Course: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Equivalent to three A-Levels).
Length: Full-time, two year.
This course is perfect for people who want to move into the games industry as this is a specialist Games Design stream, closely linked with industry and taught in brand new a state of the art facility, which will allow you to become games developers, visual effects artists, 3D Animators, Games Artists etc.
The UK Games industry is currently the 6th largest in the world employing around 25,000 people and growing and is worth over £4 billion to the UK economy. There are a huge amount of opportunities for employment and growth within this industry.
The first year of the Games Design course will be centered around a detailed specialist production. In this year you will develop the fundamental production skills that underpin your chosen area. Working together, you will experience every major production role in developing your practical skills using industry standard software such as 3DS Max, Photoshop and After Effects. This will be backed up with screenings/gameplay linked to theory, essential for encouraging you to develop critical thinking skills as well as inspiring and influencing your own game productions.
In Year 1 you will produce an indie game beginning from the initial ideas stage through to concept art, 3D modelling and the scripting of a game through a game engine such as Unreal 4 or Unity. You will conclude by testing the game to ensure that it is fit for release before launching it as an App on the Android or IOS platform.
In the second year of you will take those skills and develop them over a range of different specific unitised productions designed to prepare you for industry employment and higher education while consolidating written skills with a range of exciting and thought-provoking theory units.
Each year ends with a festival created, organised and promoted by the trainees where you show off your products to your peers, potential investors, employers, press and industry contacts as well as higher education establishments. The festival will culminate with a red carpet awards evening celebrating achievement across the year.
For Games Development students further education in games development, design, visual effects, games art, 3D computer generated imagery, software development for games, animation and effects or advancement direct into the industry in roles like Animator, Games Designer, Games Artist or QA Tester would be the expected progression routes, although it would be possible to break into the industry straight from the course.