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L3 Creative Computer Games Design

Full-time L3 Creative Computer Games Design Level 3 | Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

This course provides you with an excellent route to enter a career in computer games, or 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 with industr...

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AvailabilityAll Full-time Further Education courses commence in September each year. If you can't find what you're looking for or require further assistance, please contact our Admission team 01453 761165 or email admissions@sgscol.ac.uk

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September 2020Stroud Campus3Apply Online
September 2020Filton Campus3Apply Online

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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 an excellent route to enter a career in computer games, or 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 with industry-standard software tools, such as Maya and 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 fully playable games. You will study essential skills units and explore specialised projects designed to support your chosen career path, including: • 3D modelling and animation • Concept art techniques • Character and environment design • Level design • Sound effects and Foley • Game music composition • Games programming • Distribution for desktop and Android devices • Virtual reality • Context and representation • Gameplay, audiences and accessibility • Games testing Additional benefits: • Concurrent maths and English study for those without qualifications at grade 4 • Work experience in relevant skills • Social games enrichment • Excellent trips such as EGX Eurogamer and Rezzed • Strong pipeline to study at prestigious universities

What do I need to join?

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (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 will I know how I am doing?

Learners receive ongoing 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 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

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.

Work Experience

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 can I do next?

Learners can choose to stay with SGS and apply to our FdSc in Games Design at Filton Campus. For learners who excel, self-employment as a developer is an option. More commonly, learners go on to study 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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Course information last updated: Tuesday 12th November 2019 @ 10.50am (5 days ago)

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