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Game Development

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Course Handbook

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Code: P3S8. Institution code Y70.

Click here to view York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.


Computer game development, which includes educational as well as recreational gaming, is a growth area within our sector and it has been identified in the government’s strategy for the digital economy as a key area for development. This course is therefore designed to provide specialist work-related skills and knowledge in a range of gaming sectors. 

This course will help further develop the skills, individual experiences and practical understanding necessary to achieve a successful career in the game development industry. You will study in an environment where emphasis is placed on employability and work-related knowledge, allowing you to gain insight into what life is really like in the industry and how you can apply your understanding into the workplace.

Our Approach

The programme is predominantly aimed at level4 HNC progressing students who aspire to excel within the Games Development industry. It is expected that students will have completed a related level 4 programme prior to starting the course, whether that be in game development or another relevant subject and made significant progress towards the creation of a games design and development portfolio during their education.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of HNC or equivalent level 4 qualification in a relevant subject.

Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience may be considered.

Course Length

The course will run for one year, split into two semesters of 15 weeks. 

Dates and Times

Course begins September 2021and will typically be timetabled for two full days a week.

Course Modules

  • Collaborative Project
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Game Development Studies
  • Mobile Game Development
  • Advanced Animation
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Narrative

Skills You Will Learn

  • Sector-specific practical skills
  • 3D modelling
  • Animation
  • Presentation skills
  • Rendering and lighting skills
  • Industry knowledge
  • Visual communication skills
  • Character art skills and creativity
  • Game mechanics and programming
  • Marketing techniques

Reasons to choose this course

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 a University Centre with exclusive access for higher education students

Career Progression

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma it is expected that students will seek to maximise their capabilities of entering the workplace through a Top-Up to a full BSC Degree.Students may seek entry level roles, as an animator, games developer, illustrator, web designer, computer graphics artist or even a multimedia specialist.


£7200 per year. Student Finance England funding is available via the direct.gov website.

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.

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