HND Games Design for Industry

For 2017 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Arts & Media

This skills-based programme meets the requirements of one of the fastest growing, dynamic and entrepreneurial sectors in the creative industries. Providing practical expertise as an animator, modeller or developer, core artistic and technical skills will be developed to enable creation and building of games and content for a variety of platforms.
You will gain an understanding of the broad areas of games development, ludology, concept artwork, 3D modelling and animation, level design, character design, motion capture, history, contextual and social issues, together with an overview of the more technical and creative aspects of the games design pipeline.

Studies include formal lectures, practical workshops, masterclasses and industry based assignments, exploring numerous aspects of digital gaming within a combined creative and technical framework; real-world tasks; creating real products through competitions and live briefs; establishing a strong portfolio; web presence and show reel towards future employment. The experience is relevant and realistic.
Assessment includes coursework, portfolios, presentations and digital work. Communicating concepts through visuals, prototypes, 3D/2D game assets, documentation and the ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems is central. You will present, evaluate and interpret material, including numerical data, to develop lines of argument and make sound judgements regarding basic theories and concepts.

Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Games Designer or Developer
– 3D Animator or Modeller
– Character Designer
– Environment Artist
– Lead Designer or Animator
– Animator for Film and Television
– Level Designer
– Gameplay Programmer
– Concept Artist

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 026I
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £7500
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

HND Games Design for Industry


Year 1

  • Computer Games Studies & Research
  • Pre-production Design & Computer Game Concept Art
  • 2D Digital Graphics & Texturing for Computer Games
  • 3D Modelling & Animation for Computer Games
  • Animation Principles
  • 3D Computer Games Engines & Asset Creation

Year 2

  • Subject Specialism Project
  • 3D Cut Sequence Design & Digital Audio for Games
  • 3D Character Animation & Motion Capture for Computer Games
  • Level Design & Production for Computer Games
  • Professional Practice
  • Games Design & Development Project

*Modules are subject to change and availability



HND Games Design for Industry

Start Date





2 years full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £7500

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

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If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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