BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

Overview BA (Hons) Computer Games Design focuses on the creative, artistic, and technical aspects of games production, giving you the theoretical and practical skills to develop, produce and publish game titles. From the first day of the course until the last, you will be designing and making playable games.  Develop the real-world skills needed to create computer games for console, desktop and mobile platforms. You’ll work on real business briefs and learn from industry-experienced lecturers who have worked for Rebellion, Headstrong Games, 2K Games and Sony. You’ll design and develop games while pursuing an area that interests you, such as 3D modelling, level design, UX or animation. You’ll gain valuable experience working individually and in teams with games programmers and artists on small as well as large-scale game projects, including indie games for iOS and Android. You’ll learn in our new computing suites that are equipped with the latest hardware such as Sony and Nintendo development kits, Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, PlayStation VR, HoloLens, Motion Capture suite, Game consoles, 3D printers and robots. All our PCs run industry-standard software including Adobe CC, Autodesk 3DS Max, Z-Brush, Substance Painter, Unreal and Unity.  Course length: 3 years Start dates: January/April/August/September
  1. Games Designer
  2. Level Designer
  3. Games Artist
  4. Games Tester
  5. Indie Developer
  6. Mobile Designer.

 And more;

  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of prior certificated learning (i.e., Secondary School Diploma/Baccalaureate/Level 3 qualification) or relevant work experience
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of English language
  • An interview with the college is compulsory prior to student registration
  • Applicants must bring their original certificates when coming for registration 

YEAR 1

      1. 3D Level Design
      2. Games Design in Context
      3. Game Design Strategy and Process
      4. Interactivity for Games
      5. Introduction to 3D Modelling
      6. Visual Development

Year 2: 

      1. 3D Production
      2. Advanced Level Design
      3. Audio for Games Design
      4. Immersion and Atmosphere in Games
      5. Serious Game Design
      6. Team Production

Year 3:

      1. Creative Media Practice
      2. Interactive Media Experimentation
      3. Major Project: Computer Games Design
      4. Product, Pitch and Presentation
      5. Professional Development

Assessment

This course will provide you with a solid foundation in the key knowledge, understanding, and practical skills required for a career in graphic design. Throughout the course, there is a strong emphasis on creativity and practical work. You will be challenged to experiment with advanced art and design projects in a creative and thoughtful manner. You will create a portfolio of art and design work using both given and self-defined briefs. You will be able to experiment with various aspects of graphic design, such as digital imaging, corporate design, contextual referencing, typography, and idea generation techniques. You will also gain a critical understanding of the historical and professional issues that are relevant to graphic design practice. Lectures, seminars, and practical laboratory sessions will be used to teach you.

You will work in groups to simulate industry practice and improve your transferable skills. Individual and group projects, visual and oral presentations, and written assignments will be used to assess you.

Progression

Students who successfully complete the Level 5 HND will be able to apply to many universities in the UK to study for a full degree. This course is for anyone interested in honing their design skills to a professional level and preparing a portfolio for industry, or continuing their education with a top-up third year on an appropriate BA (hons) course

Self-Funding The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about. Government Funds – Student Finance England          If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. Tuition fee loans, to cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider. Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term. You won’t have to pay back the loan until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.  Students can still apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs.

HND Computer Game Animation

The HND Computer Game Animation allows students to enhance practical skills for developing computer games. This innovative course, derived from professional standards and principles, comprises media and game design modules. You will develop various creative and technical skills, including 3D modelling, 2D/3D animation, Games Design and Concept Art. This course will prepare you for a career in the Digital Animation and Games Design industries.

The HND Computer Game Animation is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in various sectors. This course will improve the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare the learners for employment in the commercial fields of Computer Game Animation and will be suitable for those who have already decided to enter this area of work.

What the HND Computer Game Animation course has for you

This HND Computer Game Animation course provides education and training in the theory and practice of Computer Game Animation as required for careers in computer games design, computer games development, 3D Design, and 2D & 3D Computer Animation. You will develop the skills required to take your creative ideas from the initial stages to the final product. You will use industry-standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite (Master Collection), Maya 3D, Unity and Games Salad.

This programme emphasises developing work-related skills alongside creative thinking within a games/coding context. You will have the opportunity to work on industry-led assignments to develop a professional creative identity.

Some adult learners may decide to make the commitment required by this qualification to begin a specialist career in this area of employment or progress into higher education. The programme will be mainly based on the artistic elements of game design, covering concept art, illustration, storyboarding, level design, digital sculpting, 3D computer modelling, texturing, light, rigging and animation. The course provides insight into the professional practice of game design through practical demonstration, research and theory-based study. 

Students are encouraged to explore a variety of sources and subjects that influence their development and experience a range of teaching methods such as formal lectures, team teaching, practical demonstrations and tutorials that further enhance their learning experience.

Course Length:  2 years;
Start dates:  January/April/August/September;

Careers in game design are stimulating and varied. Your course will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required to excel professionally or progress onto further, specialised study. Roles you will be able to fill once you graduate include Animation Designer, Junior Games Developer, Project Designer and Games Researcher.

  • Minimum Age: 18 years old;
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of prior certificated learning (e.g. Secondary School Diploma/Baccalaureate/Level 3 qualification) or relevant work experience;
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language;
  • An interview with the college is compulsory prior student registration.
  • Applicants must bring their original certificates when coming for registration;

Year 1:

  • Computer Game Studies
  • Research Techniques for Creative Media Production
  • Practical Skills for Computer Game Design
  • Drawing Techniques for Computer Game Concept Art
  • 2D Digital Graphics for Computer Games
  • 2D Digital Animation for Computer Games
  • 3D Modelling for Computer Games
  • Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production

Year 2

  • 3D Computer Game Engines
  • Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media Production
  • Career Development for the Computer Games Industry
  • 3D Environments for Computer Games
  • 3D Animation for Computer Games
  • 3D Character Animation for Computer Games
  • CGI Rendering and Lighting for Computer Games Animation
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

* The units can vary, depending on the optional modules which your institution will choose for the course structure

Assessment

You are required to complete substantial amount of practical work which must be evidenced through, sketchbooks, annotation of work, and producing an end outcomes based on a theme/tasks. The work completed will form part of your course assessment. It is assessed and graded internally by a combination of: practical work with end outcomes, presentations, exhibitions and written work. The work produced will relate to specific unit assignments.

Progression

Learners who have complete this course should be able to progress to the final year of a degree programme BA/BSc Top Up in Creative Media Production or related field.

Self-Funding

The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

Government Funds – Student Finance England 

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. Tuition fee loans, to cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider. Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term. You won’t have to pay back the loan until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.  Students can still apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs.

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