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Creative Media Production & Technology – Games Design & Development

UAL Extended Diploma Level 3

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Digital Games Design & Development - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma AF-DGDE3E-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

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Housed in our new Gaming & Creative Design Studios, the multidisciplinary nature of this course will allow HSDC Alton to offer you the very best experience when working in this field. You will learn about the games industry; from devising a concept to developing a working prototype using industry-standard applications.

HSDC Alton has invested heavily in both new hardware and software, based on the input from industry experts to ensure you start off right on this exciting course. Over the two years, you will gain both technical and non-technical skills that are highly regarded by the industry. We will provide you with all the relevant software to enable you to develop and hone your skills outside of the classroom. This will be a fully digital course, utilising a range of different digital resources and submission of assignments.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

The course will be two years, where you will cover a mixture of specialist application and industry specific skills. During the first year, the focus is on the industry skills, Higher Education and industry visits.

On this Level 3 course you will be studying:

  • Digital Media Skills
  • Media Campaigns
  • 3D Modelling
  • Games Engine Scripting using Unreal
  • 3D Digital Animation
  • Sound Design
  • Working in the Creative Media Industry

Using the latest hardware and software technology, aligned with industry practice in games development, you will have the opportunity to acquire real-world skills and experience in this emerging industry. You will be using software from Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Audition, Unreal Engine, Game Maker and Unity.

This course will include a variety of teaching methods using online digital resources, with you developing a range of portfolios in various different formats. Where appropriate, guest speakers and industry experts will be invited in to provide insight into games development.

Assessments will largely be project-based, leading to a collaborative project at the end of each year.

After successfully completing this course, you could progress onto a university degree, Level 4 Apprenticeship in Games Development or another relevant industry.

We are well placed to benefit from the successful and growing games industry based in Guildford and enjoy good links with the University of Portsmouth and Chichester University.

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook