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About the course

This is a full-time course over one year. 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 L3 or into industry. You will work in our dedicated Creative Industries Centre and have access to specialist equipment.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades 2 - 3 or equivalent and minimum Level 1 diagnostic in Maths and English.

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. 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 2 Diploma in Games Design/Development can progress onto our Level 3 course options:

  • UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Media Games Design and Development
  • UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production Technology
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma and or Extended in IT

Employment/apprenticeships 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.

Core modules

The Diploma is made upon the accumulation of 96 credits from the units studied. These units may include: 

  • Introduction to creative media methods and skills in games design/development
  • Introduction to production techniques in games design/development
  • Understanding an audience in a games design/development production
  • Contextual research for games design/development
  • Exploring audio production and technology in games design/development
  • Exploring visual production and technology in games design/development
  • Exploring interactive media production and technology in games design/development
  • Personal project and presentation in a games design/development production

How will I be assessed?

All assessment is by single submission of coursework. 

Will I have to provide anything?

Stationery, memory stick or hard drive.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.