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This course is designed to give a technical understanding of the digital games industry. There will be opportunities to develop digital games through practical projects in areas such as concept art, 2D animation, 3D environments and coding for web-based games.
This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years. The two-year course is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*) or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction).
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these essential qualifications at a level suited to them.
The course starts by considering theory linked to a range of media from different sectors to explore how meaning, messages and values are constructed through formal and stylistic elements. Initial units will look to develop your planning skills, as well as to allow you to gain more insight into requirements such as finance, logistics and regulations for a media project. You will look to create a pre-production portfolio which will be thoroughly researched and presents ideas on how you would look to plan the delivery of a digital game, including the initial scripts and storyboards. The course also explores the web production lifecycle, conventions to produce a website and asset preparation to add interactivity to your site. There will be opportunities to work to client briefs to demonstrate technical and creative skills in the production of a complete project.
On this course, you will take part in lively discussions about new gaming technology, media campaigns and review the latest developments within the sector as they are released. The department organises trips and talks, for example, this year we visited EGX to look at the new games which have been showcased as well as the indie and retro developments. We have also visited Teesside University to learn more about progressive web apps and develop rapid prototyping skills within storyboarding.
Assessment on the course is in a variety of forms, including externally set supervised assessments and on-screen examination, as well as portfolio-based assignment work.
This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.
How will I be assessed?
This course leads to employment with the sector or HE. You could potentially move to a career in Level Design, Programming, Game Design or an HE course linked to Games Development.
You will need 5 GCSEs Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent, e.g. Level 2 Diploma in Information Technology, including Maths and English. You will also need either a GCSE at 5 in Art or a suitable Art portfolio to bring to an interview.
Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on firstname.lastname@example.org for details. More about Student Finance.