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Creative Media Production (Game Development) Higher National Certificate & Diploma

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English & Maths grade C or 4/5
  • Relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC, UAL, A Level, Access to HE Diploma etc.
  • 64 UCAS tarrif points
  • Mature students may have commensurate work/business /industry related experience that may be considered

Credit Transfer

Transfer of credit from another qualification is considered on a individual basis and will require an interview.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is aimed at those who work or 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.

About the course

HNC/HND Computer Game Design is designed for those who wish to become animators, modellers or developers in the Games Industry and want to develop a wide range of skills on a nationally-recognised Level 4/ Level 5 qualification. During this course, you will develop the skills needed for game content and concept development.

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.

The UK games industry grew 12.4% to a record £5.11 billion in 2017 (UKIE), suggesting that demand for talent will only increase as it continues to grow.

March 2018 - Mayor of London commits a further investment to Games London in an attempt to make London the 'Games Capital of the World'.

As of April 2018, there are 613 games studios based in London alone, with over 2,000 nation-wide. With the growth of the industry and number of game studios over the coming years, there will be plenty of jobs in the sector.

The UK gaming industry employs 16,000 full time staff plus a lot of freelancers. 25% of these are non-UK citizens (mainly EU). There are lots of vacancies in the UK games industry and UKIE (The Association for UK Interactive Entertaintment) estimate that there are over 1,500 vacancies in the UK in total.

Anecdotal evidence from games companies says they are struggling to fill these positions due to lack of skills, not enough good UK graduates and not enough overseas workers looking at the UK since Brexit. This provides a great opportunity for young people to find work in the sector if suitably qualified.

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.

Core modules


Module Level Credit
Mandatory Core Units    
1. Individual Project (Pearson Set) 4 15
2. Creative Media Industry 4
3. Professional Practice 4 15
20. 3D Modelling (from Visual Effects pathway) 4 15
21. Game Development Practices - 15 Credits 4 15
22. Games in Context 4 15
23. Game Design 4 15
31. Art Development - 15 Credits 4 15
Mandatory Specialist Units  
9. Practical Skills for Computer Game Design 4
14. Computer Games Studies 4
75. Computer Game Design Techniques 5
Specialist Units    
48. Computer Game Platform Fundamentals 5 15
51. Computer Game Storytelling Techniques 5 15
52. Ideas Generation for Computer Games 5 15


 Mandatory Core Units    
36. Collaborative Project (Pearson Set) 5 15
37. Personal Professional Development 5 15
44. Advanced Game Development Studies 5 30
48. Mobile Game Development 5 15
61. Advanced 3D Modelling 5 15
65. Marketing and Promotion 5 15
75. Environment and Level Design 5 15
 Mandatory Specialist Units    
 18. Career Development for the Computer Games Industry 5 15
 Specialist Units    
 74. Production Techniques for Computer Games 5 15
 76. Level Design for Computer Games 5 15
77. Scripting for Computer Game Design 5 15
78. Quality Assurance for Computer Games 5 15
80. Work Experience in the Creative Media Sector 5 15

*These modules may be subject to change

How much does it cost?

£5,500 per year with an inflationary rise if you proceed to the HND.
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.

Included in the fee:

  • £10 free printing per year
  • All tuition and assessment

Not included in the fee:

  • Printing over £10
  • Cost of trips
  • Cost of residential visits
  • Basic stationery

*There may be additional costs for this course


The timetable should be available a month prior to commencement.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work. Assessment methods will vary for each unit but will be a range of:

  • Written assessment
  • Mind Mapping
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Practical assessments
  • Action research

Assessment & Feedback

The awarding body for this qualification is Pearson (Pearson/BTEC). All assessment is internal, and there are no external examinations for this qualification.

Each qualification is assessed with either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The % of teaching and learning for the HNC that is:

  • Coursework/written – HNC 50%
    Practical- HNC 50%
    Work based learning HNC 0%

The % of teaching and learning for the HND that is:

  • Coursework/written –HND 46%
  • Practical- HND 48%
  • Work based learning HND 6%

The % type of planned learning:

  • 50% planned hours face-to-face,
  • 50% independent study.

Assessment % how much is:

  • Final assessment end loaded 0%
  • continuous in-year assessment from portfolio and practical assessments – 100%

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