Level 2 Award/Diploma Creative Computer Games Design
Full time course
Our level 2 course explores the exciting, expansive and rapidly changing world of computer games design. As a student, you will cover a broad range of subjects so as to give you a grounding in the core skills needed to work in this sector and to then take you forward with your chosen profession.
The end of course project is designed to simulate the pressures and excitement of working as a professional games designer. We aim to simulate the atmosphere and expectations that a learner will find when they leave us and find employment in the working world.
What will I study?
On the course, you will be taken through a process in which you learn about the computer games industry, the audiences and products of the sector, and how to create simple computer games. Units that you will study include:
Research and development techniques
Production and development of concept and digital art
3D modelling and animation
Audio production and editing
Fundamentals of programming
Design and develop your own 2D computer games.
Maths & English
A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths. Therefore, learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their main course.
Employability qualifications may be offered if applicable.
The UK has the biggest developer base in Europe. Video games are more popular than ever before, played by people of all ages. Learners on the level 2 programme will develop skills in communication, presentation and writing as well as teamwork and creative thinking, in addition to the skills relating to specific aspects of study e.g. 3D modelling, animation, concept art, digital graphics, etc.
The end of course project is designed to simulate the pressures and excitement of working as a professional games designer. We aim to simulate as closely as possible the atmosphere and expectations that a learner will find when they leave us and find employment in the working world.
What do I need to join?
Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, with English and maths being desirable or a relevant Level 1 qualification. We also expect to see a portfolio of art or games design ideas at your interview and you may be asked to write a short review of a computer game that you have played.
How long is the course?
1 year, requiring up to 4 days a week at college. You also need to be prepared to undertake independent study.
How will I learn?
Work is based around creative projects and written tasks with support and guidance from tutors. There will be presentations, group work, industry visits and talks from visiting lecturers. This course will build confidence, interpersonal skills and team building in an atmosphere of mutual support and challenge.
How will I know how I am doing?
Learners receive feedback on all their work via our online virtual learning environment and through one- to-one tutorials. They also have tangible experience of completing computer games, which are then played and receive feedback from the public at the end of year show.
Are there any extra costs?
Material fees, educational visits and trips. Financial support is available in certain circumstances.
What can I do next?
Successful leaners can progress to study level 3 Computer Games Design or onto other courses at Level 3. Some more successful learners may find entry level employment in the industry.
What are my career options?
Learners may ultimately wish to pursue careers in games design. The course is also a good grounding for all kinds of multimedia and media career paths. Communication, confidence, creative thinking and teamwork are all skills developed on the course that are transferable to a broad range of employment opportunities.
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