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Games Studies

What is Game Studies?

The video game industry is one of the fastest growing in the media business. Even a decade ago, some best-selling games were the produce of a 10 or so people on a budget of thousands.

These days, games have a budget of millions and require teams of hundreds to put them together.

Wales is home to a burgeoning video game industry, with over 56 video game companies in the country.

Do you want to take the first step towards joining them? If so, Bangor offers a you the option of studying Game Design as part of a media degree.

Our modules will offer you the opportunity to take your game idea from concept to screen, leading up to a final third year project.

Modules on offer focus on game development, design and production.

Gyrfa yn y Cyfryngau

Studying media subjects at Bangor can be your launch-pad to a great career. We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry.
89% of our graduates go on to work and/or study within six months of finishing the course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education).
Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles, including: game design; creative writing; professional writing and publishing; performance and the theatre (both on and behind the stage); print and/or broadcast journalism; as actors, presenters and in television programme production; advertising and marketing; radio (as presenters as well as in programme production); digital, web and new media production; multi-media industries; teaching; lecturing; and public relations.

Astudiaethau Gemau –  'Your Path to a Great Future'

Bangor University’s media department has two key strengths which makes us one of the UK’s most dynamic and creative media departments:

  • You may choose to integrate your academic and theoretical studies with hands-on creative practice.
  • The blend of expertise on offer, which offers our students opportunities in a range of different fields

This means that you will often often find yourself sitting in a classroom studying with writers, animators, game designers, film makers, screenwriters and performers.
It also means that your programme will be flexible. Your journalism course will uniquely balance subject breadth with opportunities to specialise in:

  • Professional Writing
  • Journalism
  • Media and New Media
  •  Film Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Creative and Media Practice
  • Music   

The school’s great strength is in the diversity of expertise available, and the opportunity to work with staff and your fellow students in other disciplines. Together you can create something special!

We place emphasis on your creative exploration and critical understanding. Depending on your choice of course, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and undertake practical and theoretical tasks.
Practical modules are assessed both on practical output and on the individual’s ability to reflect critically on their practice. Several modules offer the opportunity to submit practical work as an element of the assessment.
As you progress through the degree, much of your study will be done in small teaching groups with an emphasis on learning both group work skills and the ability to carry a piece of work through yourself from initial concept to completion.

Staff Astudiaethau Gemau

Dr. Melissa Kagen work primarily on Walking Simulators, intersections between immersive performance and videogames, and creative mis-play. She currently teaches game studies and game design at the school.


Studying for an undergraduate degree in the School is a rich and stimulating activity. The emphasis here is on creative exploration and critical understanding.

If you choose practical modules, we have specialist resources to support media production work.

As well as our extensive loans service for equipment such as digital recorders, video cameras, stills cameras and more, we have a range of industry-standard facilities:

  • Digital video edit suites running Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express on Apple Macs Professionally equipped Radio studio
  • Audio editing suites running Adobe Audition
  •  Auditoriums
  • Cinema Space with Dolby Surround Sound
  • John Phillips Hall with a large performance space with professional theatre lighting facilities for rehearsal and performance work
  • Professional equipment and computing facilities
  • Video and Radio kits for use on location work in the field of radio and TV
  • Multi-media computer room

All these facilities are available to you in addition to the University resources which you have access to as one of our students.

Our new multi-million pound Pontio centre is a major social hub for students as well as an international centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts.