Games Design - Oldham College

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What will I study?

Are you ready to take your first steps towards an exciting career in Games Design? Do you have an excitement, passion for learning how to create and get excited about creating the content and artwork for Games? If so, this is the right course for you. During your time on our Games courses you will learn a variety of skills to help you on your journey in to this exciting area of the digital and creative industry.  

The skills you will practice, develop and master include hand drawing skills, 2 & 3D Animation, Video & Audio editing techniques on the course. You will develop skills in areas such as creating concept art for character development, games environments and asset creation, creative and perspective drawing, video editing and 2D,3D, Stop motion animation and 2D, 3D Games Environment Design.

During your studies, you will be using, learning and developing the above aspects with the use of the Adobe Creative Suite in Photoshop, illustrator, In Design and Premiere. Also you will learn 3Ds Max, Maya, Mudbox, Unreal Engine, Traditional Drawing Techniques plus so much more.

You will also learn how to present your work to a professional standard and develop a range of sketchbooks of your studies and course work. You will develop a digital and traditional portfolio that will support future applications for University, Employment or an Apprenticeship.

You will be taught through a range of workshop classes from tutors with current up to date industry experience and skills.

Art, Design & Media : Level 1 Full Time (1 Year course)

This is a general art and design course that will enable you to build traditional manual and digital skills for entry to level 2.

Diploma in Games Design  : Level 2 Full Time (1 Year course)

  • Introduction to creative media methods and skills
  • Introduction to production techniques in creative media
  • Understanding an audience in creative media production
  • Contextual research for creative media production
  • Exploring audio production and technology
  • Exploring visual production and technology
  • Exploring interactive media production and technology
  • Personal project and presentation in creative media production

Extended Diploma Games Design : Level 3 Full Time (2 year course 

  • Introduction to visual language in art and design
  • Introduction to research skills in art and design
  • Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design
  • Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
  • An integrated approach to 2D problem solving in art and design
  • An integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art and design
  • An integrated approach to time-based problem solving
  • Developing an art and design project
  • Opportunities for progression in art and design
  • Characteristics and contexts in art and design
  • Preparation for progression in art and design
  • Engaging with an audience in art and design
  • Project proposal and realisation in art and design

Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience in your industry and that as part of your time on your course you will complete work experience. We ensure you have a wide range of opportunities to do this and often we have clients with live briefs and working with practitioners in the creative industries who set us project work to complete in teams. We will support you finding work experiences and have a team dedicated to contact employers. Industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism attend and speak to our Games students regularly, who will broaden your understanding of the career routes you may choose to progress to after you finish your study and training.

How will I be assessed?

You are continually assessed to establish what you have learnt from each module and assignment.

To ensure you are ready for a demanding and successful career in the Creative Industries many of your assessments are in line with the industry standards and protocols. This means you may be asked to pitch your ideas, present information to communicate to an audience or work with an employer to create a solution and outcome for a project. With each project you will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence which is also formally assessed by your tutors at different points through the year. Your feedback will be kept on our digital assessment platform at final assessment points but tutorials will discuss your progress and set you new and stretching targets.

Your final grade is assessed through your final major project where you will use a selection of the skills and techniques you have learnt, practised and developed on the course. This project is examined by external moderators and is exhibited for your peers and tutors to assess.

Maths & English

  • If you are studying maths and English, you will have a final examination to test your knowledge.

What will this lead to?

  • A range of careers you could go into are

      • Games Concept ,Asset & Environment Artist
      • 2D/3D/Stop Motion Animator
      • Illustrator
      • Product Designer
      • Interactive artist
      • Teacher
      • Technician
      • Sculptor
      • Architect
      • Games Tester
      • Web Designer
      • Graphic Designer
      • Mobile App Content Designer
      • Video & Audio Editor

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

 

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

 

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

 

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

 

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Games Design

Faculty: Digital Design and Media

Attendance Options: Full Time

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