Higher National Diploma (HND) Games Production

Start Date

Tue Sep 17 2024

Day / Time



1 year



Higher National Diploma (HND) Games Production

Take your passion for Gaming to the next level with our HND in Games Development at Gateshead College, our 2 year HND in Games Development provides you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to kick-start an exciting career in the games industry.

Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and cutting-edge techniques shaping interactive entertainment today. Our course covers everything from cultural contexts and 3D design to programming and project management. You'll gain contextual knowledge essential for creating innovative, socially responsible games.

Bring your game ideas to life through our iterative development process. Explore, test, and refine your concepts with guidance from experienced tutors. Build your portfolio as you progress from paper prototypes to finished products using industry-standard tools like Unity, Unreal and 3Ds Max.

Develop your technical abilities to thrive as a game developer, programmer, or designer. Our facilities boast state-of-the-art labs kitted out with the latest hardware and software. You'll also benefit from guest lectures by working professionals.

This challenging yet rewarding course will equip you with the practical skills and professional behaviours needed to launch your dream career. Join our vibrant community of creators and make your mark on the future of gaming. Apply today to turn your gaming passion into a profession!

Year 1 (HNC - Module A: Process & Practice) 

  • Contextual Knowledge: Dive deep into the historical milestones and genres that have shaped the gaming industry. Learn how disciplines, platforms, and uses have evolved over time.
  • Ideas Generation and Development: From initial research to polished game design, develop your ability to generate, storyboard, and test ideas effectively.
  • Technical Knowledge and Skill: Gain proficiency in 3D visual techniques, games engines, hardware and software essentials, and work management processes like quality assurance.
  • Professional Practice: Familiarise yourself with industry roles, ethics, project management essentials, and the nuances of effective communication. 

Software Utilised:

  • Photoshop
  • Unity
  • Unreal
  • Blender
  • 3DS Max
  • Substance

Year 2 (HND - Module B: Professional Creative Practice)

  • Contextual Knowledge: Understand the economic forces driving the games industry, informed by cultural and critical concepts.
  • Ideas Generation and Development: Master advanced techniques like concept development and critical reflection as you learn to develop your own briefs and proposals.
  • Technical Knowledge and Skill: Up your game with scripting, and visual production methods, ensuring the highest quality for your projects.
  • Professional Practice: Learn the ins and outs of stakeholder collaboration, project planning, career development, and strategic communication. 

Software Utilised:

  • Unreal
  • Unity Engine
  • 3Ds Max/Blender/Substance
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Advanced Scripting Tools

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