This qualification is aimed at 16 to 18-year-old students who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and who wish to pursue a career in the video games industry by studying the core principles of video game art, game design, animation and digital media.
While centred on video games, the content is suitable for other creative media roles in which gaming techniques are applied more generally, including e-learning, visualisation and product design, visual effects and web design.
This qualification will give you a solid foundation in understanding how the games industry works, provide you with the essential drawing skills required by any games artist, and equip you with 3D art skills and a working understanding of what a games engine is and how it functions.
The qualification could also be taken alongside a Level 3 Maths qualification or an Extended Certificate in Digital Media.
Typically, you will have at least five GCSEs graded A*- C, including English Language and Maths. Alternatively you may have equivalent intermediate qualifications at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.
Importantly, a university application will probably require five GCSEs graded C (4) or above, including both English Language and Maths GCSE at grade 4/C or above.
The units in this qualification will provide the core video game arts, mechanics and animation technical knowledge and skills required for progression towards working as a games artist, games designer or a games animator in the video games sector.
You will cover topics such as:
You must pass all units and all transferable skill requirements to achieve the qualification.
Performance in all units is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
These unit grades are then converted into points and added together to determine the overall grade for the qualification.
Assessment entails both:
You will need to provide a memory stick and a set of mini-headphones for your studies.
This qualification could also form part of your basis for application to a higher education course (degree, foundation degree, HNC/HND) in a video games related discipline.
Examples of potential career progression opportunities are 2D games artist, concept artist, environment artist, games animator, graphic designer, level designer, technical artist, games designer and games programmer.
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.