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BTEC Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Production (Game Development)
Department of Art & Creative Multimedia Design

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Awarding Body  Pearson Education Course Title  HNC Creative Media Production (Game Development)
Award  BTEC Higher National Certificate  Award Level  RQF 4
UCAS Code 354G Study Mode  Full-Time
Start Dates September 2018 and February 2019 Duration 1 year
  1. About this course
  2. What you will cover
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. How to apply
  5. Fees and Finance
  6. Careers and employability
  7. Professional Recognition

About this course

The purpose of BTEC Higher National Certificate 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 Certificate in Creative Media Production (Game Development) are as follows:

  • To equip students with Creative Media Production (Game Development) 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 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.

Assessment

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.

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 Certificate is well-established and internationally recognised qualification to offer 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.  

Graduates can also progress to HND Creative Media Production (Game Development)  awarded by the Pearson Education LTD.


Professional Recognition

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

    You will study these modules:


Year 1
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
HNCM 1Individual Project - 4415
HNCM 2Creative Media Industries - 4415
HNCM 21Game Development Practice - 4415
HNCM 22Games in Context - 4415
HNCM 23Games Design - 4415
HNCM 3Professional Practice - 4415
HNCM 30Principles of Animation - 4415
HNCM 31Art Development - 4415

Online Application & Eligibility Assessment

Note: Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail.

Apply through UCAS [Prefered]

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
  Duration
Higher National Certificate £6,165.00   1 year
Higher National Diploma
£6,165.00   2 years
Foundation Degree FdA £6,165.00   2 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £6,165.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
£6,165.00   1 year

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
  Duration
Higher National Certificate
£4,500.00   2 years

Higher National Diploma

£4,500.00   3 years
Foundation Degree FdA £4,500.00   4 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £4,500.00   5 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

£4,500.00   2 years

 

Undergraduate funding (2018/19)

Student Finance England

Full-time study
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detailed information.

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

https://studentfinance.campaign.gov.uk/

Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £11,354 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.

The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you may be eligible for.

Part-time study
If you are a part-time student on a degree course you can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,625 per year. The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees. Your maintenance loan will be paid at pro-rata of full time study. The amount you get depends on your household income.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.

For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website
https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Repaying loans
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £25,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https:// www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan

Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.

 

The London College - Tuition Fees Terms and Conditions >>

 

 

Individual Project - 4 [HNCM 1]

Unit type:Core


Creative Media Industries - 4 [HNCM 2]

Unit type:Core


Game Development Practice - 4 [HNCM 21]

Unit type:Core


Games in Context - 4 [HNCM 22]

Unit type:Core


Games Design - 4 [HNCM 23]

Unit type:Core


Professional Practice - 4 [HNCM 3]

Unit type:Core


Principles of Animation - 4 [HNCM 30]

Unit type:Specialist


Art Development - 4 [HNCM 31]

Unit type:Specialist


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