Creative Media Practice: Games Design

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Available to study at:
Extended Diploma

Subject Intent: Why Games 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 and developers within the Leeds City Region.

Why should I study this subject?
This course will give you a thorough grounding in all areas of the games industry, in greater depth than the Extended Certificate. The first year will focus on a range of broad skills relating to games production and design, as well as exploring other aspects of the media that are relevant to the development of games. You will work on a practical production at the end of this first foundation year. In year two, alongside learning about the games industry and how to work towards a career in it, you will work on a much bigger, more extended project. This qualification would prepare you for either more focused further study or for apprenticeships and employment within the games industry.

What will I study?
• Games analysis
• 3D theory and practice
• Use of sound
• Game/Level design
• Audience theory
• Story writing
• Character design
• Human Computer Interfaces
• Digital graphics
• Structure and job roles within the games industry
• Career planning
• Producing games design documents
• Producing game levels
• Issues surrounding games production

What are the entry requirements?
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“This course is a great opportunity to learn about multiple elements of the games industry and how games are made. It really helps you with your options for the future as the information that you get taught is really useful. I would highly recommend this course.” Brandon Cheetham – Airedale Academy