Creative Digital Media Production (Digital Games)

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body UAL
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

The two-year qualification is designed for post-16 learners who want to study games-related degree courses in Higher Education or take up Apprenticeships. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of creative digital media production and develop an understanding of how to work within the media industries.

Tutorials, enrichment activities, work experience and independent study will also add to the programme of study.


(Please note that this course has been advertised in our Full Time Courses Guide as 'Games Development and Animation (Creative Media).' )

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 4 points and above, including English, or a Level 2 Certificate in Media (graded at merit or above).

We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

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

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.

Mandatory modules in Year 1 include:

  • Unit 1: Media Representations
  • Unit 4: Pre-Production Portfolio
  • Unit 6: Media Campaigns
  • Unit 8: Responding to a Commission

Mandatory modules in Year 2 include:

  • Unit 2: Working in the Creative Media Industry
  • Unit 3: Digital Media Skills
  • Unit 5: Specialist Subject Investigation

SIX optional units will be studied over the two years and could include:

  • App Production
  • Digital Games Production
  • Concept Art For Games
  • Game Engine Scripting
  • 3D Modelling
  • 3D Digital Animation


How will I be assessed

Many of the units require course work which will be internally assessed throughout the year.

Things you may need

To fully participate in your learning programme you will need:

  • Portable hard drive (Toshiba or Seagate) 7200rpm/500GB minimum – immediately
  • Over ear headphones
  • Files for your work
  • Plastic pockets
  • A4 paper pad
  • A3 sketch pad
  • Pens
  • Pencils
What next

Successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diplomas can lead to university or Apprenticeship in Media.

Higher Education courses could include:

  • BA (Hons) Computer Games Art
  • BA (Hons) Computer Games Design
  • BA (Hons) Technical Games Design
  • BA (Hons) Visual Effects
  • BA (Hons) 3D Animation
  • BA (Hons) Concept Art
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming
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.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies. If you are 19+ years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.
Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

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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