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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre


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Course Summary

This highly practical course will develop your creative abilities, with an emphasis on the skills needed for producing computer games.  As well as gaining insights into this exciting profession, you will learn to use industry standard software to make 3D models, 3D animations, 2D games and 3D game levels.

While on the course you will also have the opportunity to continue developing your English and maths abilities.  This will support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills.

Entry requirements

You will need at least four GCSEs at grades A*-C.  You must have a grade C in English Language and a minimum grade C in Maths. 

Alternatively you may have a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a relevant qualification at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE English Language grade A*-C and a minimum grade C in Maths.  Applications from mature learners with relevant work experience are also welcomed.

Prospective learners will need to attend an interview and taster day.

Course Content

Units studied include:

  • Pre-Production Techniques for Media Industries
  • Communication Skills
  • Understanding the Computer Games Industry
  • 3D Modelling
  • 3D Animation
  • Drawing Concept Art for Computer Games
  • Sound for Computer Games
  • Research Techniques for the Media Industries
  • Working to a Brief in the Creative Media Industries
  • Digital Graphics for Computer Games

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through project-based practical work framed in industry scenarios, written assignments and presentations.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide a memory stick and a set of mini-headphones for your studies.

What can I do after this course?

Learners need to pass all their 90-credit Diploma units to progress to the Extended Diploma.  Further study and career opportunities are then available in areas such as game programming, game modelling and animation, game design, game art, animation and special effects.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.

His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.

With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.

It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot.

I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.
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