What opportunities will this course give me?
The games industry is strong in Europe. The UK is the fourth largest games producing country in the world, after the USA, Japan and Canada. Computer-generated animation features strongly in motion pictures (to create special effects or an animated film in its own right), as well as in aspects of television work, the Internet and the computer games industry. The media industry is massive and provides a huge marketplace for employment opportunities within a wide range of industries.
Direct entry to the industry, although uncommon, is possible for talented students. Progression from this programme can be to university to study degree subjects such as BSc (Hons) Digital Media, BA (Hons) Media Studies, BA (Hons) Media Studies and Entertainment Technology and BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology. You could also progress to BTEC Level 4 / 5 HND in Creative Media at Eastleigh College if you achieve at least an overall Merit grade, alongside a positive tutor reference.
What will I be learning?
This programme is designed for individuals interested in modern media production, such as digital graphics, game design, DVD authoring, 2D and 3D animation, stop motion animation, motion graphics and 3D modelling. During the programme you will create both a 2D and 3D computer game suitable for a host of technologies including mobile phones, PCs, Macs, Xbox 360, PS3 and many more. You will also create instructional and entertainment based video productions, each with digital special effects.
In addition, as a Microsoft IT Academy Program Member, we are able to offer Microsoft certification alongside many of our units of study.
Throughout the programme you will learn the techniques and skills required and used by industry. You will learn from lecturers with experience using the software and tools that industry use.
Units studied within the programme include subjects such as:
• 3D Modelling
• 3D Animation
• Working Freelance in the Computer Games Sector
• Drawing Concept Art for Computer Games
• Digital Graphics for Computer Games
• Understanding the Creative Media Sector
• Motion Graphics and Compositing Video
• 2D Animation Production
• Working to a Brief in the Creative Media Industries
Units are selected each year that reflect the skill shortages in the industry so may change slightly from those listed above.
Why is this course for me?
The programme is taught through lectures, practical sessions, seminars, group work and the use of the Internet for research. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including written and practical learning.
What do I need to sign up?
You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or higher including English Language and mathematics.
You will require an interview with subject specialist staff to ensure you have a good understanding of the course you are applying for. Attendance and attainment reports from previous education will also be required.
For internal progression it is expected that you will have achieved a minimum of a merit at L2 and made positive progress to achieving your GCSE English and Maths (if below Grade 4) as well as demonstrating that you have upheld the college values.
Adult learners may apply for any of our full time and apprenticeship programmes and your vocational experience will also be taken into consideration alongside existing qualifications.
The programme is fully funded for learners aged 16-18. Fees may apply for 19+.
This two year programme offers progression to our own Higher Education program or to a vast range of University offers.
Is there anything else I need to know?
All learners can use our Learning Centre which is fully equipped with modern PCs, printers and scanners and access to the Internet is available in all computer rooms.
Suitable PCs, media equipment and software are fully available to all learners while at college. There is no additional outlay for software and most of the software used may be installed on home computers throughout the period of the programme. Help and guidance for installing such software is always available. Learners will be expected to have a suitable laptop or PC available for their own use at home (specifications available upon request).
All full-time learners will be provided with email facilities for use with coursework.
All learners enrolled on a full-time study programme are expected to attend a compulsory work or industry placement during their course. The number of hours of placement will vary from 35 hours through to 750 hours, this variance is due to the differing types of assessment on each course.
Learners should be aware that this is compulsory part of their study programme and work / industry placements will take place during the college week.
Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.
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