In the UK, the gaming industry is worth over GBP5 billion to the economy, with more than 2000 firms, of all sizes, designing and developing games. In the past two years, more than 10000 new video games were released, and every single one of them had at least one designer - this job involves creating the looks, the rules and background story, and the critical structures to the game. As newer technologies are developed, more designers are needed to use these tools in bringing creativity to life on screen.
Is this course right for me?
Do you have a passion for creating characters, images, and environments? Do you enjoy gaming for the grand designs in AAA titles, the rich story-telling in epic RPGs, or the hand-crafted simplicity of small mobile projects?
The course starts by considering theory linked to a range of media from different sectors to explore how meaning, messages and values are constructed through formal and stylistic elements. Initial units will look to develop your planning skills, as well as to allow you to gain more insight into requirements such as finance, logistics and regulations for a media project.
You will look to create a pre-production portfolio which will be fully researched and presents ideas on how you would look to plan the delivery of a digital game, including the initial scripts and storyboards. The course also explores the web production lifecycle, conventions to produce a website and asset preparation to add interactivity to your site. There will be opportunities to work to client briefs to demonstrate technical and creative skills in the production of a complete project.
On this course, you will take part in lively discussions about new gaming technology, media campaigns and review the latest developments within the sector as they are released. The department organises trips and talks, for example, this year we visited EGX to look at the new games which have been showcased as well as the indie and retro developments. We have also visited Teesside University to learn more about progressive web apps and develop rapid prototyping skills within storyboarding.
This course usually takes place over three days per week for two years. You will be studying for a Level 3 BTEC in Creative Digital Media Production. The two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*).
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (or C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. However, students will still have to achieve the stated Entry Requirements before they start the course.
Assessment on the course is in a variety of forms, including externally set supervised assessments and on-screen examination, as well as portfolio-based assignment work.
Five GCSEs Grade 4 or above, including English & Maths.
If you have not studied GCSE Art or GCSE Graphic Products, you would need to bring a sample of your own artistic work or drawings with you, for the interview.
NB: Enrolment on this course is dependent on meeting the Entry Requirements stated above.
After Your Course
This course leads to employment with the sector or HE. You could potentially move to a career in Level Design, Programming, Game Design or a HE course linked to Games Development.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.