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Gaming and Animation Level 2 Diploma at Banbury and Bicester College

Course description

Get a broad knowledge base so you can work in the media and gaming industry or progress to a higher-level course. On the Diploma in Gaming and Animation you cover areas such as media research techniques, introduction to the media and gaming industries animation, digital graphics and computer game design.

Course content

You study 8 units which include:
• introduction to creative media methods and skills (30)
• introduction to production techniques in creative media (30)
• understanding an audience in creative media production (60)
• contextual research for creative media production (60)
• exploring audio production and technology (60)
• exploring visual production and technology (60)
• exploring interactive media production and technology (60)
And a choice of:
• personal project and presentation in creative media production level 2 (120)
• personal project and presentation in creative media production level 3 (120)

You also learn how to use industry-standard software which includes Photoshop, Illustrator Blender, Maya, Mudbox and Unreal.

In addition you study either functional skills or GCSE in English or ICT which all have a final exam.

All units are internally assessed by specialist tutors and assessments take place in the form of assignments set throughout the course. Grades are verified internally and externally to ensure that national standards are met.

The course is 100% coursework. It includes written assignments and practical sessions. You learn by completing projects and assignments based on professional practice and realistic workplace situations. Emphasis is placed on working and learning with others and working to deadlines. You also need to be able to work independently be well organised and take responsibility for your own learning. Throughout the course you are also required to complete additional tasks for example design work and research on your home study days.

Entry requirements

Applicants for a level 2 programme will normally have: 
• at least four GCSEs at grade D or above including English, Maths

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

Future opportunities

Three Exiting routes, level 3 Media, level 3 Games Development or level 3 IT (technician or computing pathways), you could also apply for apprenticeships or work in junior IT Support positions. It prepares you for creative media industry careers in areas like computer animation computer game design and multimedia work or possibly graphic/website design or potentially directly into employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury and Bicester College directly.

Last updated date: 22 January 2016
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