Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Games Design

  • Course Code AAA0441
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Baltic Campus

The UK games industry is the 3rd largest in the world and is going from strength to strength and we want you to be part of this dynamic, cutting edge sector. During the course, you'll get to develop an impressive range of digital skills, using industry-level software in our impressive facilities, setting you on a career path in the games industry and digital media economy.


  • Learn how to use 3D modelling software.
  • Create and complete 2D and 3D games using games engines.
  • Produce content for virtual reality.
  • Create and design assets, environments and characters for games.
  • Learn how to create animations.
  • Develop sound production skills.
  • Develop narrative writing skills.
  • Learn digital design techniques.


All students on the course are offered the opportunity to work with industry and take on commercial commission work.


Your learning will be developed by industry professionals, delivering marketable design and software skills in applications such as: 3DS Max, Zbrush, the Adobe Masters collection, Unreal Development Kit, Unity and others. You will also discover how the industry works and what you will need to succeed in a highly competitive future.


So, if you have a passion not just for playing games, but for creativity and the discovery of how the games and digital industries function then we are the right choice for you.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways, this could be the games you will make, or digital assets you produce in addition to more traditional assignments.


The course also acts as a pathway into Higher Education with the Extended Diploma being equivalent to three A levels. You can achieve up to 168 UCAS points on completion of this course


The place of study

This course is part of our Digital Academy. With Gateshead fast becoming the UK hub for digital companies, we've teamed up with some of the best creative organisations in the North East to make sure the courses we offer give you the skills you need to get the job you want.

Based at Baltic Campus, the Digital Academy combines state-of-the-art facilities with cutting edge subject knowledge from lecturers that really know their stuff following years of experience working in the industry.

You'll get the chance to follow professional briefs and complete commercial projects using all the latest equipment and software packages.

An interview is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes assignments, practical assessments, oral questions and written papers. Students produce a portfolio of evidence to support the assessment process.

Your work will be continuously assessed using assignments, case studies, and practical work.

How will I be taught?

The course is very practical, and is delivered by tutors with a wealth of experience.

Qualifications needed

This course is Level 3 - you will need to have the equivalent of at least four GCSEs at grade C (4) or above - preferably including English and maths. For vocational programmes, it would help to have a relevant qualification at Level 2 or appropriate expe

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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