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Games Design - Level 3 (UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0032-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL UCAS Tariff: Pass: 36, Merit: 60, Distinction: 84

Why this course?

Our games design course will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to move into the fast-growing games industry. You will learn within a creative and supportive environment through a mix of taught sessions and industry-based projects. Furthermore, the work experience aspect of the course will give you a real insight into what this exciting industry is all about.

Entry requirements

You should have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths and evidence of your interest in the subject.

Entry requirements

Course content

Year 1

  • Media processes and technical skills
  • Digital animation
  • Design and research skills
  • 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

Year 2

  • 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.

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 to the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games with an intention of further study at university.

Degrees at the MET include the Northbrook MET FdA/BA courses in Games Development, Digital Experience Design or Graphic Design. 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

Additional information

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. 

Additional costs

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.

  • alumni Views Jamie Noble-Frier Games Design - UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology.

    “Paul taught me at college as I went back in my adult life to pursue a career in games illustration. I'm happy to say I'm one of his many success stories, landing a job in the games industry shortly after leaving college.”

  • alumni Views Isaac Howie-Brewerton Games Design - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology.

    “Studying on the Extended Diploma in Games Design taught me the skills I needed to pursue my dream and set up my very own game studio.”

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Potential Careers

Programmer or software development professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs.
  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions.
  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications.
  • Develops user interfaces.
  • Tests and corrects software programs.
  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development).
  • Implements and evaluates the software.
  • Plans and maintains database structures.
  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £25,097

AVERAGE £42,842


Desired Skills:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Science

Web design or development professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website.
  • Presents design options to the client.
  • Designs web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access.
  • Develops the website and applications.
  • Designs and develops web interfaces for relational database systems.
  • Establishes methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery.
  • Writes and publishes content for the website.
  • Tests website interaction and performance prior to going .
  • Activates the website.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £16,107

AVERAGE £27,534


Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
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