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Higher National Diploma (HND) Game Development


Games Development & Esport

Study Mode

University Level

Start Date



2 years


£6000.00 per year

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Course Overview

Delivered at our Trowbridge campus, this course is designed to help you develop the advanced skills required to find employment in the ever growing sector of Games Design and Development. The HND in Game Development will develop your skills in the creative and technical elements of games production. You’ll learn using the latest industry-standard equipment, specialist games labs, high-spec PCs and games development technology such as Wacom, Oculus and more. You’ll develop your skills using software and hardware such as Autodesk, Adobe Creative Suite and Unreal and Unity games engines. With the professional techniques you acquire through lectures, workshops and tutorials, you’ll build a portfolio that reflects your personal strengths and interests.

What will I learn?

You will learn a range of practical and technical skills essential to working in the Games industry, from 3D modelling to animation alongside concept development and working with engines. The fundamentals of conceptualising visual ideas for games will be extended to include advanced 3D modelling, digital sculpting, texturing, observational drawing and character design. You will also learn how to art direct your work as you apply the fundamentals of Art and Design theory to your coursework and skill development. Developing your own artistic workflow in the creation of your career portfolio is highly encouraged and supported during your study.

Year One: Module A Process and Practice
A1 Concept and Development
A2 Creative Project

Year Two: Module B Process and Practice
B1 Personal Professional Development
B2 Professional Project

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

There is continual assessment across the course including written reports,
presentations, workshops and a final research project.

During your time on the course, you will be directed to carry out additional reading and other appropriate tasks alongside your time in the classroom and you should expect to spend additional time on your studies.

An overall interest in the Games Industry and wider computing and animation fields will assist you in the content and assessments on this course.

There are no exams planned for this course which will be delivered over 12 hours of study per week at our Trowbridge campus.

Entry Requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above including English and Maths (or equivalent level 2 qualifications) plus one or more of the following:

- 48 UCAS Tariff Points from an appropriate level 3 vocational programme (e.g. BTEC National Diploma).

- A Level 3 Extended Diploma or GCE AS / A Level or a 6 unit Vocational A Level.

- Success in an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

- Formally assessed outcomes acquired through recognised prior learning or experience.

Applications from mature candidates are welcomed and considered on an individual basis.

Where English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Applicants without the qualifications specified will be considered based on their ability to study the subject at the required level.

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme through UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is GD01.

The cost of this programme is £6,000 per year.

Don't quite reach the entry criteria? You can still apply to do this course on completion of our Access to Higher Education course.

Additional Costs and Information

For some trips of visits, there may be additional charges that apply which you will be made aware of when and if appropriate.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that the college is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

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