The level 2 games design course covers the design and development of a 2D game using a games engine.
You will look into designing levels as well as adding sounds into your game. You will study the games industry to find out about development companies and game design elements used in the industry. The focus will be on story and character development for games, developing a comic to show a section of your game design story. There are plenty of opportunities to practice and improve your drawing techniques as the course covers the design of promotional material for your game design. You will be able to use digital drawing software and a graphics tablet, as well as traditional drawing methods, to be able to design your products.
You will be expected to design and think creatively quite often on this course. Drawing skills are not essential but we’d expect you to work on these skills throughout the year so that you are comfortable at presenting your ideas in a visual way.
What will be studied
You will be studying 6 Units over 1 academic year to obtain the Diploma, focusing on areas of games industry theory, 2D games production and 2D digital graphics.
The units you will be studying are:
- Media products and audiences
- Planning and producing a media product
- Graphic design for media products
- Comics and graphic novels
- 2D games development
- 2D games production
What are the entry requirements?
To apply for a place on this popular course, you need to hold at least 4 GCSEs including English Language at Grade ‘D’. You should be able to work in a team and work independently, be creative and willing to experiment and explore new techniques. We would expect you to be confident when working on computers.
Where does this course lead to?
Progression from the Level 2 Diploma leads to a
Level 3 Diploma in Games Design and Development or
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games Design and Development or
Level 3 Diploma in Technology Computing and E-systems
You will need to achieve a merit or above in order to progress onto a level 3 course.
What qualifications will be gained?
At the end of the1 year programme, you will achieve an OCR Cambridge Technical Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media (Games Design). This is equivalent to 4 GCSE’S grade A-C depending on your final grade.
How will this course be delivered?
The course is delivered through different projects, which you work through independently. You will be taught through presentations, practical demonstrations, 1:1 support and tutorials.
How will I be assessed?
You must complete all 6 Units over the 1 year programme in order to achieve the full Diploma.
Assessment is via practical assignments, course work, presentations and class work in each unit (subject to change due to exam board assessment methods). You will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade for each completed Unit. Once all units are complete, you will receive an overall grade for the course which is also graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
How to get a place?
Places on the course are offered by meeting entry requirements, providing a suitable reference and attending an interview in which you will need to be able to evidence creative game design
Student finance offers help and support to students from low income families. While on the course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson tasks, such as, pens, pencils, memory stick and a notepad. We also have an annual trip to EGX in Birmingham that we’d like all students to attend.
We have an in-house games studio, Visual Dynamic Studios, where there will be opportunities to work with local businesses.
WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?
Trainee in Games Development Industry
Develop your own 2D Game to release independently