University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute

Computer Games with 3D Modeling and Animation University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Essex


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This exciting degree programme introduces you to the artistic and narrative aspects of computer games design, programming, 2D/3D modelling and animation. The course enables you to develop applied research practices, industry entrepreneurship and employment skills including applying gaming technologies to the real world such as designing virtual landscapes for marketing. The course has been developed in association with regional media providers and computer games specialists in order to stay future-proof in the every growing creative and digital media industry. Our course is aimed at providing students with the skills to develop their creative and technical design skills in the games industry. With the ever-changing nature of technology, for both leisure and the workplace, this degree aims to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in a range of industry fields.

Students will be able to use brand new facilities in the UCC teaching centre to develop their ideas and build professional portfolios using specialised equipment and up-to-date games development platforms. Games consoles including the latest XBoxes, PlayStations and retro consoles will be available for students to develop their understanding of the evolution of the computer games industry.

The degree course is validated by the University of Essex and students will be working alongside the Games Hub at the Knowledge Gateway to enhance their studies, along with visits to games industry conventions and talks by industry professionals.

University Centre Colchester’s specific focus on industry-related learning provides students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in today’s dynamic employment sectors, with the courses developed in conjunction with local employers.

Course details


The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 20 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Further information on the modules currently offered on this programme can be found on the University Centre Colchester website.

Assessment method

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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 code I620
Institution code C75
Campus name Colchester Site
Campus code -

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

International applicants

Applicants applying from outside of the UK will need to provide evidence of their qualifications, English level and passport/visa documents. University Centre Colchester requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Normally 96 UCAS Points
Interview with a relevant portfolio of work
Access to Higher Education qualification also accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma An overall pass grade is accepted alongside a successful interview and appropriate portfolio of work.

Additional entry requirements


All applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the course team.


A portfolio of previous work will be required to be brought to the interview.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Applicants applying from outside of the UK will need to provide evidence of having an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,250 Year 1
EU £8,250 Year 1
International £8,250 Year 1
England £8,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,250 Year 1
Scotland £8,250 Year 1
Wales £8,250 Year 1

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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