Accessibility links

Creative Computer Games Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

The computer games industry is one of the largest in the global creative sector with exceptional job opportunities, and Britain is a market leader in this field. Whether it's because you want to get into the games industry or into a computer generated arts career path, this UAL Level 3 qualification is the one for you. The computer games industry employs people with skills in computer-based animation and art and special effects, and this course will give you a grounding in the core skills to take you forward with your chosen profession. Instead of just buying games, start making a career in something that you enjoy doing!

Course content

You will learn a combination of multimedia skills including: Year 1: Concept and digital art, 3D modelling and animation, 2D games design and production, Audio production and editing, Computer games history, Computer games industry, Contextual studies, Fundamentals of programming. Year 2: 3D environments, 3D games design and production, UI design, Programming for computer games, Contextual studies, Narrative for computer games, Audio production & editing, Marketing and advertising, Entering industry or HE.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs grade 4 (grade C) or above, or a relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or above. As this is a creative course, we would also like to see a portfolio of creative work at interview. If grade C in either Maths or English has not been achieved, you may be asked to take a level 2 first so you can achieve a grade C or take it in addition to the main subject.


Work is based around creative projects, and written tasks with support and guidance from tutors. There will be presentations, group work, industry visits and talks from visiting lecturers. This course will build confidence, interpersonal skills and team building in an atmosphere of mutual support and challenge.

Future opportunities

For learners who excel, self-employment as a developer is an option. More commonly, learners go on to foundation degree courses, level 4 HBD programmes or university courses in subjects such as games design, programming, graphic design, visual effects, animation, art, etc.

Learners normally wish to pursue careers in games design after taking this programme, typically by entering into a role suited to one of their core skills. In addition, the course is also a good grounding for many multimedia, art and IT based careers,including programming, illustration, graphic design, animation, concept art, audio production, etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
Provider logo

Key information