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HNC / HND Creative Media Production (Games Development) *subject to validation*

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Games design student
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  • Is this course for you?

    Our HND Games Development course through Staffordshire University, is a BTEC (Pearson) industry wide recognised Level 4 & Level 5 vocational qualification. The course is designed to progress and enhance the skills and techniques previously studied from a Level 3 games course, to prepare you for either further study at Level 6, or in readiness for your employment in the gaming industry.

    The course is delivered over 2 years with year 1 HNC followed by year 2 HND. When you have completed the HND, you will have the option of moving into employment or in completing a top-up degree, to gain a full bachelor’s degree, such as through Staffordshire University.

  • Required qualifications

    Students should have had previous study at L3 Games Production, such as UAL at Merit, or MMP at BTEC L3. If you have not achieved these grades your applications are still welcome, but subject to an interview and portfolio check. Students should also have GCSE English and Maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C).

    We welcome applications from mature students without these qualifications but with relevant Games Production Experience.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Students will develop a set of core-competencies to support their development in:

    • Fundamentals of Games Design
    • The development of Game content, including level design and gameplay design
    • The production, workflow, project and team management of game studios Development
    • Specialist nuances of Game Design and the roles in industry
    • The language of the Games industry
    • Understanding events that shape the industry
    • Understanding the business, marketing and legal issues surrounding the industry

    Year 1: Modules

    • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
    • Professional Practice
    • Creative Media Industry
    • Game Development Practices
    • Games in Context
    • Game Design
    • 3D Modelling
    • Principles of Animation

    Year 2: Modules

    • Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
    • Personal Professional Development
    • Advanced Game Development
    • Studies
    • Advanced Rendering and
    • Visualisation
    • Advanced 3D Modelling
    • Environment & Level Design
    • Emerging Technologies
  • Careers

    The Gaming sector is the most successful entertainment form of the 21st century, with sales surpassing the £4billion mark, and its thriving in the UK. According to BFI’s Screen Business Report, the number of people employed in the UK games industry, in full-time equivalent jobs (FTEs) has surpassed to 75,000. Of these workers, 24,020 were employed in direct developing and publishing roles such as:

    • Games Artist
    • Games Developer
    • Game Designer
    • Games Tester
    • Concept Artist
    • 3D Modelling
    • Environment Artist
    • Animator
    • Graphics Programmer
    • Audio Programmer
    • VR and AI Developer
  • English and maths

    If you have not achieved your intended grade for maths and English, you will have the opportunity to continue studying these at the college. You will also be developing these skills within your study programme.

  • Other important information

    Our Lichfield Campus has a fully operational £100K VICON Motion Capture Studio, alongside specialist gaming computers, audio studio and access to a range of software packages including the Adobe Creative Cloud, Unreal, Blender to name but a few.

  • Is this course for you?

    Our HND Games Development course through Staffordshire University, is a BTEC (Pearson) industry wide recognised Level 4 & Level 5 vocational qualification. The course is designed to progress and enhance the skills and techniques previously studied from a Level 3 games course, to prepare you for either further study at Level 6, or in readiness for your employment in the gaming industry.

    The course is delivered over 2 years with year 1 HNC followed by year 2 HND. When you have completed the HND, you will have the option of moving into employment or in completing a top-up degree, to gain a full bachelor’s degree, such as through Staffordshire University.

  • Required qualifications

    Students should have had previous study at L3 Games Production, such as UAL at Merit, or MMP at BTEC L3. If you have not achieved these grades your applications are still welcome, but subject to an interview and portfolio check. Students should also have GCSE English and Maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C).

    We welcome applications from mature students without these qualifications but with relevant Games Production Experience.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Students will develop a set of core-competencies to support their development in:

    • Fundamentals of Games Design
    • The development of Game content, including level design and gameplay design
    • The production, workflow, project and team management of game studios Development
    • Specialist nuances of Game Design and the roles in industry
    • The language of the Games industry
    • Understanding events that shape the industry
    • Understanding the business, marketing and legal issues surrounding the industry

    Year 1: Modules

    • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
    • Professional Practice
    • Creative Media Industry
    • Game Development Practices
    • Games in Context
    • Game Design
    • 3D Modelling
    • Principles of Animation

    Year 2: Modules

    • Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
    • Personal Professional Development
    • Advanced Game Development
    • Studies
    • Advanced Rendering and
    • Visualisation
    • Advanced 3D Modelling
    • Environment & Level Design
    • Emerging Technologies
  • Careers

    The Gaming sector is the most successful entertainment form of the 21st century, with sales surpassing the £4billion mark, and its thriving in the UK. According to BFI’s Screen Business Report, the number of people employed in the UK games industry, in full-time equivalent jobs (FTEs) has surpassed to 75,000. Of these workers, 24,020 were employed in direct developing and publishing roles such as:

    • Games Artist
    • Games Developer
    • Game Designer
    • Games Tester
    • Concept Artist
    • 3D Modelling
    • Environment Artist
    • Animator
    • Graphics Programmer
    • Audio Programmer
    • VR and AI Developer
  • English and maths

    If you have not achieved your intended grade for maths and English, you will have the opportunity to continue studying these at the college. You will also be developing these skills within your study programme.

  • Other important information

    Our Lichfield Campus has a fully operational £100K VICON Motion Capture Studio, alongside specialist gaming computers, audio studio and access to a range of software packages including the Adobe Creative Cloud, Unreal, Blender to name but a few.