Video game development is one of the fastest growing industries and this course allows you to develop the creative skills and understanding necessary to start making your own games.
The course boasts a diverse mixture of game design, art and development. By the end of your first year you will have produced a variety of game ideas and playable games, developed your 2D art skills, created 3D models to be used as in-game assets for your own level designs as well as making your very own game. You will learn how to generate unique game ideas and how to develop them using industry-practised techniques. You will be using industry-standard software tools such as Game Maker, Photoshop, UDK and Autodesk Maya.
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to enhance your learning experience through workshops, lectures from industry guest speakers, visits to game expos, course-related enrichment activities as well as having the opportunity to promote and sell your work to earn money.
In the second year you will work with increasing independence as you prepare for Higher Education and the world of work. You will study professional practice, portfolio preparation and finish your qualification with a final major project and a real exhibition of work at a Sheffield venue.
Approximately 30% of the course comprises theory and contextual work whilst 70% is practical. You will be expected to work independently on project work away from the college. Where necessary you will be required to study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade C. (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade C in both Maths and English).
The Design and Visual Arts department is a large well equipped department with highly trained staff, a customised print shop, digital and traditional darkrooms, Mac and PC suites, large well resourced studios, print making facilities and a variety of other resources. Equipment is available to hire, students can borrow cameras, graphics tablets, laptops and iPads from the stores. From September 2015 students choosing to study at our Hillsborough campus will do so in our new multimillion pound creative centre.
See what our students have been up to at www.designandvisualarts.co.uk
5 GCSEs at A* -C or acceptable alternatives. Must include English Language.
The course is assessed entirely by coursework. You will need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.
The next step could be a degree in games development or other Higher Education course within the games field including illustration, animation, design, programming or asset creation amongst others. Career opportunities include animator, modeller, games artist, game designer and many more.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is hardworking and motivated with a keen interest in the world of Computer Game Development. Prospective students should consider themselves to be creative, have some skill at drawing and play computer games.
You will be required to pay a £25 studio fee at the beginning of the academic year to contribute to course materials. The purchase of some specialist tools and equipment will also be required (eg sketchbooks and media storage). This should not exceed £150 p.a. Support with these costs may be available from the Learner Support Fund.