16-18 Year Olds
Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in pursuing a career in Computer Games Design, Computer Games Art, Computer Animation, or VFX. You must have a passion for making games (not just playing), an interest in the games industry, creative skills, solid IT skills, and the motivation to work hard. You don’t need to be able to draw, but you will need to be willing to try to improve your visual communication skills.
What do you need to apply for the course?
You’ll need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language. You’ll also need solid IT skills.
What are the key things you'll learn?
The aim of the courses is to provide you with a solid foundation in computer game planning, design and production techniques, and experience of industry standard software and skills. The course is structured to encourage the development of the skills required by the computer games and new media industries. This is achieved through offering a range of industry standard software on high quality computer hardware. As this is a design course, you will also develop your drawing skills and learn to visually communicate your ideas.
How you will learn
You will be taught through workshop-based sessions that encourage hands on experience of industry standard software and techniques. You will use the latest software and hardware to produce 2D games, 3D game levels, game design documents, concept art, game packaging, digital images, and animated 3D models and environments. You will also learn about the games industry and games platforms as well as underpinning research and theory.
Where could this course take you?
Successful completion of the Level 3 Computer Games Design course, along with an appropriate grade and portfolio, will provide access to a wide range of specialist University courses.
What costs will you incur?
If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.
If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.