The Higher National Diploma in Games, Art and Design has been structured to meet the needs of a constantly evolving industry. This two year course aims to ensure that you leave with a skillset required for a career in games production.
The course is primarily art focused with a heavy emphasis on the development of traditional art skills i.e. mark making, sculpting etc. These traditional skills will form the foundation for digital work. You will develop expertise in the use of software such as Z Brush and 3D Studio Max for high and low poly modelling and Photoshop for digital painting and texturing.
You will also develop skills in 2D &3D character and environment production as well as advanced rigging and skinning for character animation. You will be encouraged to demonstrate your work in a games context using real time engines such as Unity and UDK.
Further areas of study will also involve games story development, games genres and contextual and cultural influences within Art and Design.Projects will conform to common practice in the industry within an environment fashioned to closely simulate a studio environment.
•Visual communication in art and design
•Ideas Generation and Development in art and design
•Contextual and cultural referencing in art and design
•Professional practice in art and design
•Personal development through drawing
•3D computer modelling and animation
•Fine art digital applications
•Computer game design principles
•Project design,implementation and evaluation
•Digital media in art and design
•Practical skills for computer games design
•Fine art sculpture
•Drawing in fine art
•Level design for computer games2D, 3D and time based digital applications
Specialist options will be offered in one of the following 3 areas:
3D modelling for computer games
3D environments for computer games
3D character animation for computer games
1. Teaching and Learning Sessions- knowledge will be developed through lectures, group discussion, research and idea generation activities. You will be encouraged to develop academic and practical skills through individual and group reflection upon learning.
2. Practical Workshops -Within these sessions you will be expected to work autonomously on your current practical assignment work. Sessions will be timetabled in the IT and Design Studios.
3. Seminars -Within these sessions lecture based material will be presented and expanded by subject specialist teachers.
4. Independent Study- Throughout the programme you will be required to actively engage in independent study. Guidance will be provided by each subject specialist. You can expect to be developing art and design skills, pursuing research, producing written reports and evaluations in response to the activities within the teaching and learning sessions. A key aspect of your independent study will be the maintenance of a sketchbook through which you will develop your observational drawing skills. In addition to your timetabled lessons you will be expected to commit to independent study per module.
5. Personal Tutors and Personal Development Planning -You will be encouraged to meet regularly with your designated personal tutor. Your welfare, standards of work, progress and any barriers to learning will be regularly discussed within these meetings.
6. Employability/Career/Progression Preparation -During the programme a number of employability and personal progression events and activities will be available.
For details of assessment methods, feedback and future progression go to www.coventrycollege.ac.uk
There are opportunities to join other creative industries such as Film, TV, Graphic Design or Automotive industries. Alternatively learners could progress onto the 3rd year of the BA (Hons) in Game Art or Games Design to further their studies.
How to apply
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!
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|Campus name||Henley Campus|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||80 points|
|A level||C||3 x A Levels with a grade C or above in an Art/Graphics based subject.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMP||Two Merit grades of above in an Art/Graphics based subject.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||Desired grade C or above in GCSE English/maths.|
Additional entry requirements
Successful candidates must produce an artwork portfolio for review at interview.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£5,500||Year 1|