Is this course right for me?

Would you like a challenging career in the games and new media industry?

Are you looking to develop valuable IT skills and progress to university?

This course gives you practical knowledge in a range of areas, and introduces tools and techniques used in the media industry. You will focus on 3D design and games, but the skills you develop will be applicable to a wide variety of media careers.

The course is ideal if you are hoping to progress onto a university course in gaming, media, graphic design, computing, IT or computer science.

It also prepares you for a career in the media industry, letting you experience professional software and methods. You will develop important business skills, such as managing projects, working with a client, completing freelance jobs and utilising portfolios. Portfolios are essential in the media industry, and you will be able to display all your work when you are looking for freelance jobs or professional positions.

Entry requirements:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE Mathematics and English or Welsh (1st Language) at grade C or D
  • or
  • Level 2 Diploma pass in a relevant subject
  • Attendance at an interview

Delivery:

The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Workshop sessions
  • Hands-on learning
  • Lectures
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)

You will study in one of the three games development rooms at the college, using specialist hardware and industry standard software.

The software available will include:

  • Unity Game Engine
  • Unreal Game Engine
  • Autodesk 3DS Max
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Substance Painter
  • Substance Designer
  • Multimedia Fusion 2
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Animate
  • Audacity
  • Adobe Audition

You will be able to produce content such as 2D games, 3D Models and Environments, level design, concept art online games, 3D and 2D animations, game design documents, industry standard scripts, game packaging, digital images and digital sound.

Assessment:

The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Portfolio based assessment
  • Practical observed work
  • Reports
  • Reflective writing
  • Presentations

Progression:

Completion of this course gives you a number of options for progression.

The course provides an ideal route to Higher Education, and you could study gaming, media, graphic design, IT, computer science or another related subject.

You could proceed onto a number of programmes at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including:

  • Foundation Degree (FdSc) 3D Animation and Games Development, available at Rhos-on-Sea
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Broadcast Media Production, available at Rhos-on-Sea
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Creative Technology and Digital Media, available at Bangor and Llangefni  

If you choose not to take a Higher Education course, you will find that your skills have applications in many areas apart from gaming. You could gain employment within the games, new media and computing sectors, utilising your skills, knowledge and portfolio to find full-time or freelance work.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    Excellent facilities with the latest technology, including a media suite with industry-recognised software, mean your skills will be up to date and highly prized.