Level 3 Games Development
Mon Sep 07 2020
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Enter Player One! If you want to be part of the next generation of game developers, 3D modelers, concept artists, animators or all round gaming gurus, then level up your skill tree with our innovative games development course.
The UK games industry is worth £4.2billion and is growing at a rate of 10% a year, it directly employs over 20,000 people and is one of the most creative, challenging and dynamic career routes you can pursue.
Validated by the world renowned University of the Arts London (UAL), our game development course puts you in control of your own progress, choosing specialisms that suit you, push your potential and give you the confidence to work in this exciting industry. The beauty of the UAL qualifications are you are free to explore your potential, take creative risks and find the path that challenges and excites you.
Our highly experienced, friendly team work with you to level up your very own talent tree, skill up in 3D, digital and traditional graphics, game engines, VR, animation, story and narrative, audio production and get an intimate understanding of the creative design process that powers the industry.
“The best part of my job is seeing the students’ progress and develop. When the students produce their first playable game demo’s, I have such a proud teacher moment!” Heather Penten, Curriculum Leader.
You will get to work on live briefs for real companies, make real games, compete in Game Jams, win prizes, create a portfolio, interact with real game studios, meet friends for life and step onto the path that could lead you to your dream job.
With an investment of over £80,000 in the last few years, we have industry level kit, (we’re talking liquid cooled gaming rigs), industry standard software and our own VR lab.
Through the University Arts London (UAL) qualification you will build skills, competencies and confidence in the creative process. Learn how to reflect on your practice and unlock your creative potential. Assessment is formative, designed to help you be the best you can. Practical work, concept development, design and how you creatively problem solve will all be developed and you are only graded at the end of each year.
In year one this is the final major project, a body of work that shows your strengths and personal interests and based around where you excel. Reflecting your research, contextual design, presentation and, of course, your practical skills.
Top-up onto the extended diploma in year two and you will advance your skill set and professional qualities building towards the extended final major project, your chance to show how far you have come. Assessed on your professional portfolio of work, you will be ready to progress to university or the other exciting next steps in your creative career.
Our highly experienced, friendly team work with you to level up in 3D, digital and traditional graphics, game engines, VR, animation, story and narrative, audio production and an get intimate understanding of the creative design process that powers the industry.
We are keenly aware that college is different to school and the team work hard to create a studio like environment to prepare you for your budding career in the games and other creative sectors.
We believe that hard work wins, challenge is a good thing, diverse teams make great products and that people do their best when given the opportunities to take creative risks and do what they are passionate about.
We work hard to make fantastic partnerships with employers to give you experience of the world of work. All our students will undertake commissioned work for a range of companies both in and outside of the games industry. Career development is central to our courses and we continually work to gain you relevant, real world experience. Currently we work with leading technology companies such as PROTO, Sumo Digital and Tombola, to name a few.
We also participate, and are reigning champions, in a number of externally set Game Jams, they’re our favourite thing!
In addition we promote a ‘beyond entertainment" approach where your newly developed skills may be transferred into other fields such as games for education and the gamification of everything. This is highlighted in our partnership with Northumbrian Water, where students are currently working an exciting range of projects.
The Games team will support you throughout the years to take your next steps, be that with us on one of our HNC/HND Games Development courses or alternatively a degree at university.
You’ll get to meet industry professionals and network with other creatives building your profile and making valuable contacts that could lead to job opportunities. Want to go down the entrepreneurial route? We’ve got you covered there too with our Beacon Award winning Careers team and their expert advice.
“I have gained skills and confidence, made friends, got opportunities to work with professionals. And my VR work was shown in The Great Exhibition of the North… I’m happy!”
Alison Demidova, former Level 3 Games Development student, now studying our HND Games Development
“The more and more I think about it, going onto the second year of the Games course has been the best experience of my life and the smartest decision ever and I know staying longer will only benefit me in the long run!”
Dafydd Moody, Level 3 Games Development student
Four GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, or equivalent, preferably including English and maths.
For vocational programmes, it would help to have a relevant qualification at Level 2 or appropriate experience.
An interview is required.
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 email@example.com
Find out more about finance & funding here.
Whatever support you need, we’re here for you and will make sure you get the most out of your time at college.
We have expert teams in place to look after every single one of our students.
Our specialist teams can help with:
- Learning difficulties
- Physical and sensory disabilities
- Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Aspergers or other specific learning difficulties
- Mental health and well being
- Exam access arrangements
- Money, finance and bursary advice
- Careers advice, job and university applications