Summary of course

Our 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 PC suites which will give you the best possible start.

You will have the opportunity to design your own game prototypes, as well as study how games work as a product or format. You will research key players in the games design industry who will inspire you when it is your time to pitch your own ideas. 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.

Although games design is at the core of what you will cover on this pathway, you will also be introduced to the theoretical background of the industry and its place within the creative arts through our compulsory research and planning units.

The course covers: the games industry, games design, games production, 3D animation, 3D modelling, games sound design and concept art/observational drawing and uses a range of creative software including Unity, 3DSMax, MAYA and AfterEffects.

Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions in our impressive Mac suites with industry standard software. Classroom-based theory sessions are supported by IT and computer-based research and educational visits to industry trade fairs and other games industry-related events. There will also be the opportunity to get a better understanding of the world of work through work experience opportunities, where possible.

And after studying the new Level 3 Games Design at Northampton College you will have the opportunity to further your aspirations by progression on to university or into the work place with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make your mark in the games design world.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Specialist Units:

  • Introduction to media processes and technical skills
  • Introduction to design and research skills in creative media production
  • Introduction to professional practice in creative media production
  • Critical and contextual awareness in creative media production
  • Investigating audio production and technology
  • Investigating visual production and technology
  • Investigating interactive production and technology
  • Characteristics and contexts in creative media production
  • Engaging with an audience in creative media production
  • Preparing for progression in creative media production
  • Specialist study in creative media production All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

This course is assessed through:

  • practical assignments, internally assessed
  • written assignments, internally assessed

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in working in the games design industry or progressing to a higher level (HND and/or degree level) and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Games Design.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Due to the competitive nature of this field, the majority of students studying games design progress on to University to specialise within their chosen field. Following obtaining a degree or HND, students can move in to the following roles: Concept Artist, Programmer, Environment Artist and Animators.

Entry Requirements for new students

Four GCSEs at Grade 4-5 [C] or above including English Language/Literature and Maths, or a Level 2 Diploma in Media/Games Design with English Language and Maths (GCSEs at Grade 3 [D] or Functional Skills Level 1)

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You may be asked to bring a piece of written work to the interview.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will be required to obtain kit for your course prior to enrolment which will be essential for completing projects on the course. We will send you specific details of what needs to be purchased by post prior to enrolment. The cost for the kit will be approximately £150. In addition, we request a fee of £50 at enrolment to cover the trips you complete on the course.

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Josh Webb

Josh Webb

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