Course Type: Higher Education

Higher National Diploma (HND) in Games Production

  • Course Code GAMHEF002A
  • Day All Week
  • Time Day & Evening
  • Start Date 16th September 2019
  • Fee Year 1: £5,995
    Year 2: £5,995
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Baltic Campus

An innovation for the industry; an example for educators. Our live studio simultaneously delivers real world work experience and a qualification. You will have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and use industry standard equipment to produce quality media products for various platforms and to contribute to stunning, exciting games and visual effects.

Experience practical and purpose-driven master classes, in which you will gain a broad mix of contemporary and traditional skill sets culminating in a comprehensive portfolio to assist you in getting a career in an exciting and ever expanding creative industry. The qualification will enable you to develop your transferable and high level academic, analytical and critical thinking skills. These fundamental skills will be key to not only your success on the course, but to your future career as a creative professional.


You will complete a HNC in year 1 and top this up to HND in the second year of study.


What will I study?

Year 1

  • Contextual studies and research techniques for creative media production
  • Practical skills for game animation
  • Drawing techniques for concept art
  • 2D digital graphics
  • 3D computer game engines

Year 2

  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Special subject investigation for creative media production
  • Career development for the computer games industry
  • 3D modelling, 3D environments and 3D animation
  • CGI rendering and lighting
  • 3D character animation


And when it's time to leave us...

Everything you do with us is about preparing you for a career in the industry, whether running your own business or acting as an invaluable member of someone else’s. Live briefs. Live projects. Live studio.


Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run all advertised programmes, this programme will run subject to learner recruitment numbers.

An interview is required.

How to apply

Applications can be made through UCAS; our institution code is G09. For more information you can contact us on 0191 490 2245.

How will I be assessed?

The most important thing you'll build on the course, aside from your confidence, is your portfolio. We'll assess you on your ability to produce excellent things to put in it, and you're ability to do it on time and in budget. We'll also get you to look at how the business works and how you might fit into it, and we'll test you on that too.

How will I be taught?

For most of the time you'll think you're in a job. You'll be in a studio, working on live, real and realistic briefs and actually generating product. You'll get masterclasses, tutorials, small group work, big group work, time to play and experiment, and experience of production workflows and studio dynamics that mirror the way the business actually works. And it may even be fun.

Qualifications needed

80 UCAS tariff points and a relevant Level 3 qualification (E.g. BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media).

GCSE English and Maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C)

Required experience

We welcome applications from mature students without these qualifications but with relevant experience.

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs(if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our finance support services on 0191 490 4627 or 0191 426 4329. Our support funds team can also be emailed at support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk