Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Computer Games Design
Full time course
The computer games industry is one of the largest in the global creative sector with exceptional job opportunities, and Britain is a market leader in this field. Whether it's because you want to get into the games industry or into a computer generated arts career path, this UAL Level 3 qualification is the one for you. The computer games industry employs people with skills in computer-based animation and art and special effects, and this course will give you a grounding in the core skills to take you forward with your chosen profession. Instead of just buying games, start making a career in something that you enjoy doing!
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?
You will learn a combination of multimedia skills including: Year 1: Concept and digital art, 3D modelling and animation, 2D games design and production, Audio production and editing, Computer games history, Computer games industry, Contextual studies, Fundamentals of programming. Year 2: 3D environments, 3D games design and production, UI design, Programming for computer games, Contextual studies, Narrative for computer games, Audio production & editing, Marketing and advertising, Entering industry or HE.
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.
Learners will develop skills in communication, presentation and writing through pitching and presenting work as well as the key production skills for making video games. They will produce a portfolio throughout the course, and are encouraged to present it to professional games designers for feedback at industry exhibitions.
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?
Five GCSEs grade 4 (grade C) or above, or a relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or above. As this is a creative course, we would also like to see a portfolio of creative work at interview.
How long is the course?
2 years, 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 will 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 a foreign trip. Financial support is available in certain circumstances.
What can I do next?
For learners who excel, self-employment as a developer is an option. More commonly, learners go on to foundation degree courses, level 4 HBD programmes or university courses in subjects such as games design, programming, graphic design, visual effects, animation, art, etc.
What are my career options?
Learners normally wish to pursue careers in games design after taking this programme, typically by entering into a role suited to one of their core skills. In addition, the course is also a good grounding for many multimedia, art and IT based careers,including programming, illustration, graphic design, animation, concept art, audio production, etc.
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