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Games Development and Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at New College Nottingham

Course description

Love playing apps? Love playing video games? Want to do it yourself? ncn offers you the chance to begin your games career in this evolving and expanding industry.

Developing a course alongside some of the world’s leading games studios, including Ubisoft and Nottingham-based app developers Fallen Tree Games, ncn offers a course which focuses on building skills in game design, 3D modelling, app development, games testing plus much, much more! 

If you are creative and passionate about studying the design and development of computer games and mobile apps, as well as committed to widening your skills in all areas including concept art, then this is the ideal course for you.

At ncn we will ensure that you learn the most relevant and up to date industry practices on the most forward thinking technologies – helping you develop a freelance skill-set and become a forward-thinking games entrepreneur.

Course content

The course lasts for two years and is taught at ncn City, in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. It is mostly practical, allowing you to use a variety of different design suites, and will incorporate elements of developing narrative, design, understanding of the sector, platforms,  3D modelling, games engines and getting your product to market.

The course is delivered in small focused groups, enabling students to get one-on-one time and support from experienced tutors and professionals, alongside guest lectures and trips to games festivals during the programme and you will receive advice and guidance on applying to Higher Education or stepping into employment and marketing your own games!

Learn to play!  Apply yourself!!

Entry requirements

You must have the following:

4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths 

Students will also be required to attend an interview.

Adults 19+ who have industry experience BUT do not have the necessary qualifications can be invited in for interview.


Assessment is continuous and will consist of a portfolio of reports, presentations and creative projects plus a final major project at the end of the year.

Future opportunities

After completing this course you can develop your study skills further at university-level in: Games design or development, Games programming, Digital Graphics, 3D environments or apply your skills in the industry!

If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Nottingham directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • This former lace mill from the 1800s was once the centrepoint of the UK's world renowned lace manufacturing industry but now it's home to more than 50 of ncn's courses, including TV, Film and Digital Industries, Fashion, Multimedia, Games Development, Business and Administration, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, our HE Centre, ICT and many more.

      The building itself is some seven floors and in our fashion and textiles rooms right at the top of the building, you can enjoy some amazing views of the city.
      Across the road we have our Visual Arts Academy housed within another impressive building located at 25 Stoney Street. Here we have vast rooms and studios with amazing light so that all our art, design and photography students can do their thing.
      It's no coincidence that ncn's Visual Arts and Fashion and Media and Digital Academies are in the heart of the Lace Market. The area has been named Nottingham's Creative Quarter where hundreds of small creative businesses operate from. This connnectivity and vibrant environment gives our creative students a head start!