Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Taunton Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who has a keen interest in creative digital media and in particular games design. If you have an interest in how the games industry works and how games can be created then this is the course for you! Although people that enrol on this course enjoy playing games, this should not be the sole reason you choose to do this course as there is only a very small minority of playing games and the vast majority is learning how the industry works.

What does the course involve?

The course covers the general aspects of how the industry works and also the skills that are involved in creating games. This is covered in a range of theoretical and practical teaching sessions.

The theoretical elements of the course look at subjects including Media Representation, Pre-Production Portfolio, Media Campaigns, Responding to a Commission, Working in the Creative Media Industry, Digital Media Skills and Specialist Subject Investigation. All of these units will look at how the industry works and prepare you to understand the theoretical backgrounds behind the games industry.

There are also practical subjects that are taught within this course which cover specific skills that can be used within the industry, these include App Production, Digital Games Production, Games Testing, Games Engines Scripting, 3D Modelling and 3D Digital Animation.

What makes this course special?

There are a number of different reasons that make this course special; one is the excellent team that teach on the course who are both enthusiastic about teaching and playing games. The computer rooms that are provided at the college have up to date industry standard software installed that is used by professional games companies keeping the college up to date within the industry.

Placements/Work Placements

There are a number of different work placements offered on this course; in the past students have worked with external clients to create 3D digital animations, creating concept art and developing computer games. Students also go out on work placements to work in comic book shops, indie game developers and media companies.

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs grades A* – C (9 - 4) including English and Maths or a Merit in an appropriate level 2 qualification.

What are the assessment methods?

The course is assessed in a number of different ways; the majority of the subjects within this course will be internally assessed through assignment work graded at pass, merit and distinction depending on the quality of the work that is submitted. Some of the units on the course are externally assessed using different methods either through an on-screen exam or an external controlled assessment.

How long is the course?

2 years, full time.

What are the College attendance requirements?

The college expects 100% attendance across all areas of study programme whether this is the Games lessons, work placement, enrichment or Maths and English. Students are expected to be in College for a minimum of 15 hours a week; although they are not limited to this as the learning resource centre and other areas are open throughout the week for extra study time.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

There are no compulsory additional costs that come with this course, however, we recommend you attend all educational study visits and residential including Euro-gamer, EGX, Insomnia, Warner Bro’s Studio, and London, Barcelona and New York residential.  Educational visits will come at a small cost to each learner through a variety of prices depending on the trip. Residential will be sourced at competitive prices. If you want to achieve highly in this course you will need to complete coursework and study in your own time and to do this we recommend having a PC/Laptop available to you during your evenings/weekends.

What are the progression options?

There are a number progression options available after this course; you can choose to continue your studies here at Bridgwater and Taunton College. This is a natural progression route as it will lead directly on from what you study at level three all the way up to level six, covering a range of different topic areas within the games industry including Sound for Games, Advanced Games Programming, and Games AI etc. You can also choose to study elsewhere again in a general games development degree or you can choose to study something more specific e.g. 3D Modelling, Games Programming etc.

You also have the option to go straight into industry although this is very difficult without having a degree but it is possible with a very strong portfolio of work.

Destinations

Many of our students choose to continue their studies at higher education after they have finished their course. A distinct number of students choose to continue here at Bridgwater and Taunton College whilst others study elsewhere to fulfil their ambition of working within the Games Industry.

Awarding Body

Pearson – BTEC

Further Information