• Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    4 September 2017 to 22 June 2018
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

HND Games Design

Summary of course

This course is an introduction to games design and animation and students will learn the processes involved in creating games as well as studying how the games design industry works. You will study key players in this exciting and evolving segment of the creative arts industry and you will get the chance to pitch your own ideas and create your own platform.

You will be taught by teachers with experience of the industry and by the end of the two year course you will have a range of skills that will prepare you for employment in the games industry or for progression to a higher level of study. The course will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the games industry and other creative industries.

Although games design is at the core of your studies, you will also be introduced to the theoretical background of the industry and its place within the creative arts through research and planning units.

The course covers:

  • Contextual studies for creative games/media production
  • Research techniques for creative games/media production
  • Games project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Special subject investigation for creative media production
  • Practical skills for computer game animation
  • Computer games studies
  • Computer game design techniques
  • Computer game platform fundamentals
  • 3D computer game engines
  • Music and sound for computer games
  • Computer game storytelling techniques
  • Ideas generation for computer games
  • Production techniques for computer games
  • Level design for computer games
  • Quality assurance for computer games
  • Work experience in the creative media sector

Delivery methods include practical workshop sessions in our impressive TV and sound studios, design studios and media editing suites. Classroom-based theory lessons are supported by IT and computer-based research, real-world media industry situations (including use of social media) and visits to industry trade fairs and other events. There will also be the opportunity to develop employability skills through work experience and sessions with professionals from the games design industry. Part-time study may be available for this course and these options will be discussed at your interview.

The course uses a range of software including CryEngine, MAYA and AfterEffects.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through regular and continuous assessments of assignments, projects and commissions.

Who is this course for?

Students who are aiming to work in the games design industry or to study the subject to a higher level.

Progression and Career Opportunities

At the end of the two year course you should have developed the skills and qualifications necessary to begin a career within the games sector or other similar, creative or technical industries. You may even want to be a freelancer. Alternatively, successful students can choose to continue their studies on the final year of a degree level qualification at relevant universities. Potential careers could include: 3D Artist, Character Designer/Animator, Game Developer/Programmer, Game Content Creator, Technical Artist, Animator, Facial Animator/Rigger, Motion Editor, Visual Effects Artists, 3D Modeller/Texturer, Cinematic Animator, Environment Artist, Level Designer, Architectural visualisation and many more.

Entry Requirements for new students

48 UCAS points which are equal to two D Grades or above at A Level, pass grades at BTEC Extended Diploma Level or MP at Level 3 Diploma, plus a C Grade in English and Mathematics GCSEs. Applicants will need to be able to show an interest in and application for the games design industry suitable for this level of study in their application forms and at interview.

Those who do not have English as their first language will need to provide NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points and will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Applicants should be 18 or above.

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience.

Interview Requirements

For more information please call us on 0300 123 2344.

Course fee information

The course fee is £6,000 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.


student success

Josh Webb

Josh Webb

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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