Course Title UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Games Design)
Level: 3
Code Y015

Overview of the Course

Depending on your career aspirations and qualifications you will either complete a one-year diploma or two year extended diploma. These courses are suitable if you have a passion for games and app design, games character design, 2D and 3D animation, illustration, social media design and construction.

Games designers are often responsible for the overall game concept, planning the story, characters, environments, rules and levels. These courses will give you the opportunity to realise your creativity in the exciting world of games design and animation/illustration.

You will explore your creative potential in a hands-on environment using our modern Apple Mac suite and using a range of dynamic software applications.

In addition to developing your IT and software development skills this course will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required to progress into this competitive industry. Course content will also develop your drawing skills as you learn how to visualise your ideas through practical workshops

What are the career opportunities?

The UK has a long history of making world-class video games. With the global games market expected to grow from an estimated $99.6bn in 2016 to $118.6 billion by 2019, the opportunities for the UK games industry have never been greater. As of January 2017, there are 2,088 active games companies in the UK, operating at all sizes and scales, with world-class talent across the full spectrum of games technologies - from mobile, PC and console, to fast-developing sectors such as VR / AR, Esports and Artificial Intelligence. Successful completion will provide access to a wide range of university courses or employment. Career opportunities include: Art education, games designer, graphic designer, art director, concept artist, environment artist, animator, creative manager, web designer, photographer, illustrator, advertising, social media and teaching.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need at least five GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C) to include Art or Design, English and maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C) or a Merit on a BTEC / UAL Level 2 Diploma and a Level 2 English qualification. Please note – applicants who have a passion for Art and Design but who may not have had the opportunity to study an Art and Design GCSE at school will be considered for a place on these courses at interview along with suitable example of work.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September, becoming two years if you progress onto the Extended Diploma.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will learn how to plan, create concepts and structure games through practical workshops and assignments. The course allows you to build skills in pre-production, story development, multi-camera video and digital graphics for computer games.
The second year will give you technical and creative skills including how sound is constructed and used within gaming. This will be developed through the planning and production of your own interactive game. Theory will provide you with research skills, giving you an understanding of target audiences and products related to the industry. From hand rendered drawings, to graphic tablets and digital illustrations, you will design and create 3D models and environments, animating your own characters and navigating through your own interactive worlds and immersive app developments. You will be able to create innovative digital illustrations to make exciting concept art and engaging graphic narratives. The course will allow you to tackle motion graphics and video effects. You will also boost your web skills, developing interactive applications and online games. In addition the course covers structured drawing development, research and analysis. You will also receive regular tutorials to support your work.

The course is broken down into several projects that you will complete over one or two years. Work is assessed by your tutors who will grade your work once it is complete. You will receive regular verbal and written feedback throughout the projects to help you aim for the highest grade possible.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will learn a large range of industry standard software skills and techniques, the hardware and software we provide is 100% industry standard and in line with current industry expectations. As well as being a very visually stimulating and creative course, we grow and strengthen your written communication skills, and teach you employment skills such as team work and lateral thinking as well investigative and analytical research techniques. The course is very commercially lead with all briefs being firmly rooted in the games / design industry.

Work experience

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Art and Design students have previously secured high quality work experience placements at:

  • Local Football Clubs
  • Hospices
  • Heritage Lottery Funds
  • Local Schools
  • Bury Council
  • Card Retailers
  • BBC

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Games Design study programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You will be expected to provide your own drawing equipment and a portable hard drive (500 GB). You may need to buy art tools and a portfolio which shouldn’t cost more than £25.

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