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Games Development NC

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

Computer Games Software Development NC is designed to teach you all aspects of computer game development. You will learn fundamental skills in subjects such as Software Development, Animation, Design Graphics, Coding and the technology behind computer games.

The UK, and Scotland in particular, has built a strong computer games industry and is seen as a global leader in the sector. The industry is a major contributor to the UK economy. The industry is looking for job-ready graduates with specialist skills and a good understanding of the production processes, games software (animation and programming) as well as the soft skills needed to succeed in the industry. 

This course covers everything you will need to progress on to further study Computer Games Development at HND or university level. This course incorporates Higher Mathematics which is required for progression to HND or university-level study and thus Higher Mathematics will not need to be taken as a supplementary subject.

What you will learn

  • Software Development
  • Animation
  • Maths
  • About the Computer Games Industry
  • Gameplay
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Interface Design
  • Mobile Game Development

How the course is assessed

  • The course is mainly assessed on your practical skills
  • There will be some written assignments and multiple-choice tests
  • The Graded Unit for year one is an exam and for year two is a project
  • Mathematics is a Higher Exam

 

Number of days per week

  • 4 Days

Entry requirements

  • For school leavers: Six National 5’s at C pass with Mathematics at B level or equivalent, preferably one higher in a numerate subject or Computing
  • For everyone else: All enquiries are welcome regardless of qualifications. Edinburgh College computing staff can assess where you can start or progress in your computing career and find the right course for you

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • At the interview, you will be asked to take part in Maths skills and experience screening exercises online. if you don't have or are not sitting National 5 Maths. You can prepare for the screening using BBC Bitesize materials available free online for the national 5 maths curriculum.
  • You will have time to prepare for the screening in advance and be shown samples of the question types.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

With a B in Higher Mathematics and a good portfolio from this course you can progress to:

  • HND Computer Games Development taught at Edinburgh College
  • Various university degrees in computer software
  • HND Digital Design and Development taught at Edinburgh College
  • HND Software Development taught at Edinburgh College
  • HND Computer Science taught at Edinburgh College
  • HND Web Development taught at Edinburgh College

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 26/08/24 41 Weeks

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