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Want to step in to one of Britain's fastest growing industries? Our programme in Games Design will provide you with an opportunity to begin your journey to become one of the next generation of game designers. Using industry software and hardware in our purpose built PC suites, the course 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, games engine development, 3D modelling 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.

  • What will I study?

    Specialist Units:

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    • Introduction to creative media methods and skills
    • Introduction to production techniques in creative media
    • Understanding an audience in creative media production
    • Contextual research for creative media production
    • Exploring audio production and technology
    • Exploring visual production and technology
    • Exploring interactive media production and technology
    • Personal project and presentation in creative media production

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • 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.

  • How is the course assessed?

    This course is assessed through internal assessment through submission of coursework via google classroom.

  • 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 4 (C) 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.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • Different audiences needs and how to produce content which meets those needs

    • Media language to understand how messages are communicated to an audience

    • A range of pre-production processes with consideration of the impact that these pre-production decisions can have on the quality of the final product.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Utilise a range of software and hardware to produce Media content in line with industry conventions
    • Apply rigorous primary and secondary research skills to The development of products
    • Critically evaluate research sources as well as production Work in order to make Effective improvements to completed products.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Develop positive working relationships with others in order to produce industry standard content

    • Build resilience by responding positively to feedback from staff and peers and implement this feedback to make improvements to work produced

    • Productivity - organises work effectively and achieves required results within deadlines, demonstrating the drive and energy to get things done in pressurised situations and escalating appropriately when necessary.
  • General info

    Students will be expected to purchase some basic equipment relevant to the course. This will be conveyed to them in the form of a kit list, sent via email during the summer before they enrol.

    There may be opportunities to go on trips throughout the year, the cost of these will be discussed with students ahead of time.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After studying the new Level 2 Games Design course at Northampton College you will have the opportunity to further your aspirations by progressing on to our Level 3 Games Design or Animation programme.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Four GCSEs at Grade 3 [D] including English Language or Literature and Maths, or an appropriate Level 1 programme with Functional Skills English and Maths at Entry 3

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet our tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply.

    These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teachers, state-of-the-art faclities, award-winning library and places to eat.

    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.