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This is a full-time course over one year (Diploma) or two years (Extended Diploma). A range of assessment methods including assignments, presentations to industry professionals, coursework 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-standard training in a wide range of practical and theoretical areas to ensure you are well prepared for progression onto Level 3 or into industry. You will work in our dedicated Creative Industries Centre and have access to specialist equipment.

Entry requirements

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

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (Art and English preferred).
  • Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media at Merit or above.

You will be invited to interview and asked to bring a portfolio of work with you that must include a selection of your best art, web or any other design/development work that relates to the various elements of games design and development. 

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

Charge of £100 for the 1 year programme or £200 for the 2 Year programme. Fees cover the costs for gaming equipment, studios, Mac/PC editing software, exhibitions and compulsory trips. 

Who is it suitable for?

The qualification has been designed for those who have an interest in games design and/or development, who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. 

Awarding Body

UAL (University of the Arts London)

Why study?

You will study a range of practical and theory-based work including photography, animation, research, graphics and game development platforms, which will open doors to several areas for further study.

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?

Learners who achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Games Design/Development can progress onto the second year of the Extended Diploma in Games Design/Development.

Employment/apprenticeship in the games/media sector is also an option.

For an employer candidates would have a range of Digital Animation and Games Design skills. Having technical skills including, 2D/3D animation, Graphics, Web design/development, Games developed by using a range of software such as, Adobe Creative Suite (Master Collection), Maya 3D, Unity, Unreal, Apple Swift Playgrounds.

job roles this course could lead on to:

  • Animator (Games)
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Assistant Producer (Games)
  • Audio Engineer
  • Creative Director (Games)
  • DevOps Engineer
  • External Producer
  • Game Designer
  • Game Programmer
  • Games Artist
  • Lead Artist (Games)
  • Level Editor
  • QA Tester
  • Technical Artist (Games)
  • Lead Programmer (Games)
  • Web designer
  • Web developer

Core modules

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

  • Introduction to media processes and technical skills in games design/development
  • Introduction to design and research skills in games design/development
  • Introduction to professional practice in games design/development production
  • Critical and contextual awareness in games design/development
  • Investigating audio production and technology in games design/development
  • Investigating visual production and technology in games design/development
  • 7 Investigating interactive production and technology in games design/development
  • Developing a games design/development production project

The Extended Diploma second year is made upon the total accumulation of credits from the units studied. These units may include:

  • Characteristics and contexts in games design/development
  • Engaging with an audience in games design/development
  • Preparing for progression in games design/development
  • Specialist study in games design/development

Extended project in games design/development 

How will I be assessed?

All assessment is by single submission of coursework. 

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