'Be the games industry...' The video game industry and the creation and distribution of video games have changed beyond all recognition in the past ten years. No longer is the route to employment solely through the behemoths that publish AAA games, costing millions to make and bring to market. With the viability of game creation tools now available to all, it has never been easier to get into the industry. The challenge now is to stand out in such a crowded space. Knowing the theory and practical skills to lift you above others is where the Game Design degrees at the University Centre Grimsby step in. Structured to offer two distinct, yet complementary pathways, it is designed to maximise students’ potential employability while still allowing them to shape their own development and skills. It also allows for natural cross-fertilisation between artists and coders, allowing students to build up mutual networks and awareness of other disciplines within game development. The Games Art pathway will focus on developing learner's digital and practical art skills for game design and development. This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.
The first year will give you all the basic knowledge required to start your journey into the visual side of the Games Industry, providing you with skills in 2D art, Level Design, Game Mechanics, Game Design, Character Design and GUI Design. The second year allows you to build on these skills in group-based work where you will start to create polished and finished games. Alongside this, you will create narrative experiences, 3D assets and levels to a highly polished degree and Character Animation whilst also gaining a deeper understanding of the theory behind fun and games. The final year is where you bring all the skills you have learnt in your Final Major Project, creating a fully featured game to sell your skills to the wider gaming industry. There is also a dissertation to complete, and you will also be tasked with creating yourself on online portfolio to show off the skills and work you have produced across the breadth of the course.
The course employs many diverse forms of assessment and is primarily practical based. Submissions may include (but are not restricted to) Games, Prototypes, Digital Art Samples, Essays, Post-Mortems, Logbooks, Portfolios, and videos. There are no exams on the course.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
TEC Partnership recognises a wide range of entry qualifications as being equivalent to A’ level standard; if students hold a qualification not listed above please contact TEC Partnership's admissions team on +44 (0) 1472 311222 ext 434. International students must evidence they possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£8500||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£8500||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£8500||Year 1|
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