If your ambition is to have a career in game design, animation or VFX, either in a specialism or in a more general role, becoming highly skilled, well-trained and qualified in the field is an essential first step. This one-year Level 4 qualification in Game Development is an advanced, technical qualification co-developed with London South Bank University (LSBU) and employers, delivered in a supportive Technical College environment with contemporary facilities.
Gaining this industry-led qualification will not only provide you with a direct route to Higher Education, including direct entry to the second year of some of London South Bank University’s Bachelor’s degrees, it also will further your skills in designing, programming, testing games and further your understanding and experience of their marketing needed to fast-track your entry into the exciting and fast-moving world of game development and its related industries.
Through immersive, project-based working, you will explore everything from game design, character development, concept art and animation to digital painting and 3D modelling and VFX, enabling you to develop a diverse skillset to take into a successful career in the industry. You will use industry standard equipment and software including, for example, Photoshop, Unity, Blender, Premiere Pro and After Effects, and work on live briefs and projects focussed around working with professional clients in the industry.
When undertaking practical assessments you will be supported by industry-professional lecturers to perform to an industry standard, either working within a team or on your own, using your own initiative to research required topics. Students will be able to access some of London South Bank University’s specialist facilities and benefit from the expertise of the University lecturers via master classes and other activities, whilst studying in small groups in a supportive College environment.
Why study Games Development?
Study this course at the new London South Bank Technical college (LSBTC) in Nine Elms, London’s buzzing Zone 1.
You will undertake industry related enrichment visits and experiences to enhance your learning experience. It will work on live project briefs, get equipment demonstrations, with an opportunity to attend events and go on work experience.
Bringing together students, apprentices, employers, industry experts and teachers, this new technical college offers work-based education for students, designed in partnership with businesses across London. It is hands-on learning, where other students become your co-workers on team-based projects
5 GCSE qualifications at grade A*-C or 9-4 (to include Maths and English)
A-Levels plus GCSE Maths and English
Relevant Level 3 vocational qualification in a creative industry discipline
Relevant Access to Higher Education qualification in a creative industry discipline
All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.
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Missing English and Maths qualifications?
If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at Southbank College site.
The course is structured through different projects which explore fundamental skills allowing for more in depth practice through Game Design, 2D and 3D Modelling and Animation, Game Development Practices and VFX. You will also work on components that develop your understanding of context, creative media practice and professional practice before pulling all of your skills together in an individual project.
You will study a range of units including:
Creative Media Industry
Specialist mandatory units:
Game Development Practices
Games in Context
On successful completion, you can develop a career in the computing sector in roles such as:
Games / web / mobile Application Designer/Developer, Animator, Software Designer/Developer, UI/UX Designer, Product Designer, AR/VR Developer
In addition, this course could lead to direct employment in a variety of creative industry roles, such as marketing, publishing, branding, sound and visual media, retail merchandising, design agencies and community arts organisations.
After successfully passing the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Media Production (Film and TV), you may wish to progress to Higher Education, including the opportunity to progress straight to year 2 of either London South Bank University’s Film & TV degree or its Media Production degree.
Teaching and Assessment
For all modules summative assessment consists of 100% coursework.
Your acquisition of knowledge and understanding will be assessed by project-based tasks, including the practical demonstration of skills and presenting research in reports and presentations.