FdA Games Development - Full Time

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Length 2 Years
Site West Durrington Campus Map
Attendance Full time
Course Code FHFGA1

About this Course

(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)


Games Design UCAS code: G610


Students on the FdA (Foundation Degree) course will develop a range of theoretical and practical skills that are needed within the games industry. The first year develops fundamental skills relating to games design and development (including programming, developing 2D graphics 3D modelling and game design theory) – these are then further extended in the second year, using industry-standard tools and technologies to gain practical experience of building a range of multimedia assets and prototype games.


All students studying Games at Northbrook can apply for a position at Northbrook’s student led game studio to gain important industry experience whilst studying.


The course has strong links with the games industry, including Studio Gobo, Nearlight, Fracture Games and Creative Assembly – this includes advice on course content; regular talks; critiques of student exhibitions and critiques of student portfolios.


Student Successes


  • Graduate works at acclaimed studio Splash Damage


  • Graduate is build engineer at Creative Assembly


  • Graduate is freelance 3D artist and lecturer

 

Course Content

The course will explore current development tools and technologies – allowing learners to develop skills using a range of industry standard tools and techniques. Learners will also develop transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem solving and research and analysis.


Year 1

Programming for Games

3D Modelling for Games

Designing Graphics for Games

Developing Professional Practice

Principles of Game Design

Individual Project


Year 2 Applied Programming for Games

Applied Modelling Techniques for Games

Environment Development for Games

3D Animation for Games

Collaborative Project


See Programme Specification...

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams - you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (individual and group) in a number of topics, such as: Game Programming; 3D Modelling and Animation; Developing Graphics; Game Design; Environment Development; Professional Practice; Project Management (individual and group).

Progression/Career Path

Upon successful completion of the course students may join a one year top-up BSc/BA (Hons) degree, employment or freelance work.


Career opportunities may include employment in the games industry, working in a variety of areas such as: games development (modelling, asset creation, coding), testing, web and graphics design, software development.

Entry Requirements

Interview and portfolio


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


  • BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
  • A Levels - with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)

  • International Baccalaureate: 24 points

  • Access Course alongside GCSE (minimum grade C) in at least three subjects including English Language and Mathematics. Key/Functional Skills Level 2 in Numeracy and Communications are recognised equivalents

  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 in all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Mature students without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.


Interview: Yes

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website:

Course Content

The course will explore current development tools and technologies – allowing learners to develop skills using a range of industry standard tools and techniques. Learners will also develop transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem solving and research and analysis.


Year 1

Programming for Games

3D Modelling for Games

Designing Graphics for Games

Developing Professional Practice

Principles of Game Design

Individual Project


Year 2 Applied Programming for Games

Applied Modelling Techniques for Games

Environment Development for Games

3D Animation for Games

Collaborative Project


See Programme Specification...

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams - you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (individual and group) in a number of topics, such as: Game Programming; 3D Modelling and Animation; Developing Graphics; Game Design; Environment Development; Professional Practice; Project Management (individual and group).

Progression/Career Path

Upon successful completion of the course students may join a one year top-up BSc/BA (Hons) degree, employment or freelance work.


Career opportunities may include employment in the games industry, working in a variety of areas such as: games development (modelling, asset creation, coding), testing, web and graphics design, software development.

Entry Requirements

Interview and portfolio


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


  • BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
  • A Levels - with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)

  • International Baccalaureate: 24 points

  • Access Course alongside GCSE (minimum grade C) in at least three subjects including English Language and Mathematics. Key/Functional Skills Level 2 in Numeracy and Communications are recognised equivalents

  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 in all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Mature students without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.


Interview: Yes

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website: