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Level: 4

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Weeks: 64

Hours: 6.00

Start: 07/09/2020

Days / Times: Monday 17:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 5800.00*

Concessions: 5800.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course will prepare you for a career in the digital animation and games design industries. You will develop a range of creative and technical skills including computer games platform fundamentals and storytelling techniques. You will also develop your academic skills and knowledge/understanding of the creative industries.

You will use industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite (Master Collection), Maya 3D and Unity.  You will develop the skills required to take your creative ideas from initial stages to the final product.

Throughout the programme, you will complete a range of live projects and receive expert guidance from experienced lecturers and industry professionals.

The course will be delivered in 12 hours each week and taught in dedicated studio facilities. Delivery will consist of lectures, seminars, studio practice, online research and industrial engagement.

You will be able to put learnt skills into practice through completion of project-based assignment,  self-directed and online study that will enhance your own personal and professional development.  You will be expected to undertake at least a further ten hours of self-study a week in addition to the taught hours.  

The programme consists of eight units including Computer Games Studies, Research Techniques for Creative Media, and 3D Game Engines.

The course will be delivered at the Joseph Wright Campus.

This programme is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by Pearson Edexcel. On satisfactory completion of the course, you will be awarded the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Creative Media Production

This programme will run with a minimum of ten students.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need:

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS points or an Advanced Diploma, NVQ Level 3, Access to HE qualification or the equivalent.

You will also need:

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) to include English and Maths

We also welcome applicants who do not have subject-specific qualifications.  All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.

Course Content


Units include:
  • Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for Creative Media Production
  • Practical Skills for Computer Game Design
  • Computer Games Studies
  • Computer Games Techniques
  • 3D Computer Game Engines
  • Music and Sound for Computer Games
  • Computer Game Storytelling Techniques

How will I be assessed?

While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, reports, individual presentations, group presentations, interactive displays, seminars and case studies. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating personal and professional skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Prior to starting on the programme you will be sent an equipment list outlining the resources needed for studying the Games Design course  The cost of these resources is not expected to be above £50.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

After successfully completing the HNC Games Design, you can progress to a suitable HND enhancing your learning and level of qualification.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.
His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.
With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.

It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot. I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.


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