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Title: Games Design

Pathway: Digital

Available Study Options:
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Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

Are you ready to take your first steps towards an exciting career in Games Design?

Do you have an excitement and passion for learning how to create, and get excited about creating the content and art 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
  • 2D and 3D Animation
  • Video & Audio editing techniques.

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, 2D and 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, InDesign and Premiere. 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)

Core areas on this course include:

  • 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)  

Core areas on this course include:

  • 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 experience in the industry, so 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 - we often have clients with live briefs, and work with practitioners in the creative industries who set us project work to complete in teams.

We will support you in finding work experience and have a team dedicated to contact employers. Industry masterclasses and guest speakers attend College to speak to our Games students regularly. Attending these talks will broaden your understanding of the career routes you may choose to progress to after you finish your studies 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 tutor(s) at different points through the year. Your feedback will be kept on our digital assessment platform at final assessment points, but in tutorials you will discuss your progress and set 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 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?

You can progress into a range of careers, including:

  • 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 Courses : 
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). 

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

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

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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 be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

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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.

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