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Higher National Certificate (HNC) Creative Media Production – Game Development

Subject Area
Digital Technologies
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
1 Year
£7,200 per year
Entry Requirements
Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels
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The HNC in Creative Media – Computer Games Development will help you develop the relevant skills and understanding required for progression into further qualifications and the games industry, covering topics such as research and design and the creation of graphics, animation and 3D games engines. The programme has been designed for students who are keen to develop the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in computer games development.  

The course is typically aimed at level-3 students who aspire to excel within the Games Development industry. Although typically expected that students will have completed a related level 3 programme prior to starting the course, we invite those from other areas who have personal experience in games design and development practices evidenced through a significant portfolio of projects undertaken which demonstrates an aptitude for creative, logical and critical thinking.

This course aims to enable you to develop a successful career in Games Design and Development engaging professionally with common challenges such as the specification, design, development and management of games for a range of platforms. 

It will provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge in a range of software used within a commercial environment, with professional development and research to develop the skills that employers value so highly. You will be enrolled as a full-time student at York College which has recently been awarded Institute of Technology status. This has enabled the college to invest in substantial improvements to digital equipment and University Centre with exclusive access for higher education students.

UCAS Code: P3R6

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Level 4
Individual Project
Creative Media Industry
Professional Practice
3D Modelling
Game Development Practices
Games in Context
Game Design
Principles of Animation

Entry requirements

32 UCAS tariff points. Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject e.g.: BTEC, A Levels. Or a level 3 qualification from a different subject area with a significant portfolio of evidence to demonstrate experience in creative, logical and critical thinking such as: Game projects, Programming, art and design. GCSE English and Maths at 4 or above is also required.

You will be required to provide a portfolio of evidence of your prior work relevant to your chosen course.

How will I be assessed

Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills through a combination of coursework and practical activities. A wide range of assessment styles are employed, such as: walkthroughs, practical work, portfolios of evidence, formal reports, seminars and presentations.

A full assignment schedule will be published at the beginning of the year to ensure that the workload is well balanced throughout the year.

Skills you will learn

Throughout the course students will develop skills in sector-specific practical skills, 3D modelling, presentation skills, rendering and lighting skills, industry knowledge, visual communication skills, character art skills and creativity and game mechanics and programming.

Method of delivery

Delivery will consist of lectures and practical workshops supported through the college’s “Blackboard” virtual learning environment and specialist tutors.

Students will have access to all required software, including Microsoft Visual Studio, Unity Games Engine, 3DS Max, Blender and the Adobe Suite.

All modules have embedded employability skills such as analytical thinking, problem solving, team working and interpersonal skills. The programme encourages lifelong learning by providing sufficient opportunity for self-directed learning and reflection, supported by professionalism modules and emphasis on portfolio generation.

Additional costs

There are no additional mandatory costs within the programme, however it is suggested that students engage with course materials outside of the college, therefore, access to a computer with course software would be an advantage.

Your next steps

It is expected that students will progress to the Level 5 Higher National Diploma Creative Media Production: Games Development programme, however with the knowledge, skills and behaviours in addition to a produced portfolio of evidence it is expected students may gain access into entry level roles within a range of creative media disciplines.

George Pickard Games Development

“I like the tutors and the way the course is delivered. Learning alongside other adults with the same interest is great. The University Centre for higher education students is a great facility with a warm atmosphere and is a real highlight of studying here.

This course is fun yet challenging and my overall experience has been great. I feel listened to and know I can go to my tutors who can help me with any issues.”

George Pickard
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