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Games Design & Animation BTEC Level 3

Eat, sleep, play, repeat, eat, sleep, play, repeat…how would you like to turn your love of video games into a career? From Candy Crush to Assassin’s Creed the gaming industry is worth billions and a career in this sector could see you developing and designing platform games, first-person shooters, driving games, strategy games and more.

Our diploma in games design and animation is ideal if you want to continue your studies on to university, or you could go straight into employment.

Do you love playing console games?  Would you like a career where you design and produce your own stories and characters that could star in future games? If so, this award winning course is just for you.  You’ll develop lots of new skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in this exciting and fast paced industry. You’ll explore all aspects of game design, animation and concept art.


In recent years there has been a huge growth in the computer games industry. So much so, that computer games now rival and often exceed blockbuster Hollywood films in terms of money, time invested, and the potential profits. The computer games industry is a very exciting and dynamic place to work. It is an enormous business and is more diverse than you would initially imagine. The main purpose of the qualification is to develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding of pre-production techniques, research techniques and an understanding of games development and a range of roles, skills and techniques required to work within the games development industry. 


+ Course details and future career paths

During this two-year course we can help you achieve the gaming career you want by allowing you to explore numerous aspects of games design and animation including 2D animation, 3D animation, modelling, environments, drawing concept art for computer games, story development, games platforms and technologies, motion graphics and compositing video.

You work on a series of individual and group assignments which cover subjects such as:

Core Units

  • Pre-production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Creative Media Production Management Project

Optional Units

  • Understanding the Computer Games Industry
  • 2D Animation Production
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Sound in Interactive Media
  • Computer Games Engines
  • 3D Modelling
  • Flash for Computer Games

+ Progression

The majority of students progress to courses in higher education at either degree or HND level. Many specialise in a particular field. Examples of possible careers are programming, coding, sound design, 3D modelling, animation or project management.

Employability can be enhanced if you consider an internship with a games development company but you are expected to provide them with a portfolio of achievements and your own work. So it is important that the course is starting your development, it isn’t the only effort you have to do.


How to find us.

Recreation Road

Phone: 01980 652 467