Games Design - Level 3 (Extended Diploma) at College of West Anglia
The computer games sector is one of the fastest growing fields in the industry. Mobile platforms and the latest generation consoles have opened up new online environments for games to explore and interact with. Over the next few years these platforms will be enhanced by new interaction models to produce more immersive game play systems.The UK is well known for its cutting edge games development companies and this course provides the first step onto the games development career ladder. The learning adopts a hands-on approach to skills development by exploring subjects within a range of computing environments.You will have the opportunity to explore a range of platforms and use your creativity to design and develop your own ideas. This will allow you to develop your understanding of what makes games playable and exciting as well as understanding the rigorous processes required to develop games software.The focus of the course is to provide you with the skills to set you on a path to working in the computer games industry as well as sufficient knowledge to support work in other digital media industries if this is where you decide to specialise.Units you will be studying include:Year OneMedia Representations (assessed via online exam)Pre-Production PortfolioMedia CampaignResponding to a Commission (externally assessed)Digital Games ProductionFilm Production (for games)Year TwoWorking in the Games IndustryDigital Media Skills (externally assessed)Specialist Subject Investigation (externally assessed)App Production (Hybrid and Native Apps) or 3D ModellingGames Engine Scripting3D EnvironmentsCoding for Web-based Media (Client-Side Scripting) or 3D AnimationModules are subject to change and should be used as a guide only.
External applicants: You will need 5 or more GCSEs at grade 4 or higher, including English and maths, or a relevant level 2 qualification.If you are aged 19 or older, relevant industry experience may be accepted.You will be invited to an interview to help us ensure the course is right for you.You will be required to bring a portfolio of evidence (drawings and artwork - visual/digital) to induction week. This should include examples of work comprising some or all of concept art, 3D models, script mods, levels from level editors, level design sketches, storyboards, simple 2D/3D games already developed. We are interested in the creative thinking and amount of time invested in building games or game content. Your portfolio should be sufficient to show us you are committed to games development rather than just playing games.Internal progressions: Merit at Level 2 IT plus GCSE maths and/or English. Would allow progression with only 1 GCSE if good attendance and behaviour record.
There will be modules that are externally assessed by Pearson and internally by your course lecturers. 2 Modules in the first year are externally assessed 1 with an on-screen exam and the other being a practical assessment under exam conditions. The rest of the course will be internally assessed through practical assignments, written coursework and some other assessment methods. You will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and all grades will count towards your final grade at the end of each year.
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