HNC Creative Media Production (Game Development)

Credit Level: 4 Credit Value: 120 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 1 year full time
HNC Creative Media Production (Game Development) Awarding body

About the HNC Creative Media Production (Game Development) course

When you play a game, are you just playing or are you thinking about how it is made, the graphics, the sound, the narrative, and how it encourages to keep trying even when you fail? As the industry has grown exponentially, the opportunities for a career have also increased. From working in huge teams in international organisations producing triple-A titles, medium-sized business outputting a whole range of types of games and indie developers with key outlets such as Steam and app stores, the options for a career in games is wide open and exciting. Of the whole UK entertainment industry, the digital games sector comprises more than 50% with over 2000 companies and annual sales over £5billion. Nearly 90% of UK game workers have at least one degree and this course will set you on the path to being part of this growing and dynamic profession.

Our HND Creative Media Production (Game Development) follows industry practice, starting with ideas generation and creating designs, then developing a wide range of practical skills with the aim of producing playable games. You will be empowered in developing clear and in depth knowledge in a variety of areas, then supported in specialising your particular interests and talents in individual projects. Teamwork is essential in the game industry and the collaborative projects in this programme allow you to develop the communication, co-operation and compromise skills needed to work creatively with others to deadlines, and learn how to work flexibly and resolve any challenges.

The focus of HND Creative Media Production (Game Development) is on establishing core practice of creating a game including concept art, design methodologies, development in specialist software and 3D modelling. Alongside these practical skills you will also study how the industry works, the options for your future employment or self-employment, and develop yourself as a professional including learning how to pitch confidently.

A graduate from this programme will have an understanding of the game design and development process as a whole, a range of skills to effectively produce playable games and an interesting portfolio to support applications for future education and employment. They will have worked to client briefs and developed transferable skills, including collaboration, to present themselves as confident professionals ready for their next step in the industry.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirement for the Higher National Certificate will be 80 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade C/4 in GCSE or equivalent qualification in English and Maths.

The TEC Partnership will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All non-traditional applicants will be assessed through an interview assessing their overall interest in the subject matter as well as current academic skills, set an appropriate piece of work (an essay to test written skills, and a practical task involving digital creativity and a portfolio of relevant work), a judgement is then made considering their academic potential and relevant experience and skills. For example, a person may not have a background in computing, but have excellent problem solving and logical abilities and have a desire to change careers through training. In line with a strengths-based approach to widening participation, students without direct experience will be offered extra support and will also benefit from regular tutorials with the Programme Leader so that they feel they are fully supported during their educational journey.

What you will learn

You will study 8 units on the HNC:

  • Game Design
  • Art Development
  • Professional Practice
  • Game Development Practices
  • Games in Context
  • 3D Modelling
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Individual Project (Pearson set)

Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document.  However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures.   If the campus is closed TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely.  If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support.  We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer.  We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve.  We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.

On the HNC you will be taught in a mix of practical workshops and seminars to underpin your academic skills. You will work on short client briefs with well-defined parameters to develop and practice your development skills and allow you to use your creativity to experiment. The client briefs will be varied with a wide range of possible approaches and you will have the freedom to design and produce innovative, imaginative games or game elements.

The programme focuses widely on the practical and professional skills of students, so you can develop into a confident and competent professional as you progress onto further education or employment. You will be encouraged to learn, develop and evaluate your own skills in practice during each of the modules and become adept at reflecting and critically evaluating your own and others’ work.

Programme Benefits

At Scarborough TEC, this programme is part of the Institute of Technology and you will have access to cutting edge technology, industry-standard software and brand new, contemporary facilities for independent and collaborative study and social spaces dedicated for our HE students.

Our collegiate approach means you will be part of our HE family, with small group sizes, one-to-one tutor support and a culture which encourages time and space for reflection, self-development and collaboration. You will have the opportunity to take additional professional qualifications, enhance your skills, such as leadership, through our Extra programme and be involved in social action and charity projects with students in other HE disciplines across the college.

What next?

Upon successful completion of the HNC Creative Media Production (Game Development) you have the option to continue on to the HND Creative Media Production (Game Development). Alternatively you may wish to seek employment and there are opportunities locally, regionally and nationally that you could consider. You will have support from your tutors, the HE Team and the Careers Team at Scarborough TEC to develop your CV.