Game Development HND

Game Development HND

Throughout this HND Games Design course, you will undertake theoretical and practical assignments to create your own game designs and animation artefacts. You will learn the processes involved in creating games as well as studying how the games design industry works. You will look at key players in this exciting industry, through both AAA games companies and emerging indie games developers.

You will also get the chance to pitch your own ideas and create your own artefacts as portfolio pieces. You will be able to use to support your progression onto BA/BSc (Hons) in Game Design/Development or directly into an exciting employment within the games industry or creative industry sectors.

The course uses a range of software including Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, Maya, Blender, Substance and Photoshop.

This qualification is achieved over two years where you will need to complete this first year at HNC Level (L4) to progress onto the second year at HND (L5).

*This course is subject to approval.

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE English and Maths, 9 - 4 (A* - C) Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken plus one of the following:

A Levels - At least 2, grades BB

Vocational - BTEC Level 3, grades Merit Merit Pass

Access Diploma - in Art and Design

Ideally, you will already have a qualification in a relevant subject such as Games Design, Art or Illustration & Media or Film Studies. Some experience of Games Design will also be required through a portfolio of work.

If you are over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

Future career and study opportunities

This course is designed for people who want to pursue a Games Design or Games Development career across a range of industries.

On successful completion you will have the opportunity to progress onto a second or third ‘top up year’ of a related degree. Alternatively, you may wish to move directly into employment.

The skills you will learn on this course are relevant to Games, VFX, Film and TV. There are opportunities to work for a private organisation, as a freelancer or as an Indie Games Developer from your own workspace.

Example job roles include: Assistant Games Producer, Marketing Executive in Games, Gameplay Designer, User Experience (UX) Designer, 3D Modelling Artist, Animator for Games, Visual Effects (VFX) artist or a Games Programmer.


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