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Animation and Games Design - UAL Level 3 Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

At West Thames College, we offer some of the best BTEC Art and Design courses London has to offer taught by teachers who are practising designers with industry experience.

'Students have specialist art and design workshops and studios. These are safe, well presented and enlivened by inspiring displays of learners' work.' Ofsted 2014.

This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and reflects a growing interest in games design and animation - digital, cgi or traditional stop-motion. It is designed to enable you to progress to university and develop your expertise in preparation for a career in the industry. The course makes use of London's great resources with visits to industry shows, theatres, films and museums.

See our animation showreels by visiting vimeo.com/wtc

Course content

You will work in our amazing multimedia suites, gaining experience in 3D modelling, rigging, level design, asset and character development and introductory programming. You will use industry standard software including Maya, Mudbox, Unity, After Effects and Photoshop. We believe that students need to be engaged in every aspect of this subject and foster imaginative skills to feed back to their design work - and we also want the course to be fun! The course is taught by industry professional animation and games design lecturers.

You will study:

  • Visual recording in art and design
  • Materials, techniques and processes in art and design
  • Ideas and concepts in art and design
  • Communication through art and design
  • Contextual influences in art and design
  • Image manipulation using computer applications
  • Typefaces and letter forms
  • 3D animation
  • 2D animation production
  • Computer game engines.

In the second year you will work on your own projects, developing games elements and animated sequences.

This flexible approach builds a solid foundation for further study or employment, while enabling you to develop a specialised programme of study according to your own interests. Your student learning adviser will guide and support you throughout your course and in the second year you will receive guidance for applications to university.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Entry requirements

4 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4 or a merit or distinction at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. We will ask to see a portfolio of your work when you come to college for your interview.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email ciag@west-thames.ac.uk.

Assessment

The course is continuously assessed throughout the two years. In the final term of the course a final major project is assessed, examined and assessed externally.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Higher National Diploma (HND) or BA (Hons) degree at university, or relevant employment.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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    • General Enquiries
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8326 2000
    • Email address:
    • info@west-thames.ac.uk

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