Computer Games Design

Derby College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd
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Course summary

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This course will prepare you for a career in the digital animation and games design industries. You will develop a range of creative and technical skills including computer games platform fundamentals and storytelling techniques. You will also develop your academic skills and knowledge/understanding of the creative industries. You will use industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite (Master Collection), Maya 3D and Unity. You will develop the skills required to take your creative ideas from initial stages to the final product. Throughout the programme, you will complete a range of live projects and receive expert guidance from experienced lecturers and industry professionals. The course will be delivered in 12 hours each week and taught in dedicated studio facilities. Delivery will consist of lectures, seminars, studio practice, online research and industrial engagement. You will be able to put learnt skills into practice through completion of project-based assignment, self-directed and online study that will enhance your own personal and professional development. You will be expected to undertake at least a further ten hours of self-study a week in addition to the taught hours. The programme consists of eight units including Computer Games Studies, Research Techniques for Creative Media, and 3D Game Engines. This programme is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by Pearson Edexcel. On satisfactory completion of the course, you will be awarded the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Creative Media Production This programme will run with a minimum of ten students.

Course details


Units include: •Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production •Research Techniques for Creative Media Production •Practical Skills for Computer Game Design •Computer Games Studies •Computer Games Techniques •3D Computer Game Engines •Music and Sound for Computer Games •Computer Game Storytelling Techniques

Assessment method

While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, reports, individual presentations, group presentations, interactive displays, seminars and case studies. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating personal and professional skills.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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 codeI101
Institution code D38
Campus nameJoseph Wright Centre
Campus codeJ

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points A minimum of 48 UCAS points or an Advanced Diploma, NVQ Level 3, Access to HE qualification or the equivalent.

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need: •A minimum of 48 UCAS points or an Advanced Diploma, NVQ Level 3, Access to HE qualification or the equivalent. You will also need: •Five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) to include English and Maths We also welcome applicants who do not have subject-specific qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience. You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6500 Year 1
England £6500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6500 Year 1
Scotland £6500 Year 1
Wales £6500 Year 1
International £12000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Prior to starting on the programme you will be sent an equipment list outlining the resources needed for studying the Games Design course The cost of these resources is not expected to be above £50.
Computer Games Design at Derby College - UCAS