or living costs. Part time and EU students may also be eligible. 

Find out more about postgraduate loans.

How to apply

Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.

MA Application form 2020-21 – Word format
MA Application form 2020-21 – PDF format

Applications should be returned to admissions@nua.ac.uk 

Terms and conditions

NUA Terms and Conditions (06/12/18) (51k)
NUA 2019-20 Student Regulations and Procedures (17/09/19)
Student Protection Plan (05/09/18) (60k)

Interview

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.

Find out more about applying.

Students

Joe Neeves, MA Games student at Norwich University of the Arts portrait picture

Joe Neeves

"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."

MA Games

Lecturers

  • Nigel Potter

  • Will Teather

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