This course is designed to provide the key concepts of the functional design of games through theoretical and practical coursework. It is supported with additional practical skills development to enable you to develop your creative abilities as well as your awareness of game design theories and practices. You will also find and develop your primary interest whether that’s 3D modelling, games design or level design, and prepare a portfolio for future employment or freelance and independent opportunities.
The course covers the key aspects of the games development process, including 3D modelling, character design, animation, introduction to scripting, level design and more.
You will explore games analysis and 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 lead to the creation of a final publishable game. This could start you on your journey as an independent developer, be used as part of a portfolio for further development or help you get into employment. This course will help you to develop social skills that will assist you in becoming a successful, independent developer or help you to integrate into a large team within a chosen specialism.
Key units studied include:
- Individual project
- Creative media industry
- 3D modelling
- Art development
- Level design
- Professional practice
- Game development practices
- Games in context
- Games design
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 one of the following qualifications:
- Two A Levels
- One A Level and 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 (Kitemarked) 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.
To find out more about UCAS points, please visit https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/ucas-undergraduate-entry-requirements
You could progress onto 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 in games design, game programming and game art.