Develop the creative and logical skills needed to develop games that excite and delight gamers around the world. Our Game Development Foundation Degree covers 2D and 3D asset creation, game environments, game engines, programming languages, special effects, game theory and more, giving you all the skills you need to create your own games.
Blend artistic and programming elements to create games, effects and mechanics that when combined, help to form a game from the concept stage through to creation. You will explore game trends, game history and popular culture and mechanics. Additionally, you will explore and analyse game design and gameplay.
You will work across a variety of projects, developing multiple games design skills, understanding the theory of play and underpinning your designs and creations with practical 3D, 2D and programming knowledge. You will create game ready assets and environments and will script in game engines such as Unity and Unreal to make playable games.
By gaining an understanding of multiple disciplines, you will become an indie games developer able to produce games from scratch. To reflect industry practice we promote the use of agile workflows and industry events such as Game Jams and Game Societies.
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This is a University Centre Leeds course which is a part of and validated by Leeds City College and a member of Luminate Education Group.
A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject
BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects
Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits
GCSE English: Desirable – English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
GCSE Maths: Desirable – Maths Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.
International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria
Mature applicants: Leeds City College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.
*21 years and over at the start of the course
RPL claims: The course actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPL)
Interviews / audition: A successful interview where you will be asked to present a portfolio of work is required.
You will be given the opportunity to work across a wide range of projects, developing skills in multiple areas of game design, understanding the theory of play and underpinning your designs and creations with knowledge of 3D, 2D and Programming. Developing the workflows required to create game ready assets, environments and scripting in engines such as Unity and Unreal to make playable games. You will develop skills in implementing the assets you have created and integrate them with code to create an interactive and engaging playable game.
You will develop the following skills:
Innovative and creative thinking that prepares you for a role in the games industry or as an Independent Developer in your own right.
Critical understanding of contemporary computer games and the theory and psychology behind gameplay.
Self-discipline and independence as learners and the qualities needed to work in the game development sector
Critical thinking, study skills, academic writing and a range of professional skills to prepare you for employment
Smaller cohorts allowing more personalised teaching and learning.
Taught by practicing professionals.
Opportunity for networking and industry links.
The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and projects.
You will also be developed as a creative individual, learning to appreciate and apply the artistic, technical and narrative techniques that form the core of contemporary games development. Finally, you will become well versed in the real world of computer games, learning how the past, present and future of computer games are vital to your career and personal development. You will develop a range of skills that can be used across the creative industries, such as Arch Vis, Animation, TV & Film, 3D Product Visualisation and many others.
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