Subject Intent: Why Digital Games Production: Game Design?
Game Design will allow learners to develop a wide range of skills by devising game concepts from initial creative ideas through the pre-production, production and testing of games phases using digital technology. Learners will also gain a broader knowledge of the games industry and the roles and careers offered which is beneficial for progression to university courses or employment within the games sector. This course addresses the shortage of game designers & developers within the Leeds City Region.
What will I study?
The BTEC Extended Certificate in Digital Games Production is broken into 5 Units:
Unit 3 - Digital Media Skills
This is an externally assessed unit that will take 20 hours in total. Students will be given a brief to mimic industry clients, requesting them to make a handful of game levels that meet certain requirements.
Unit 13 - Digital Games Production
This unit will involve creating an original multi-levelled game using industry standard software
Units 40/41/43 - 3D Modelling, 3D Environments and 3D Animation
These three interlinked units will teach you the vital skills required to create immersive game environments and models.
Digital Games Production: Game Design
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What are lessons like in this subject?
Digital Games Production lessons in will focus on analytical skills, much like similar creative subjects, focusing on what makes a good game, what the genre expectations are and what the inner workings and history of 3D modelling and animation are. Once this has formed a solid foundation, we will focus on applying that 3D knowledge by directly using industry standard 3D packages such as Autodesk Maya and Unreal Engine.
You will create an original multi-levelled game that you have designed, 3D modelled and play-tested. The skills taught from this process will also prepare you for an external assessment towards the end of the course, where you will be asked to respond to an industry standard brief, creating several game levels for a set deadline.
The teachers are friendly and attentive, and they really encourage you to reach your full potential. Lessons are fun to attend, and it’s easy to immerse yourself when you’re working on a really good project. It’s easily one of the best educational experiences I’ve ever had.
Elizabeth Fryer, Wakefield Independent