Brunel University games course achieves TIGA Accreditation

By February 15, 2024 Press Releases

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video games industry, is pleased to announce the accreditation of the following games course at Brunel University.

BA (Hons) Games Design

Inclusive of the following named awards:

BA (Hons) Games Design (Art)

BA (Hons) Games Design (Studies)

BA (Hons) Games Design (Technology)

BA (Hons) Games Design (Audio)

Re-accreditation – AWARDED

The course has proven to create employable graduates in a range of well-know games studios, and related fields. Collaboration and consideration of the student journey is built into the structure ensuring students gain valuable experience developing games in teams, and have opportunity to pursue specialist delivery in the named pathways and specific modules.

Destination data

BA (Hons) Games Design

Missing destination data tends to distort overall employability rates. TIGA therefore uses official “Graduate Outcomes” data from HESA[1] to report overall employment rates, together with data provided by Brunel University:

  • Percentage employed after 15 months: 95%
    (Graduate Outcomes survey data from 2020-21)
  • Percentage employed in games: 60%
    (University data for 2021-2023 ignoring unknown students[2])
  • Percentage employed using their game technology skills[3]: 10%
    (University data for 2021-2023 ignoring unknown students2)

Dr Richard Wilson OBE, TIGA CEO, said:

“Brunel University’s BA (Honours) Games Design course has a strong focus on preparing graduates for employment.  For example, the course has a specific module which involves students applying for jobs, preparing a CV, covering letters and a game prototype. The quality of teaching is rated highly by students via 2022/23 NSS results, lecturers have won a number of awards and Brunel achieved a ‘Triple Bronze’ rating in the 2023 Teaching and Excellence Framework. Congratulations to Brunel University on achieving the re-accreditation of your Games Design course.”

Associate Professor Mark Wickham, TIGA Educational Advisor & Director of Computer Arts and Technology, Norwich University of the Arts, said:

“It’s always a pleasure to review the amazing work that is going on across higher education in the delivery of games. Brunel have restablished their standing in the select group of TIGA accredited courses through demonstrating their commitment to embed employability through multiple facets of their curriculum. Furthermore, the opportunity for students to gain work experience via an internship at their in-house studio, Octopus 8, is an excellent initiative.” 

Dr Thaleia Deniozou, Division Lead for Digital Arts, Reader in Games Art, Brunel University, said:

“We are delighted to be part of the TIGA community – Achieving re-accreditation for the BA (Hons) Games Design and related pathways, is a testament to the team’s continuous commitment to excellent, industry-relevant education and to our students’ quality of work. TIGA has a great understanding of how the games industry and games education interact, and having our course recognised via the re-accreditation is a great achievement.”

Dr Andra Ivănescu, Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Games Design, Senior Lecturer in Game Studies, Brunel University, said:

“We are thrilled that the quality of our course continues to be recognised through our recent TIGA re-accreditation. We are committed to maintaining this high standard of teaching and preparing our students for their exciting futures in the industry.”

Accreditation Team

The Accreditation Team from TIGA who reviewed the course comprised:

  • Dr Richard Wilson, OBE CEO TIGA
  • Associate Professor Mark Wickham, TIGA Educational Advisor & Director of Computer Arts and Technology, Norwich University of the Arts
  • Chris Green, Lead Artist, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Anna Limpens, Course Leader and Principal Lecturer, BSc Computer Games Production, University of Portsmouth
  • Jordan Woodward, Head of Design, Rebellion


TIGA is the trade association for the UK video games industry.  TIGA’s vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to develop video games. To this end, TIGA:

Get in touch:

Tel: 0845 468 2330

[1] Source:

[2] Data based on known graduate destinations.

[3] In further study or related fields.


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