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What career opportunities can this lead to?

This course is designed for learners who wish to join the game design / animation sector, applicants will gain experience of the most modern industry standard software used in modern game design and the 3D animated film industry. The course is over a period of two years, during which time you will learn the game design pipeline from the start point of initial concept, the creation of a game design document (GDD) and onwards through to the final testing of a fully working computer game. You will learn how to design and create video games for a range of platforms including the PC, Mac, Xbox 360 One, PS3&4 and even web based games.

We work closely with industry who help us to ensure that we are meeting their needs, these industries also input to our curriculum planning.

Over the course students will have opportunities to be involved in employer related projects and activities to enhance understanding of the technical and individual skills required to be successful in industry.

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Creative Media Production is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the Creative Media Production sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

Students who are successful also have the oportunity to progress onto a second year to complete a Higher National Diploma.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry Requirements
For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:
- A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Creative Media Production
- A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)
- Other related Level 3 qualifications
- An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
- Related work experience
- An international equivalent of the above.

For students to be successful on Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications which are both taught and assessed in English, it is critical that they have an appropriate level of English language skills. Eastleigh College will ensure that non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, can demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to the programme.
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- PTE 51
- IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5
- or equivalent.

What does this programme involve?

A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students. The essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into further study or the world of work. students undertake a substantial core of learning in the BTEC Higher National Certificate and can build on this in the optional year 2 BTEC Higher National Diploma, with specialist and optional units linked to their area of study. Refreshed content that is closely aligned with Professional Body, vendor, employer and higher education needs.

At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of Creative Media Production through three core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:
- Individual Project (Pearson-set)
- Creative Media Industry
- Professional Practice
Students will undertake a further three specialist units (Game Design) from:
- Game Development Practices
- Games in Context
- Game Design
- Film and Video Editing
- Principles of Animation

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The course is taught through lecture and practical demonstration, with guest speakers from within the industry visiting on a regular basis. Your work will be assessed in a variety of ways both practical and written and including student presentations. Software used on the course and made available to learners for free include, Autodesk 3DS Max, Maya, Mudbox and MotionBuilder. As a Microsoft academy a wide range of Microsoft software is also available for free. As a learner of this course you will also qualify for the student discount on Adobe Cloud and have access to all Adobe products at a vastly reduced rate.

Mode and Pattern of Delivery
Delivery is full time over 3 terms, this normally equates to some 15 hours of lectures per week for 33 weeks, approximately 1/3 of these hours may be by way of directed study for some modules.

Students work is assessed by assignment, a combination of written 40% and practical 60% is typical. Some modules have topics set by Pearsons (the awarding body.) An assignment is issued to students as an assignment brief with a hand-out date, a completion date and clear requirements for the evidence that students are expected to provide.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
CGM1 Eastleigh College 11/9/2019 Wed-Fri 09:00 – 17:00 30 £3,085.00 Apply now

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