Creative Media Production (Game Development) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

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 you will learn about yourself 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. You will be introduced to a wide variety of industry standard software
via tutor-led workshops, lectures, and seminars and will develop your 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. We encourage students 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 you wish to further your
studies at Higher National Diploma Top Up and possibly higher on our BA (Hons)
Top Up Degree in Games Design.

Here at the College we will give you a challenging academic environment that
is focused on developing skills focused on the current industry

  • 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, including 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

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.

Special Features: Within the scheme, there will be opportunity for the
learners 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).

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 Development, 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

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Course ID: 158612

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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