Awarding Body: UAL
Qualifications on offer:
- Level 2 Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production (Games Design) or
- Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production (Games Design)
- If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in GCSE Mathematics and English you will also work towards achieving these qualifications
Summary of course
Our new programme in Games Design will provide you with an opportunity to begin your journey in the games design industry. Using industry software and hardware in our purpose built Mac suites will give you the best possible start.
You will have the opportunity to create ideas for games, as well as study how games work. You will look at what people do in the games design industry and learn how to plan and market your game. By the end of the course, you will have a range of skills that will prepare you for your next step, as well as gaining transferable skills relevant to broader fields.
Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions on motion graphics, animation, web design and games testing. Classroom-based theory sessions are supported by IT and computer-based research, educational visits to industry trade fairs and other games industry-related events.
And after studying the new UAL Level 2 Games Design at Northampton College you will have the opportunity to further your aspirations by progression on to our Level 3 Games Design programme.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- 2D Drawing
- Interactive 3D Modelling
- Asset Design
- Interactive Animation
- Sound for Computer Games
- Final Major Project
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:
How is the course assessed?
This course is assessed through:
- internal assessment
Your Study Programme
If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade C (4) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in studying towards working in the games design industry and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in Games Design.
Progression and Career Opportunities
Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.
Entry Requirements for new students
|Entry and Foundation:||GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*|
|Level 1:||Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above|
|Level 2:||Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above|
|Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent:||Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)|
|Level 3 A Levels:||Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths|
|Level 4/5:||A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points|
|Specific Course Requirements:||Standard Level 2 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths|
*All applicants will be invited in for interview.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).
In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.
General Info (materials required for the course)
We would ask you to be prepared to pay for materials and trips at enrolment. The fee is currently £50 to cover trips during the year.