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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: P3R6. 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.


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.

Our Approach

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.

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.

Course Length 

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

Dates and Times

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

Course Modules

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

Skills You Will Learn

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

Reasons to study 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 University Centre with exclusive access for higher education students.

Career Progression

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.


£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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