• Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    22 September 2020 to 10 June 2022

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer: HNC/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. Some of the teaching staff continue to work freelance in the industry in order to provide you with the most up to date skills. 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 games labs as well as seminars which cover the contextual underpinning which will inform your practical work. Expect approximately 25% of your lessons to be focused on theoretical understanding.

Students are timetabled for approximately 2 full days per week. Some lessons may be timetabled in the evening in order to provide greater flexibility for those students who work part-time. We expect students to be devoting 2 days of their week to completing work outside of lessons, whether this be in college using the software or at home. All of our HNC/HND students have access to our games labs and can drop in at any time.

The course uses a range of software including Unity, Unreal, Maya, 3DCoat and Photoshop.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Mandatory Units

  • Individual Project (set by exam board)
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Game Development Practices
  • Games in Context
  • Game Design
  • Collaborative Project (set by exam board)
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Game Development Studies

Specialist Units:

  • Principles of Animation
  • Principles of user experience and user interface design
  • Advanced Animation
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Scripting for Games
  • Environment and Level Design

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 practical assessments which include the theoretical contextual underpinning, along with evidence of reflective evaluative commentary on the practical work produced.

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.

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[4-5] 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.

General Info (materials required for the course)

For more information please call us on 0300 123 2344.

Course fee information


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