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Creative Media Production & Technology (Games) UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

This one-year Diploma course will extend and develop your visual and computer skills learned on the Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media (Games Development) with the focus of developing work for the Computer Games Industry.

You will learn about how computer games are designed, developed and produced through both practical and theoretical study. Throughout the course you will develop practical skills using digital media design technology and gain a thorough understanding of the design and making process.

You will have the opportunity to test out a range of different computer games and analyse their components to inform your own developing ideas. In exploring a range of design approaches, different games platforms and digital design software, you will be able to develop your own ideas and the know-how of what goes into the making of a playable and exciting computer game.

Our games development courses aim to give students insight into as many facets of gaming as possible with an emphasis on the creative and artistic aspects along with a thorough grounding in the history of games design and its cultural importance. City College is proactive in attracting a balance of female and male students to an exciting area of study which is no longer seen as a male dominated field.

Course content

  • Pre-Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Communication Skills for Creative Media Industries
  • Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Creative Media Production Management Project
  • Working to a Brief in the Media Industries
  • Understanding the Computer Games Industry
  • Computer Games Platforms And Technologies
  • Computer Games Design
  • 3D Environments
  • Computer Games Engines
  • Sound For Computer Games
  • Motion Graphics and Compositing Video
  • Graphic Narrative Production

Entry requirements

Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology - Games, at merit grade.

Interview for entry: Interview required

Interview preparation:
Potential candidates for this course are required to bring a portfolio of drawings and visual/Digital artworks. Feedback from the games development industry suggests that traditional artistic skills are far more important than simply having the ability to use software.


Assessment throughout is by coursework assignments. Deadlines will be set through the year which you will be required to meet in order to achieve the best results that you can. Pass, Merit or Distinction grades are awarded to each of the assessed units and a final overall grade is awarded.

Financial information

General course costs required such as sketchbooks and art materials etc will amount to approximately £180 for the year. Also candidates are required to further purchase a transferable hard drive of a minimum capacity of a 100Mb to store their coursework.

Future opportunities

Most students apply to undergraduate programmes at Degree level and receive places from some of the best Universities in the UK to further develop their studies and skills in the areas of Gaming, Character Animation, 3D Modelling, Interactive and Graphic Design etc.

Some students prefer to go directly into industry working in similar areas as indicated above and the College has a good track record where students have achieved this both locally and nationally.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • Located in North Laine, right in the heart of Brighton, you’ll be just minutes away from a vibrant mix of shops, cafés, theatres and entertainment. You’ll be at the centre of everything that makes Brighton such a special city.

      Study Programme qualifications

      There are a wide range of study programme qualifications primarily based at our Central Campus, including: Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Computing, Digital Arts, Filmmaking, English & Mathematics, Hairdressing, Photography, Science, Travel & Tourism and our degree-level courses. Some classes will occasionally be held at our East Campus and some courses will occasionally be taught off-site.

      Read, learn & watch 

      • Learning Resource Centre open to all students
      • 40,000 books, 300 periodicals, 2,000 DVDs
      • Over 80 computer stations, equipped with electronic resources, e-books and access to online learning resources

      Get creative

      • Well-equipped, spacious and specialist art studios
      • Video and photographic studios
      • Top-of-the-range digital facilities and traditional dark rooms
      • A great value art shop on site - the cheapest supplier in Brighton

      Digital Design Centre

      • Mac-based Graphic Design suite
      • PC-based 3-D Multimedia suite with motion capture
      • Video studio with Chromakey and lighting rig
      • Digital video cameras, recorders and digital SLRs
      • All rooms fully networked with email and internet access on every machine.

      The Hub

      • A one-stop-shop to get you prepared for the world of work
      • Advice and support on job hunting, careers, employability skills, work experience, Apprenticeships and CV-writing

      The Gallery and its commercial kitchens

      • Working restaurant open to the public and specialising in catering for bespoke events and restaurant-quality meals
      • Run by students with a strong reputation in the community
      • Supported by four industry-standard training kitchens

      Relax and unwind

      • Professionally equipped salons open to the public
      • Equipment and treatments that you would find in any salon
      • Customer reception area and sophisticated booking system replicating the workplace
      • Great discounts on hair and beauty treatments

      Holidays, travel, concerts and lots more

      • A working travel agency open to the public
      • Training in a realistic environment on professional booking systems and with real holiday companies
      • The opportunity to practise what you have learnt and show employers that you have real experience

      Experiments and research

      • A full science lab suite which is one of the best in the South East
      • Specialist facilities for forensic science

      Relax and refuel

      • The Central Café offers fantastic value, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
      • Guest chefs from around Brighton visit to cook specialist cuisines
      • The Coffee Stop serves speciality teas and coffees
      • Vending machines offer drinks and confectionery

      Getting here

      City College Central Campus is less than 5 minutes walk from Brighton Station and local bus routes to Pelham Street include:

      Via London Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 17, 21, 22, 33, 40, 270, 271

      Via Lewes Road

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      Via Hollingbury/Hollingdean

      26, 46, 50

      Via Western Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 46, 49