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L2 IT & Computer Games Design

Full-time L2 IT & Computer Games Design Level 2 | Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

This course provides you with a strong entry point to pursue a career in computer games, or a route into any number of media pathways such as animation, VFX, architectural visualisation, programming or music and sound effects for TV. You will use state-of-the-art technology to get a firm grounding i...

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16-18

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.

19-23

If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, then you may be entitled to a Legal Entitlement to cover the cost of your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (English or Maths Course etc.)

If you are 19 or over and taking an English or Maths course up to an including Level 2, and have not previously achieved a GCSE Grade A* to C or grade 4 or higher, then you may be entitled to a Legal Entitlement to cover the cost of your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (Level 2 Course or Below etc.)

If you are aged 19 or over and studying a level 2 course or below, you may be entitled to a Low Income/Benefit Waiver. If awarded, this Waiver will cover your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (Level 3 Course or Above etc.)

If you are aged 19 or over and studying on a level 3 course or above, and the Level 3 Legal Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may however be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the tuition fees.

Please make arrangements to pay your course fee costs at the time of enrolment. Payment is due prior to the start of your course. The option to pay via an instalment plan is available if required. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date course fees – these may be subject to change.

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Summary

This course provides you with a strong entry point to pursue a career in computer games, or a route into any number of media pathways such as animation, VFX, architectural visualisation, programming or music and sound effects for TV. You will use state-of-the-art technology to get a firm grounding in essential skills for study and practice in games and digital media, and industry-standard software such as Unreal Engine 4. Then you will expand and deepen your experience into your own area of interest, ultimately creating a specialised portfolio and showreel or collaborating with other specialists to make a fully playable game. You will study essential skills units and explore specialised projects designed to support your chosen career path, including: • Pixel art techniques • Character and environment design • Animation • Level design • Sound effects and Foley • Distribution for desktop and Android devices • Gameplay, audiences and accessibility • Games testing With specialist options for: • 3D modelling • Game music • Concept art techniques • Games programming Additional benefits: • Work experience in relevant skills • Social games enrichment • Excellent trips such as EGX Eurogamer and Rezzed • Strong pipeline to continue study at Level 3

What do I need to join?

4 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 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, in-person 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.

Maths & English

A key requirement for obtaining many jobs is to achieve a good standard of English and maths. Therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or functional skills programmes alongside their main course.

Employability

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, audio, animation, concept art, digital graphics, etc.

Work Experience

The final 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 can I do next?

Successful learners can progress onto studying Level 3 Computer Games Design or 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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Course information last updated: Tuesday 12th November 2019 @ 10.50am (5 days ago)

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