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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

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:

  • Digital Games Production
  • Concept Art or 2D Animation
  • 3D Modelling
  • 3D Animation
  • Games Engine Scripting
  • 3D Environments
  • Games Testing
  • Creation and Use of Sound in Media
  • Plan and Deliver a Pitch for a Media Product
  • Create a Media Product
  • Create a Personal Media Profile

How will I be assessed?

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:

  • Internal assessment: work is assessed by tutors against grading criteria provided within each unit
  • External assessment: units are assessed by the examining board using a marks-based scheme

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide a memory stick and a set of mini-headphones for your studies.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

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.

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Helen Clark

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A company director who studied BTEC multimedia at Derby College is spearheading a key event showcasing ideas and innovation in the city. Helen Clark, 32, attended the former Wilmorton site on a two year course when she was just 16. She is now a director with city-based Clark CX, a website conversion rate optimisation consultancy, which was founded by her husband Pete. Helen said Derby College gave her a crucial insight into the workplace and the course was broad-based enough to allow her to choose in which direction she wanted to take her career. After college she took a graphic design degree in Norwich, which led to design roles in Bath, Mansfield and then Derby. Pete separately attended Derby College on an art foundation course, and Helen joined his business two years ago. They are now putting together TEDxDerby 2016 at QUAD on May 21. The event is a forum which will showcase creative and innovative ideas from speakers predominantly based in, or connected, to Derby.

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