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BTEC Extended Diploma in Media (Games Development) Level 3 at Burton and South Derbyshire College

Course description

This is a 2 year programme designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and general understanding of how computer games are developed to enable them to pursue a career in the Gaming Industry. Learners will be involved in developing a computer game during the course.

Entry requirements

• Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C or better (of which one subject may be specified at grade C) including either English Language or Maths at GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)*; or • Pass at NVQ Level 2 and either English Language or Maths at GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent); or • Pass at BTEC Diploma and either English Language or Maths at GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent). The College has the discretion to determine if 4 or 5 GCSE’s will be the entry standards for a Qualification. Students are required to complete an initial induction task as well as undertake Numeracy and Literacy screenings before being short-listed for the course.

Future opportunities

Students can then apply to different Universities that offer Degrees, to further develop their careers and thereby enhance their employability within the Industry.You could take this short course with a GCE or other qualification to prepare for higher education vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Media or a related degree programme. With further training and experience, you could go into a range of jobs related to the Media Industries and specialise to work in different areas such as sound recording or journalism. You may like to look at doing an apprenticeship with a media company to get more experience and work based training such as an NVQ at level 3 or 4. You could also go straight into a job as the course helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff. Modules combine specialist study skills for Media students such as Research Techniques, Pre-Production Techniques and Understanding the Computer Games Industry, alongside specialist Graphics, 3D Environments, 3D Modelling, Human Computer Interfaces, Game Platforms Technology and Computer Game Design. Students will take a Functional Skill during each year incorporated into their timetable. During the second year of study students will be looking to work more independently on their personal project backed up by enhanced subjects including; 3D Animation, Concept Art, Motion Graphics, Composite Video, Working to a Brief, Game Engines, Narrative Structure, Critical Approaches, and Flash for Computer Games. Functional Skills at Level 2 in both Numeracy and Literacy. Course tutorials form part of the programme of study and are there to enable the students to set and complete SMART targets. One-to-one reviews are continually used throughout the course to monitor progress as well as support students in their studies. Homework will form part of the course and students are encouraged to undertake autonomous research to further develop their skills and understanding around the different subjects being taught.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burton and South Derbyshire College directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015
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