UCEN Manchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Manchester Metropolitan University

3D Modelling and Animation for Games and Media (Top-Up)

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Course summary

TEF Silver

UCEN Manchester has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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The award provides a progression route for the students studying the FdA 3D Modelling and Animation for Games and Media onto a Level 6 programme that matches the creative and technical requirements of this industry. Students could progress onto a range of roles including animating for linear storytelling, CGI visual F/X, visualisation projects or modelling and animating for real-time applications such as games or VR. It is envisaged that students will produce a high quality show reel at the end of the year that demonstrates their skills in their chosen specialism(s). This progression route recognises that although these are creative disciplines there is a requirement for a high level of technical ability within this industry. This approach allows for greater emphasis in the programme design on the development of technical skills than within the BA (Hons) Creative Media and Visual Communication (top up). The first half of the academic year is designed to allow the students to explore a range of research strategies that will allow them to develop their specialist skills and knowledge base. At the same time, they will be working on a practical project that while challenging will encourage students to experiment with ideas and techniques. They will then be in a strong position to propose a significant project that will be produced in the second half of the programme.

Course details


Examples of current modules- 3D Industry Research (30 credits) This unit provides students with the opportunity to undertake a technical research project in an area of their specialism that will support their career aspirations and professional knowledge base. As well as emerging technologies and innovations in production pipelines some students may chose to use the unit as an opportunity for a more in-depth study into established techniques that are a key part of the industry they intend to progress onto. 3D Minor Project (30 credits) In this unit students will undertake a project that will allow them to explore and develop their 3D design, animation and modelling skills in a professional context which recognizes the need for specialization. Although there is a clear expectation that the unit will lead to a practical outcome students will be encouraged to work towards a prototype that allows for more opportunities for experimentation and development of techniques rather than focusing on the professional quality of the outcome. Team projects will be encouraged in this unit. Negotiated Specialist Project (60 credits) The focus of each student’s negotiated practice will evolve from their subject specialism and therefore integrate appropriate research, creative development and realisation within a defined context. Students will be required to produce an initial proposal as part of the negotiation of their area of investigation, undertake an extended piece of work, and to locate and rationalise their specialism in the context of relevant theories and cultural contexts

Assessment method

The course is assessed with one assignment per module. Students are encouraged to be creative through all assignments but must meet a certain criteria given by the tutor. Development of report writing and self-awareness / evaluation of own skills are built into assignments to enable students to develop themselves. A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following: • Review/Tutorials • Group Assessment • Portfolio of project work • Project presentations • Personal Development/Digital Diary • Research

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code843L
Institution code M10
Campus nameFielden Campus
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

• Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject Or • Higher National Diploma in relevant subject Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to attend an interview/provide a portfolio to assess the standard of you work to ensure you will succeed on a level 6 programme

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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UCEN Manchester
Ashton Old Road
M11 2WH

Clearing contact details

UCEN Manchester Clearing

0161 674 7777

Additional information

Monday-Thursday= 8.30am -4.30am Friday= 8.30am -4.00am August 15th= 7.30am-6.00pm

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3D Modelling and Animation for Games and Media (Top-Up) at UCEN Manchester - UCAS