Computer Games Design Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma

What is this course about?

This course aims to equip you with the design and the production skills required for work in industry or progress to university. While on the course we will develop your understanding of the design process applied to a range of computer game platforms.
The course enables you to explore the creative possibilities of new media and produce a range of creative products. Students have the opportunity to undertake commercial or freelance work as well as specialise in a subject area of their choosing for their final major project.
The Media and Performing Arts department is equipped with a variety of specialist facilities and equipment including a TV and photography studio, as well as Apple Mac Graphics and Multimedia workshops. The Learning Resources Centres are designed to help students by offering information technology facilities, workshops and libraries

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade A*-C/grade 4 and above, Level 2 Diploma, appropriate NVQ Level 2 or
Intermediate qualification. You will have a pre-induction interview/assessment to
make sure this is the right level for you.

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Computer Games Design Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma

Start: 07/09/2020
Days: Mon
Time: 09:00-16:00

How is it taught

The course is taught by a team of specialist lecturers including working professionals, who aim to help you to gain the most from the course. You are also allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through the course as well as organising any support that you may need. The course is delivered through a mixture of practical workshops, lectures and self directed study.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by continual assessment, rather than exams, and students will need to research, plan and produce practical work. All assignments have interim assessment points, when the lecturer assesses the work and shows the student how to improve their grades. Students requiring any support in producing written work, organising themselves or managing their time can access our academic mentors. All student work is moderated by the awarding body.

What else do I need to know?


You will also continue to study maths and English Functional Skills or GCSE in order to improve your employability and progression opportunities. On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a UAL Level 3 (Extended) Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology.

What could I do next?


With an Extended Diploma in Games Development you can progress into employment or on to a range of university courses including animation, graphic design, interface design, games and multimedia design courses.

Careers


Programmers and software development professionals

Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.

Key Responsibilities

  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.
  • Plans and maintains database structures.
  • Implements and evaluates the software.
  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development).
  • Tests and corrects software programs.
  • Develops user interfaces.
  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications.
  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions.
  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£43,534

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 1,952
2020 1,968
2021 1,980

ANNUAL SALARY

£26,874 10%
£34,549 25%
£43,534 50%
£55,286 75%
£70,158 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

86 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 8.15%
25-34 37.72%
35-44 29.42%
45-54 17.44%
55-64 6.7%
65+ 0.56%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.32%
Level 1 2.18%
Level 2 4.71%
Level 3 11.71%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 6.64%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 57.79%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 13.09%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 3.56%

Web design and development professionals

Jobholders in this unit group design, develop and maintain websites to meet a client’s specified requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Activates the 'live' website.
  • Tests website interaction and performance prior to going 'live'.
  • Writes and publishes content for the website.
  • Establishes methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery.
  • Designs and develops web interfaces for relational database systems.
  • Develops the website and applications.
  • Designs web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access.
  • Presents design options to the client.
  • Liaises with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£27,581

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 380
2020 383
2021 385

ANNUAL SALARY

£17,618 10%
£22,214 25%
£27,581 50%
£34,902 75%
£44,200 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

15 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 15.08%
25-34 47.71%
35-44 24.16%
45-54 8.76%
55-64 3.9%
65+ 0.36%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.56%
Level 1 2.26%
Level 2 13.31%
Level 3 16.72%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 10.29%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 47.85%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 7.4%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 1.62%
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