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Entry Requirements

GCSE English and maths grade A*-C (grade 9 - 4) and a UCAS Tariff score of 120-160 from a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access Course.

Some knowledge of programming with an interest in the games development process is advantageous.

For further details on entry requirements, please see the Higher Education Guide 2015-16 on our website.

Who is the course for

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in the computer games or visual effects industries. Students will be taught how to use industry-standard tools and techniques to build a portfolio to prepare them for these exciting and lucrative fields.

Course Content

Mandatory units:

  • Business skills for e-commerce
  • Computer systems
  • Employability & professional development
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation.

Specialist units include:

  • Quality systems in IT
  • Video production
  • Digital video post-production and editing
  • Multimedia design and authoring
  • 2D, 3D and time-based digital applications
  • 3D computer modelling and animation
  • 3D Character animation for computer games
  • Digital image creation and development
  • Computer games design and development
  • Level design for computer games
  • Human computer interaction
  • Digital media in art and design.

Study Methods

The study programme is composed of 15 hours per week of lectures where students engage in a number of modes of study, including group work, presentations and practical workshop style teaching. Outside of lecture time students are expected to engage in an additional 18 hours of independent study which includes research, portfolio development and assignments.

How is the course assessed

Assessment is through a series of assignments including written assignments, group work and presentations.

Where next - Further Studies

Students may progress onto the final year of BSc degree and MSc programmes after suitable post-diploma experience.

Students have progressed onto the final year of a degree course at Bournemouth University.

Where next - Job Opportunities

Employment in a wide range of computing careers and roles with the computer games industry. Jobs roles include games designer,

level designer, interface designer or games tester.

More Information

Students will attend college for 15 hours - over three days.

For further information, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last updated: 9 November 2016.

How to Apply

All applications for HND courses are through Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit

For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Information, Advice and Guidance team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Mon 25 September 2017

Starts: 25/09/2017

Duration: 64 Week(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00