GAMES DESIGN & ANIMATION COURSE

Why study Games and Animation?

Want to know how to build the storylines, design the characters and visuals, and develop the gameplay and levels for 2D videogames? On our Games and Animation courses, you will use industry standard Unity Game Development Software and Adobe illustrator and Photoshop graphic Design software to create an original 2D game concept.

Exploring the features and production processes of the latest videogames and discovering the techniques behind their success, you will learn how effective game interfaces are created and the skills behind gaming mechanics. Creating level design, narrative, genre and target audiences to begin programing game using Moviestorm, Maya and Unity 3D. You will learn how to operate virtual cameras, apply collision detection and add Artificial Intelligence to your designs. With the support of industry professionals, you will learn about games job roles and how to progress into further study and/or into the industry.

Open Events
Wed 10th July 2019

Age Requirements
All BCE courses are for learners aged 16-18 as of 31 August 2019.

However, if you have a learning difficulty and/or disability with a valid Education and Healthcare Plan, you can study with us up to the age of 25.

Level 2

Exploring the features and production processes of the latest videogames and discovering the techniques behind their success, you will learn how effective game interfaces are created and the skills behind gaming mechanics.

What you will learn:

  • Introducing Media Products and Audiences
  • Planning and Producing Media Product
  • 2D Games Development
Course entry requirements:

3 GCSEs at grade D or above (including English) or equivalent

Applicants who do not have a D in GCSE English must have Functional Skills English at Level 1.

Course duration and start date:

The course will begin in September 2018 and lasts for one year

What qualification(s) will I receive?

  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Media (Gaming Pathway)
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Developing Enterprise Skills

Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

Learners with a grade E or below in English and/or Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

Progression Opportunities

We would actively encourage you to progress onto one of our Level 3 programmes at Big Creative Academy. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.

Alternatively, if you have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths) then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programmes.

You also have the option to progress into employment.

Level 3

Creating level design, narrative, genre and target audiences to begin programming game using Moviestorm, Maya and Unity 3D. You will how to understand virtual cameras, apply collision detection and add Artificial Intelligence to your designs.

What you will learn:
Year One:

  • The business of videogames
  • Designing 3D characters for games
  • Developing digital games using games creation software
Year Two:

  • Pre-production skills
  • Character modelling
Course entry requirements:

Applicants must have 5 GCSEs at grade C (4)  or above (including English) or equivalent.

Course duration and start date:
The course will begin in September 2019 and lasts for two years.

What qualification(s) will I receive?

  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media (Gaming Pathway) (1 year)
  • NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media (Gaming Pathway) (2 years)

Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

Learners with a grade E or below in Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

Progression Opportunities

Learn how effective game interfaces are created and how the mechanice are used to build gameplay. Investigate level design narrative, genre and target audiences to help you create a design a plan that you will use to develop your own 2D or 3D videogame. Use Unity 2D and Maya 3D software to plan and develop your own characters, game environments and storylines.

We encourage a minimum 2 years of study to maximise your experience and portfolio and opportunities to progress to an apprenticeship or university.

NextGen / AIM Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation & VFX Skills

Big Creative have been specially selected by NextGen’s industry partners to deliver this vocation Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX.  You will develop technical, artistic, programming and design skills that are vital to the successful creation of any game, animation or visual effects film or programme.

You’ll be based in the classroom but, like all NextGen courses, our Level 3 qualifications were developed in partnership with employers.

You’ll receive visits from industry practitioners who will share their experience and provide real insight into the kind of roles and work you could be doing.

Graduates from this level 3 have progressed onto University, Higher apprenticeships and into employment.

What you will learn:
Year One:

  • The fundamentals of Games, Animation and VFX
  • Shooting video for VFX
  • Core principles of games design
  • Design and process a 3D animation sequence
  • Design, develop, test and debug computer programs
Year Two:

  • Character modelling and animating
  • Storyboarding
  • Making games as well as animation and VFX sequence
Course entry requirements:

Applicants must have 5 GCSEs at grade C (4)  or above (including English) or equivalent.

Course duration and start date:
The course will begin in September 2019 and lasts for two years.

What qualification(s) will I receive?

  • AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills (1year)
  • AIM Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills (2years)

Progression Opportunities

Once you have completed the NextGen Level 3 course in Games, Animation and VFX skills you will be able to progress directly onto a BCE Level 4 apprenticeship in 2D Design and VFX.

We encourage a minimum 2 years of study to maximise your experience and portfolio and opportunities to progress to an apprenticeship or university.

Will I receive support throughout my course?

At Big Creative Education, we pride ourselves on offering support to all of our young people throughout their programme.

We have a number of learners who have a range of support needs from specific learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum disorders to mental health conditions, amongst others. If you currently have a valid Education and Health Care Plan or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA), you will be entitled to government funded support from your local authority to ensure we help you achieve the best from your learning.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of learning support, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren (Entry Level to Level 2) or Shayne (Level 3) on 020 8498 3300.

For more information about the support we offer to learners please click here

How will I be taught and assessed?

All of our courses are vocational which means they are designed to compliment learners with a visual and kinaesthetic learning style.

As a result, you will be assessed via a range of both practical and written assignments.

What happens after I submit an Application?

Once you have submitted your application online, you will be contacted via post and email with an interview appointment. Our interview evenings happen on a monthly basis so you will never wait more than 30 days for an appointment.

Your interview is an opportunity for you to showcase and discuss your creative skill set with our industry professional tutors. We actively encourage applicants to attend their interviews with either a portfolio of work (if you have it) or an audition piece (if you’re applying for Music Performance or Performing Arts).

At the end of your interview you will receive a conditional offer for September subject to achieving the entry criteria. This will also be confirmed in writing so you have something to keep as a reminder.