This HNC in Game Development focuses primarily on developing students’ understanding of the creative media industries, the professional practices relevant to the field of games development, games in context and general aspects of game design workflows as well as the technical and creative processes that go into making games. During this fast paced year students learn about themselves by undertaking and managing an individual project. Other units are taught including the principles of 2D and 3D animation, 3D modelling and also art development skills. Students are introduced to a wide variety of industry-standard software via tutor-led workshops, lectures, and seminars and will develop critical thinking skills in group critiques and presentations. Alongside this, all students are directed to set up and maintain detailed coursework unit development blogs; skills in written English are therefore crucial to be successful. They are also encouraged to get involved in UE4 Game Jam events, as well as other competitions outside of studio time. These experiences will develop your intrapersonal skills, group work, collaboration and entrepreneurial skills, as well as being fun and challenging. In summary, this qualification provides a thorough grounding on which to build should students wish to further their studies at Higher National Diploma Top-Up and possibly progress to the BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Games Design offered at the College.
Here at the College we offer students a challenging academic environment that is focused on developing skills based on the current industry practices:
- High specification Dual Screen i7 PCs, 1080 Graphics cards, 32 GB RAM
- A full suite of Cintiq 27inch UHD Interactive Pen Displays
- Course designed and developed focusing on the current industry (working) pipelines. Maya, ZBrush, Substance suite, Adobe CC suite
- Predominantly practical, computer-based delivery of modules
- A highly focused course for an exciting, dynamic and ever growing industry
Skills and Knowledge Developed: This course aims to equip students with the creative and technical skills, experience and expertise to challenge for studio positions in a competitive market, or to consider options for their own start-ups locally. Industry standard software and skills will be taught throughout the course with a strong emphasis on ‘live’ projects, national competitions, freelance skills and collaboration.
The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:
HNC Creative Media Production (Game Development) Programme Handbook (19-20)
Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.
Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Production (Game Development)
This course leads to...
The course is designed to equip students with the skills to apply for junior roles in the industry. Successful students may wish to progress to our HND Top Up year, with a view to continuing onto our BA Top Up in Game Design and Concept Art, or to university for the final years of a degree programme. Freelance work or working for agencies online is another route to employment/income graduates from this programme could follow.
A BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or higher.
UAL Extended Diploma at M Grade, or equivalent A-levels.
We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend one of our interview workshops. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, we will view your work online. Telephone based interviews can also be arranged, if required.
Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.
Why study with us?
Within the scheme, there will be opportunity for the students to attain a level of professional practice by liaising with and collaborating with local industry. Strong links to the creative industries will facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a design team. Learning is supported through a series of contextual visits in London and Paris, Barcelona or Berlin (TBC). Apply Now »
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