Games Development and Animation (Creative Media)

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body BTEC
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date September 2017
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This programme gives you the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to work in the games and animation industries. You will study how the games industry works as well as learning the tools and techniques required developing a game from initial concept through to a finished professional product. Our programme and units are carefully designed in conjunction with Teesside University to offer a course which aids progression and meets the standards of the games and animation industries.

On this course you will be trained on the same software that is used by professional designers for both the games and visual effects industries. Our vast range of software includes industry standard packages such as Unreal Engine (Bio shock, Borderlands, Batman Arkham City, Gears of War), Maya (Uncharted, Halo, Avatar, Ironman, Kung Fu Panda) and Adobe Creative Suite (Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Social Network). This course is the equivalent to 3 A level qualifications.

If you have not achieved a grade C or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English or a Level 2 Certificate in Media (graded at merit or above).

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Each unit is delivered in the state of the art Media Design Centre. You will develop your skills and knowledge through a mixture of practical and theory based sessions. The majority of units are aimed towards practical work and the development of real life skills.

Year 1 – BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma (Games Development) – equivalent to three AS levels

  • 2D Animation
  • Concept Art
  • 3D Modelling
  • Digital Graphics
  • Animation Studies

Year 2 – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Games Development) equivalents to three A levels

After successful completion of year 1 you may progress onto the Extended Diploma and develop an in-depth understanding of games design and animation production that will prepare you for university or employment within the media industry.

  • 3D Animation
  • Level Design
  • 3D Modelling
  • Games Design and Script Writing

Games Story Development

What next

Career opportunities exist to enter the industry at junior level in many job roles, including

  • Games Designer
  • Level Designer
  • 3D/2D Animator
  • 3D Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Visual Effect Artist
  • Script Writer for Games
  • Games Tester
  • Graphic Artist

We do recommend further study if you are wishing to progress within these roles.

Higher Education Progression

The majority of student progress onto degree programmes including:

  • BA Computer Animation
  • BA Computer Games Art
  • BA Computer Games Design
  • BA Computer Animation
  • BA Visual Effects
  • BA Graphic Design
Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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