The Higher National Diploma 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 the students' understanding of the context within which games can operate, function and thrive. Students will learn about coding via units in Scripting for Games, Advanced Game Development Studies, Advanced Rendering and Visualisation, Advanced Animation and Emerging Technologies as part of their studies. These studies will enhance personal professional development, giving students the opportunity to leave the course with a high quality digital portfolio and a strong set of employable skills.
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.
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.
Higher National 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.
• 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.
Why study with us?
Within the scheme there will be opportunity for 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). Apply Now »
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