About this course
The purpose of BTEC Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Game Development) is to develop you as professional, self-reflecting individual able to meet the demands of employers in the creative media business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.
The objectives of the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Game Development) are as follows:
- To equip students with Creative Media Production with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global creative media production environment.
- To provide education and training for a range of careers in creative media production including sound media, visual effects, motion graphics, web & app development, games development, journalism and film & television.
- To provide insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within Creative Media Production, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels.
- To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values.
- To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in creative media production, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in Creative Media Production or a related area.
- To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives.
- To support students to understand the local, regional and global context of creative media production and, for those students with a global outlook, to aspire to international career pathways.
- To provide students with opportunities to address contemporary issues facing the industry, and society at large, with particular emphasis on sustainability and the environment, recognising the role that creative media production plays in addressing these issues.
You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework, which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials, practical game design projects.
Teaching and Learning
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be taught by experienced lecturers whose knowledge and expertise are matched to the content of the modules on the course.
When not attending lectures or seminars, you will also be expected to study through independent learning. Independent learning plays a vital role in your studies and involves research, such as reading books and journal articles, preparing assignments and presentations, working on individual and group projects. You will have access to a variety of materials to support you in your learning, such as books, journals, lecture notes and a wide range of e-resources.
During one term, you will typically be attending four modules of 15 credits each. A taught 15 credit module consists of approximately 10 hours of Lecture content, 20 hours of seminar content and 10 hours of assessment practice. On top of this, you will be expected to spend around 100 hours on independent learning as a preparation for the module.
Course Entry Requirements
You will be expected to have at least one of the following:
- A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Creative Media Production
- A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.
- Other related Level 3 qualifications
- An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by a recognised institution
- An international equivalent of the above
- Related work experience
Plus you will usually have five GCSE subjects including Maths (or equivalent) and English Language at grade C or above is strongly recommended. We will normally accept Key Skills and Higher Diploma qualifications as the equivalent to GCSEs.
What if I don’t meet any of these entry requirements?
Even if you have few or no formal qualifications, you may be able to gain entry to the course if you have the required communication and learning skills, as well as the knowledge, experience and motivation to succeed.
You will be required to take and English and/or Mathematics skills test if you do not hold GCSE Maths and English qualifications or their recognised equivalent. You may also be interviewed for the course.
You may need to take an Access course or Foundation (Year 0) course first. If you have been away from academic study for a while, these courses are a great way to get you back into studying. Or if you have never studied before, they help you learn new study skills, essential for success in higher education.
Careers and employability
Pearson BTEC Higher National Diplomas are well-established and internationally recognised qualifications to offering graduates progression directly to employment. You will be able to apply for work as a game designer within the games, film and TV production industries.
On successful completion of your Higher National Diploma Creative Media Production (Game Development) you can progress directly to a 1-year degree top up in a relevant subject.
BTECs are work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. BTECs are widely recognised by the industry. The range of skills acquired on the course will be particularly relevant to creative media business such as games development, journalism, film & television, website & app development.
What you will cover
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME||UNIT LEVEL||UNIT CREDIT|
|HNCM 1||Individual Project - 4||4||15|
|HNCM 2||Creative Media Industries - 4||4||15|
|HNCM 21||Game Development Practice - 4||4||15|
|HNCM 22||Games in Context - 4||4||15|
|HNCM 23||Games Design - 4||4||15|
|HNCM 3||Professional Practice - 4||4||15|
|HNCM 30||Principles of Animation - 4||4||15|
|HNCM 31||Art Development - 4||4||15|
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME||UNIT LEVEL||UNIT CREDIT|
|HNCM 36||Collaborative Project - 5||5||15|
|HNCM 37||Personal Professional Development - 5||5||15|
|HNCM 44||Advanced Game Development - 5||5||30|
|HNCM 60||Advanced Animation - 5||5||15|
|HNCM 61||Advanced Modelling - 5||5||15|
|HNCM 70||Scripting for Games - 5||5||15|
|HNCM 71||Environment and Level Design - 5||5||15|
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