BSc: Games Development, Interaction Design, User Experience Design

A handy guide to the Library collections, services and facilities within your subject area.

Lindsey CrushMeet Your Librarian

Lindsey Crush is the Assistant Librarian responsible for the Faculty of Arts & Media. She studied Fine Art at NUA, Library Studies at Aberystwyth and has a PGCHE in Art, Design, Architecture and Media.

How can I help you?

You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat. As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@nualibrary) for times and dates.

 

If we don’t stock the book you are looking for we can get it for you via Inter library loan or purchase a copy for the library. Click here to suggest an item or email us.

 

 

Browse the library shelves

book cover - how to design websitesBook cover: dont make me thinkBooks for BSc courses

BSc books in the Library’s main collection can be found on the first floor at Dewey Decimal number 794.8.

With the exception of short loan books, everything can be borrowed for three weeks. Click here for more information on how to borrow. The collection is broken down into more specific subject areas like this:

Interface Design: 005.437
Digital Design and marketing: 658.827
Technical works (design): 750.6 Typography: 752.6
Website design: 753.780
Layout: 754.6
Applications including Maya: 759.543
Games Design: (interfaces): 794.81526

 

Browse journals and magazines

MagazinesJournals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.

Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:

  • They are up to date.
  • Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
  • Young artists and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.

These are titles that relate particularly to the BSc courses, but remember lots of the other titles available in the library will be useful too such as the Graphic Design magazines:

 

Current Journals

3D Artist magazine cover3D Artist is an authoritative and well-respected source of inspiration for those working or aspiring to be working in the CGI industry. Every product in the 3D Artist portfolio features guides for awe-inspiring images, interviews and career advice from industry insiders and behind-the-scenes access on major 3D projects. 3D Artist covers all software and disciplines.

Print holdings: From 2018

3D World cover3D World is designed for all CG artists, covering animation, VFX, games and arch-viz. Every month enjoy new tutorials written by leading CG creatives.

Print holdings: Most recent 3 years

Edge: multi-format video game magazine Edge magazine cover

Print holdings: From 2015

Games and Culture journal coverGames & Culture: quarterly peer reviewed international journal that publishes innovative theoretical and empirical research about games and culture within interactive media. The journal serves as a premiere outlet for ground-breaking work in the field of game studies.
Print holdings: Most recent 5 years. Click image for information on access to e-versions
Imagine FX coverImagine FX: 'The world's best-selling magazine for digital artists'

Print holdings: From 2015

E-Journals

The Library also has a selection of E-Journals that can be read online.

ACM Digital Library 

Search here for access to all Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) publications, including journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters and books.

Access: on and off-campus

Develop:

"Develop is the only European-based website and magazine totally focused on the games development sector. It benefits from being able to drill down into technical subjects and agenda-setting issues, whilst offering valuable tips and information to its readers."

Press start:

Press Start is an open access, peer-reviewed student journal that publishes the best undergraduate and postgraduate research, essays and dissertations from across the multidisciplinary subject of Game Studies. The Editorial Board and Reviewers are comprised of students and recent graduates at Glasgow University.

Research online

As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research. These can be really useful for finding information for reports and essays. For a full list see here.

Accessing e-resources from off campus

Finding articles in magazines and journals
To find magazine and journal articles online, use the Discovery search box at the top of every page on this website. Enter your search term (e.g. a designer's name) and you will see a results list that includes both books and journal articles which feature in your search terms. Many of the results will offer full text so you can read the articles online. Some results may give an abstract which will give you a brief summary of the article, but not the full text. If you would like to read the full text but can't find it, please ask a Librarian for help, or request the article via Inter Library Loan.Search button For more details on searching and browsing journals, please have a look at the e-journals guide.
Watch tv and film
BoB (Box of Broadcasts) is a television streaming service available to all students and staff. Login using your NUA username and password. It is covered under the NUA’s television license so there is no need for a TV license to use it. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also create playlists of your favourite programmes and there is a function for making clips.Here is a BSc playlist we have created.

Kanopy logo

Kanopy

A curated collection of over 30,000 videos available for streaming on and off campus.

How to access - click on the link above to login to Kanopy with your NUA username and password. If you are off-campus you may need to click on the 'Connect Now; button.

Useful websites for the BSc courses

Behance
Showcase and discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals across industries.

Codenutz

"Codenutz.com is a free resource showing you how to make an app, get it into the market and make money from it."

Nielson Norman Group

Evidence-Based User Experience Research, Training, and Consulting.

Skills you need

Useful website with guides to presentation and writing skills.

The digital project manager

"The Digital Project Manager provides project management guidance for the digital wild west where crazy clients, tiny budgets & silly deadlines reign supreme."

W3C Web accessibility guidelines
The mission of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is to lead the Web to its full potential to be accessible, enabling people with disabilities to participate equally on the Web.

Web designer depot
Web Design Resources for Web Designers. Include Photoshop Tutorials, WordPress Plugins, and Web Development tools.

Get help with your research

Contact the Library
Find Study Skills Advice

Take a look at previously submitted NUA Research Reports.

E-books

NUA Library subscribes to EBook Central and Dawsonera. Go to the E-books page to find out more about how to access these resources. We have over 140,000 e-books to choose from, and you can even rent or suggest extra purchases too.

If you are ever unsure just come and ask a member of the library team and we will be glad to help you.