Access to Computer Game Design and Development Access to HE Diploma | Level 3

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The Access to Computer Game Design and Development Access to HE Diploma allows you to level up your skills in games design and development for creative industries and relevant degree courses.

The course content is delivered using industry-standard software/hardware for 3D modelling and games development. You will be using packages such as Unreal Engine, 3DS Max/Maya, Adobe Suite, and Visual Studio.


Who is this course for?

Are you looking to pursue your favourite subject at university but don’t quite meet the entry requirements? Designed for adult learners, our Access to HE qualifications bridge the gap between GCSEs and higher education and are recognised by many universities in the UK. We also have a selection of Access foundation programmes that prepare you for our Access to HE courses. Didn’t get your GCSEs or need them to be higher? Our Access Foundation GCSE programme will support you with achieving passes in five GCSEs.

Benefits / Skills

    You will gain knowledge in how to develop an idea from concept to a final computer game covering a range of skills in graphics, 3D modelling, programming, game engines, and web design.

    The course develops crucial academic skills (such as academic writing, time management, research and analysis) in addition to delivering knowledge of computer games and employment-related skills.

    What you will learn:

    • Game development using Unreal Engine.
    • Game design.
    • Concept art and digital graphics.
    • 3D game models using 3DS Max or Maya.
    • Programming in C++, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
    • Website development.
    • Research techniques and project management.
    • Academic skills including report writing, presentational skills and how to prepare for HE.

Career Progression

Successful students will gain a qualification in Access to HE (equivalent to three A levels). Students can progress on to a degree course in related fields such as games development, games design or computer programming.

University Centre Leeds offers progression to the Computer Games Foundation Degree which focuses on industrial techniques and workflows to create indie game creators and games artists.

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1 year

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Full time

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No fee

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