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What career opportunities can this lead to?

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 are the entry requirements?

You will strictly require at least five GCSEs grades 9-4 (C or better) These need to include English and Mathematics. Equivalents such as functional skills are not accepted as their content is not the same as the GCSE curriculum. All applicants should also complete a successful interview in college, demonstrating interest and commitment to study and have good attendance and attainment reports from a previous school or college. This two year programme offers progression to our own Higher Education program or to a vast range of University offers.

What does this programme involve?

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.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

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 else do I need to know?

All students 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 students will be provided with email facilities for use with coursework.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
CMG1 Eastleigh College 9/9/2019 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,665.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

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