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The HND Games Development course from BTEC (Pearson) is an industry wide recognised and respected level 4 & 5 vocational qualification. The course is designed to enhance the skills and techniques you have covered at level 3, or in employment, and improve them in readiness for your career choice or further study.
The course is delivered over 2 years with a HNC 1st year followed by the HND
When complete you have the option of moving into employment or finding a suitable university to complete your top up degree, to gain a full Bachelor degree.
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.
Units below are subject to change depending on industry requirements.
Year 1 (HNC)
• Individual research project - leading to the design and creation of a
• Professional practice - developing awareness in the opportunities and challenges within the game industry.
• Games development practices - key underpinning skills and theories in the planning and development of video games.
• Game in context - explores the social, cultural and economic impact of the games industry.
• Creative media industry - explore the games industry and its production practices.
• Principles of animation – develop the skills and techniques used in animation.
•3D Modelling - introduction to the concepts and tools of 3D modelling.
• Games Design – creating games.
Year 2 (HND)
• Professional development – understanding the transition from study to
freelance and employment.
• Narrative – as games move towards a more cinematic approach, we look at how narrative plays a part.
• Advanced game development – underpinning the necessary skills to work as a game’s developer.
• Emerging technologies – investigate new technologies and the impact on the game industry.
• Collaborative project – understanding team working skills and how they are needed I the games industry.
• Advanced 3D modelling – detailed techniques for 3D Modelling software.
• Scripting for Games – develop practical skills in in scripting for games engines.
Unity, Unreal, Blender, 3Ds Max, Adobe Creative Suite
Course content is the same at the time of publication, some units can be subject to change depending on industry requirements. Applicants will be contacted if any changes are made.
Links with local businesses in the digital sector, including Proto and Infinity 27, mean we can adapt to changes in the industry and access professionals for their experience and advice. This might include work experience opportunities, guest speakers or visits to games conferences.
Requirements for the course are Merit at UAL or MMP at BTEC L3. If you have not achieved these grades your applications are still welcome but will be subject to an interview and portfolio check. GCSE English and Maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C).
We welcome applications from mature students without these qualifications but with relevant experience.
An interview is required.
The fee shown is the fee you will pay per year of study. For example, if the course lasts for one year, this is the full fee you will pay. If the course lasts for one or more years, this is the fee you’ll pay per year of study. There may be additional costs for equipment, uniforms or study resources which we’ll let you know about at your course interview.
Many of our learners will apply for a Student Loan to help cover these fees. Our friendly team can help you through this process and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 490 2294 or via Live Chat.
Please note: The fee shown may be subject to change. If this happens, you will be contacted directly before the course is due to start. All courses will run subject to sufficient student numbers.
You can choose how you would like to apply to this course. You can either start your application to us directly by selecting the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page. Or you can choose to apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com. The institution code for Gateshead College is G09 and the course code for this course is 0061.