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This course is designed to provide the key concepts required in the video games industry through theoretical and practical course work, which is supported with additional practical skills development to enable you to develop a range of knowledge and skills. You will also find and develop your primary interest and prepare a portfolio for future employment or freelance opportunities.


The course covers all aspects of the games development process, including character and level design, music, sound, storytelling and scripting. You will also explore games analysis and you will become confident in the use of relevant software and development tools. You will create games with and without coding which will allow you to focus on your specific career needs.

You will learn a wide range of skills which leads to the creation of a final publishable game to start you on your journey as an independent developer or to use as part of a portfolio for further development or employment. This course will also help to develop your social skills, that will assist you in becoming a successful independent developer or help you to integrate into a large team with a chosen specialism.

Key Areas

  • Practical skills for computer game design
  • Create games without coding
  • Computer games studies
  • 3D computer game engines
  • Sound for computer games
  • Level Design
  • 3D modelling for computer games
  • 3D animation for computer games
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Scripting for computer game design
  • Career development within the computer games industry
  • 3D environments for computer games
  • Story telling

Entry Criteria

You will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences.

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points which may be gained from the following qualifications:

  • Two A Levels
  • One A Level plus an AS Level pass in an appropriate subject
  • BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • BTEC National Certificate
  • Level 3 Diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Certificate of Education
  • A recognised (Kite marked) Access course
  • Other relevant international qualifications

Alternatively, if you have significant relevant work experience or other professional qualifications you may be eligible for the course. Contact the College who will be able to advise and discuss your suitability for the course.

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What Next

You could progress on to the final year of a university degree programme in games design in order to obtain a full honours degree. Alternatively, the course provides you with improved employment prospects.

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