Game Art and Concepts (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: WEB020
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

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

4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language or completion of a Level 2 course.

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.

Popular related degree courses available at University Centre at Blackburn College include:

These courses are all validated by UK Top 10 Lancaster University. 

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Career Options

Computer Games Developer

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you love computer games and enjoy using your imagination, this could be ideal for you. Computer games developers produce games for PCs and games consoles. They also produce games for the internet and mobile phones. The work could involve making new games or updating existing titles.

Most computer games developers have a qualification. However employers may be more interested in your software skills and experience.

To become a computer games developer, you will need to have creativity and imagination. You’ll also need to be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Computer Games Tester

  • £
    12,000
    + starting salary
  • 40 + hours per week

If you love computer games and enjoy working through things in a methodical way, this could be a great job for you. Games testing is a popular way of starting out in the games industry. It can be a good way to find out about the business as a whole. As a computer games tester it would be your job to play games many times to spot any bugs and mistakes that need to be fixed before the game goes on sale.

You don't need formal qualifications to become a tester. Your playing skills and knowledge of the games market will be more important to employers.

A good games tester has the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. You will also need patience, persistence and good office computer skills.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire