Games, Animation and Special Effects | UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0032-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and a creative subject, plus a portfolio of your creative work. Qualification: UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL UCAS Tariff: Pass: 36, Merit: 60, Distinction: 84 Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

Our games design course is the perfect start to launch a career in the games industry or to enable you to progress to further study at university. The course will provide you with the practical skills, techniques and knowledge to help your future career in this fast growing industry.

You will learn all aspects of game and concept design within a creative and supportive environment. Throughout the course there will also be opportunities to work with industry specialists on live briefs. Games industry work experience is a key feature of the course, enabling you to develop relevant vocational skills and experience.

Start dates

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Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and a creative subject, plus a portfolio of your creative work and evidence of your interest in the subject.

You have the opportunity to complete the UAL Diploma in the first year and then the Extended Diploma in the second year.

If you do not have the above grades, you can start with Level 2 Creative Media or Art and Design.

Entry requirements

Course content

Diploma - Year 1

  • Media processes and technical skills
  • Digital animation
  • Design and research skills
  • Life drawing, still life and 2D & 3D visualisation techniques
  • Professional practice
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Investigating audio production and technology
  • Visual production and technology
  • Interactive production and technology
  • Developing a creative media production project
  • Developing playable game levels or game concept art
  • Presenting work professionally 
  • Live work-related projects, linking in with employers from industry

Extended Diploma - Year 2

  • Drawing skills for games
  • 3D animation and game level design
  • Specialist design skills relevant to the games industry
  • 2D and 3D visual arts techniques
  • Research and critical thinking
  • Testing and analysing games
  • Developing a portfolio of design work preparing you for university/employment

Why the MET?

You will use industry standard software and hardware, including 3D printing, 3Ds Max, Adobe suite, GameMaker, Sculptris and Mudbox.

Benefit from research trips in the media industry, such as Comic Con and Tate Modern, and meet industry professionals to experience the processes, trends and practical pipelines of games production.

You will have the chance to take part in our spectacular end-of-year show which involves collaboration with students from other courses and have the opportunity to be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition.

Brighton is home to many games development companies such as Futurlab, Unity, Make Real, Boss Alien and The Chinese Room. The team have strong links with local employers who regularly work alongside the college in providing guest speaker input.

Industry professionals talk to our students, review portfolios, offer advice on new developments and the requirements of employers, offer internships and games testing opportunities and in some cases employ directly. 

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Facilities at Brighton MET

  • Access to a range of consoles including PS2, PS4 and Xbox
  • Industry level hardware using 3D work stations and game creation software
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced snacks and drinks

Facilities at Brighton MET

Work experience

Work experience can take a variety of forms such as work with an external company or on live projects, such as commissioned work from an internal or external client. Past work placements have included games testing for Futurlab, Gamania and Player Research to name a few and internships at PixelBlimp and Make Real.

Work experience or work related experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content where you can demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real setting. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio and provides the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.

We encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and demonstrates your willingness to give back something to your community.

What's next?

The majority of Level 3 Year 1 students progress onto the second year UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games Design.

On successful completion of the Extended Diploma, you could progress to a university-level course

Degrees at Northbrook College FdA/BA courses in Graphic Design and Illustration. Degrees at other universities can include Gaming, Character Animation, 3D Modelling, Interactive and Graphic Design.

Future careers include:

  • 2D animator
  • 3D animator
  • Game artist
  • 3D modeller
  • Level designer
  • Games designer
  • Project lead
  • Freelance artist

Course costs

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Level 3 Entitlement

 This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees.

Additional costs

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

You will be required to purchase drawing materials. A portable hard drive (500GB minimum) will also be beneficial to support your learning.

There may be some trips planned in the year which may incur incidental costs. 

You may wish to purchase resources appropriate to the presentation of your work especially for the final major project and final show such as presentation materials, structures or props.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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