Creative Media Production (Game Development) — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

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Course information

The Higher National Diploma course is a top up year created to give HNC
students the opportunity to study further at Level 5. This year focuses on
building and developing students’ ability to carry out work at close to degree
level. Students are exposed to projects that demand higher levels of analysis
and response and are encouraged to collaborate with other HE students and
courses as part of their studies. The HND widens students' understanding of the
context within which games can operate, function and thrive. You will learn
about coding via units in such as Scripting for Games, Advanced Game Development
Studies, Advanced Rendering and Visualisation, Advanced Animation and Emerging
Technologies as part of your studies. The course will enhance your personal
professional development, giving you the opportunity to leave the course with a
high quality digital portfolio and a strong set of employable skills. 

Students benefit from acces to:

  • High specification 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

  • Predominantly practical, computer based delivery of modules

  • A highly focused course for an exciting, dynamic and ever growing

Skills and Knowledge Developed: This course gives students a choice of ‘fast
tracking’ into a career in Level Design with a view to applying for a top-up
degree qualification following completion of the course. This course aims to
equip students with the creative and technical skills, experience and expertise
to challenge for studio positions in a competitive market. Industry standard
software and skills will be taught throughout the course with a strong emphasis
on ‘live’ projects, national competitions, freelance skills, game jam events and
collaborations with local industry.

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). Show reels
can be found at

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HND Creative Media Production Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Creative Media Production (Game Development)

This course leads to...

The course is designed to equip students with the skills to apply for level design jobs in the industry.

Successful students from this programme can also apply to either the second or final year of a degree, depending on the university applied to, but are also guaranteed access to our own (single year) BA Top Up Degree in Games Design. Freelance work or also working for agencies online is another route to employment/income graduates from this programme could follow.

Entry Requirements

• Completed HNC in Game Development or equivalent Level 4 certificate of higher education
We 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: 157923

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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