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Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design) HNC/D

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About the course

The BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate/Diploma is aimed at people who work or who wish to work in the Games/Animation industry. The course focuses upon the creative art elements considered fundamental to successful performance in a vocational games industry context, and for employment in the exciting world of games art animation and visual effects.

NOTE: A minimum number of 12 enrolments are required for this course to run.

Entry requirements

To begin this course, you will need one of the following:

  • UCAS tariff of 48 point or higher
  • 1 or more A Levels in a relevant subject (Media, IT, Computing, Graphics)
  • BTEC/UAL Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject (Media, IT, Computing, Graphics)
  • NVQ Level 3
  • VRQ Level 3
  • Completion of a recognised Access programme containing elements of study in relevant subjects. Mature entrants can apply with no formal qualifications but must demonstrate appropriate experience, motivation and personal qualities with a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience and completion of a formal assignment to assess academic capacity.

How much does it cost?

£5,500 per year with an inflationary rise if you proceed to the HND.
If you are over 19 you may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.

The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.

*There may be additional costs for this course

Awarding Body

Pearson BTEC

Why study?

This is a full-time course over one year HNC and two year for HND. A range of assessment methods including assignments, presentations to industry professionals, course work and live briefs. These will aim to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to specific creative activities in games art application and in the creation of your own professional portfolio. The dedicated professional lecturing team offer industry will offer training in a wide range of practical and theoretical areas to ensure you are well prepared for progression onto higher education or into industry. You will work in our dedicated Creative Industries Centre and have access to specialist equipment.

Where will this course take me?

Those who achieve the Level 4 HNC in Computer Game Animation can progress onto the second year of a HND, after which they can 'top-up' to a full Degree at a University in Computer Game Animation or other relevant subject. This involves an application to a University of your choosing, and it not automatic. Employment in the games/media sector is also an option.

For an employer, candidates will have a range of digital animation and games design skills. They will be able to demonstrate technical skills including 3D modelling, 2D/3D animation, Games obtained by using a range of software such as, Adobe Creative Suite (Master Collection), Maya 3D, Unity, Unreal, Blender and Games Salad.

Core modules

The HNC Diploma is made upon the accumulation of 120 credits from the units studied. These units may include:

  • Contextual studies • Research techniques
  • Practical Skills for Computer Game Animation
  • Computer Games Studies
  • Drawing Techniques for Computer Game Concept Art
  • 2D Digital Graphic for Computer Games
  • 2D Digital Animation for Computer Games
  • Computer Games Platforms Fundamentals
  • 3D Computer Game Engines. The HND second year Diploma is made on the total accumulation of 240 credits from the units studied. These units may include:
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media Production
  • Career Development for the computer Games Industry
  • 3D Modelling for computer game s
  • 3D Environments for computer Games
  • 3D Animation for Computer Games
  • 3D Character Animation for Computer Games
  • Work Experience in the Creative Media sector

*These modules may be subject to change

How will I be assessed?

All assessment is by single submission of coursework.

All lectures and seminars will be delivered in our Mac & PC Studios/iHub where you will have full access to the latest software. You will complete a number of creative projects in addition to reports and essays.

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