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Overview

The games industry is now worth more to the UK economy than video and music combined.

If you are interested in games development, animation and visual effects, but are not quite ready to study a Level 3 course, then this is the ideal foundation programme for you to develop those skills and get a taste of what this exciting industry is all about.

Read about Jonathan, 18 year old Animation, Visual Effects and Games student experience: https://www.sccb.ac.uk/latest-news/item/672-i-ve-always-known-that-i-wanted-to-study-gaming

‘Students studying games art use industry-standard software and develop appropriate technical skills to create a 3D treasure chest for an online game.’ Ofsted, 2018

Course description

You will learn to use the basic tools of digital graphics software, analyse and compare computer and video games and understand digital video editing and animation.

This is a 2 year course, which will help develop a range of important industry-relevant skills, techniques and understanding, required to progress in the creative media industry and for the production of games. This course will guide you through all the stages of games production including researching, comparing and analysing current games, story writing, character and design level design, through to 2D and 3D animation, 3D modelling and games engines. You will also find out about the jobs and career paths within the industry.

You will learn in the heart of Birmingham’s creative district of Digbeth and have the chance to get involved in exciting projects and work experience opportunities both within the college and for external organisations.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to be delivered online as much as possible.

What areas will I study?

  • Digital games production
  • Animation for digital media
  • Digital testing
  • 3D modelling
  • Digital games production
  • Digital graphics
  • English and maths

Assessment: You will be assessed internally and externally

Student Comments

“I would recommend the college to everyone, the tutors and facilities are great. I’ve really enjoyed my first year and am really looking forward to returning to complete my second year.” Chloe Tong, Level 3 Animation, Visual Effects and Games

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September | 2020/21 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 September | 2020/21 £1000.00 1 Academic Year(s) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ September | 2020/21 Please contact the college for fee information 1 Academic Year(s) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.