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Digital Computer Games Design and Development

Digital Computer Games Design and Development

Level 3
Cheltenham Forest of Dean Gloucester

Course Overview

Full Time

Ideal if: You have a passion for games, media and technology.  Game design is where the technical intersects the creative. You will discover how video games are designed, programmed, developed and tested.

You'll learn: Key technical and professional skills that will open paths into the creative industries and higher education. The latest software technologies that enable creative software development such as Unreal Engine 5, Blender, Photoshop and more. Over the duration of the course you will use the software mentioned above to develop skills such as software programming, 3D modelling, 2D concept art creation, 2D/3D animation, story and script
writing, sound design, source control (GitHub), special FX and more.

Alongside the development of technical skills you will also develop key
interpersonal and professional skills such as effective communication, delivery of presentations, powerful research skills, team work and collaboration skills,
project management techniques and understanding the latest market trends in the games industry.

Expect to: Dive straight into learning and using the advanced software and techniques used to design and create next-gen video games.  Strong links with industry means that learners will be working on creative projects based on
specified real world problems with feedback from industry experts.

You'll love: Designing and developing your own game projects from scratch in our well-equipped lab using industry standard gaming hardware and software
supported by expert staff.

The course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to progress into a career in games design or a related course in higher education. We aim to prepare you to become a successful professional in the industry with a
portfolio to match.

All learners will work towards GCSE maths or maths in context (Core maths) as part of their overall programme of study.

  • Typical Entry Criteria

    • Five GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above including:

      • GCSE English Language or Literature at Grade 4 and above or GCSE Maths at Grade 4 and above
      • Four other GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above

    Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements.

    For 19+ applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion.

    All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through applications@gloscol.ac.uk.

  • Future career option such as Games Designer, Programmer, Developer and 3D Modelling Artist

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There is little left in our modern lives that isn’t affected by computers and technology. You’ll find computing at the centre of almost all businesses and, as a result, employment opportunities within the sector are huge.

We offer a range of qualifications that support a variety of interesting careers, from games and apps development, through to forensic computing and cyber security. Our industry-experienced lecturers will give you the knowledge and skills you need to develop your own computing competency, in an area that interests you.

A computing course is an ideal route to employment, or to progress on to higher-level qualifications at GC or university. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment and software, including a dedicated network for computing students, so that you can get familiar with the latest technology and prepare for the systems you’ll use in the business world.

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Amelia Thomas

I studied at Wyedean School and Sixth Form where I took History, Maths, Computer Science and Physics for A Levels. My interest in cyber was sparked when I went on a CyberFirst Advanced residential course which I loved, so thought why not pursue cyber security as a career choice! If you have an interest in IT and problem solving, then definitely consider studying cyber.

Amelia Thomas


Cheltenham Campus

Studying at Gloucestershire College was one of the best decisions I have made in terms of my education and setting me up for my future career. It’s made me realise what field I would like to go into.

Matt Dee

HND (Level 5), Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

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Taylor Watson

I feel like if you’re a student who feels ready to work, or someone who wants to learn more than you can at school, I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship; I can only praise how quickly it’s enabled me to evolve as a person and in my career.

Taylor Watson


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