Awarding Body: UAL
Qualifications on offer: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production (Games Design)
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 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:
- 3D Modelling
- 3D Environments
- Digital Games Production
- Concept art for computer games
- Games testing
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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:
- 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
Progression routes include:
- TV or film
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 3 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 9-4 (A*-C).
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.
You may be asked to bring a piece of written work to the interview.
General Info (materials required for the course)
You will be asked to pay for materials and trips at enrolment. The fee is currently £50 to cover trips and £175 for a basic kit which includes 1 TB external hard-drive, 16gb SD card, Course handbook, card reader, headphones and the use of an online portfolio for storing your work.