Games Design (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course is validated by: University of the Arts London

Course Information

  • Course Code: MP035-Y1
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Approved by: University of the Arts London
  • Study Mode: Full time

This course will introduce you to the fundamental areas of Game Design. You will develop skills in how to devise a game and how it plays. You will plan and define all the elements needed to create a game including character development, story flow, structure and rules of play. You will be introduced to a range of hardware platforms and develop an awareness of basic programming.  This course is designed to enable you to learn the skills required for being a creative designer and concept artist for games design, the main focus is on developing your skills as a creative practitioner for games design rather than a games design programmer or tester.  

As with most creative disciplines, you will work through the design process ; research, concept, initial design treatment, prototype/storyboard.

What will I study?

The course is made up of 9 units in year one and a further 4 larger units in year two. Learners are given a range of projects that challenge them to explore different areas of games design practice including visual communication, character development, illustration, 3D modelling, design software, contextual studies, animation, computer game development and sound design for computer games.

In addition to this you will develop employability skills to prepare you for future employment or study at a higher level.

You will be encouraged to develop employability skills for you to be successful in the games design industry, such as problem solving, creativity, positive communication and innovative thinking.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a BTEC/Level 2 Merit or Distinction Grade portfolio, or at least four GCSEs at Grades A* to C (to include either Maths or English).  Equivalent qualifications will be considered. All students will need to demonstrate an active interest in art, design and gaming.

How will I be assessed?

In this qualification learners engage with study through a range of creative assignments, all of which help build confidence, knowledge and skills in preparation for their final Project Proposal and Realisation at the end of year 2 in which each learner specialises. At this point each learner is at the pinnacle of their learning and is assessed for their overall grade, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What can I do next?

This qualification is mapped to the Level 3/4 UAL Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma  at Blackburn College. Many learners wish to complete this diverse, higher level course before they progress onto University or employment.

Learners can also progress to a related degree course at the University Centre at Blackburn College, or to a whole range of other games design related degree courses at leading institutions in the United Kingdom. Some learners also progress directly to employment within the creative industries.


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You will be based in the new £18.3 million Beacon Centre. In order for you to flourish in the creative field we have invested in brand new facilities such as Apple Mac design suites, spacious studios, industrial sewing machines, screen printing and weaving equipment and our very own in house photography studio and infinity curve.

Enrichment & Employability

We are proud to be one of only 10 colleges in the country to have UAL accredited courses and a progression agreement in place.

We offer students the opportunity to experience a diverse and exciting visiting lecturer programme that includes Lecturers from Chelsea School of Art and the Saatchi Gallery.

We also help many students find relevant part time work to enhance your chance of employment and give you a taste of working in a creative career. 

Our students continually engage with real live projects from local initiatives for Child Action Northwest through to working with national bodies such as The Tate, The Saatchi Gallery and having work published in magazines or shown on TV and at Film Festivals.

You will also have the opportunity to go on residentials to gain inspiration, visit universities and take part in critical artist’s discussions.

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