Media
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    10 September 2018 to 21 June 2019
    UCAS Code
    I620
    Ref
    18/19LHNDGAMEDFB12

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer: 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.

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.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Specialist Units:

  • 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

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:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through regular and continuous:

  • assessments of assignments
  • projects
  • commissions

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in working in the games design industry or want to study the subject to a higher level and wish to gain a Level 4/5 qualification in Games Design.

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.

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

Level Entry Requirements
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 4/5 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C); applicants should be aged 18 or over

*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 9-4 (A*-C).

We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications

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).

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience through Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a level of interest and/or experience in the subject.

General Info (materials required for the course)

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.

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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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