Games Design and Digital Media

Foundation Degree in Digital Media and Games Design

Please note there may be additional charges within the course for textbooks, trips, registration and assignment fees.

Course overview

Have you got a passion for games? Would you like to take your development skills to the
next level?

The digital media and games design industries are both rapidly expanding and increasing in use and popularity. From the increased use of apps to the continued popularity of gaming and use of website, courses in digital media and games design have never been so relevant and in demand.

This course will provide you with a broad understanding and knowledge of game and interactive media design along with a range of technical and methodological skills necessary to
analyse, design and implement the development of these media. Example modules include; Games Production & Authoring, Asset Creation & Interactivity, Character Creation, Interface Design, App Development, Video Editing, Web Development and Audio Asset Creation. Students often work on live client briefs, either through their own liaison with companies or through ones arranged by the College.

Entry requirements

48 UCAS points and A-C GCSEs including maths and English.

Applicants who are 21 and over and are currently employed in the industry will also be considered.

The College has a commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, and will therefore give careful consideration to prior experiential learning, non-traditional qualifications and qualifications obtained outside of the United Kingdom.

Course Modules

Year 1

- Asset Creation and Interaction in Games

Use industry specialist 3D software to create a traditional open world game environment.

- Interface Design

Develop an interactive animation based around a fairy tale or fable for a young target audience utilising an integrated development environment.

- Video Editing and Post Production Techniques

Design an original filmed sequence that utilises post-production techniques and an advanced use of editing in a consistent narrative.

-Introduction to Web Development

A focus on devising and programming a personal portfolio for work based opportunities. This portfolio is intended to be used beyond this unit for students to promote themselves to future employers.

-Working to a Client Brief

Working with local professional organisations to create industry standard products.

-Character Creation, Rigging and Animation

Learn the art of creating consistent and fluid movement animations for an in-game character model in a game engine.

Year 2

-Game Production and Authoring

Develop original game levels of a chosen genre that provides a great deal of interactivity for the player and conveys an engaging in-game narrative and aesthetically pleasing environments.

-Audio Asset Creation for Games

Record sounds in relation to the Games Production and Authoring module by utilising Foley sound recording alongside other audio implementation techniques and editing them effectively for use inside a games engine.

-Group Project

Work together in small collaborative teams to develop a game concept.

-Pitch and Development

Pitching a future app design for a specific client brief.

-Application Development

Continuing to work on the app design proposed in the pre-production phase of the Pitch and Development module by turning specific designs into reality.

-Interactive Media in Practice

Reconstructing real life environments for a virtual walk through for a client.

Optional level 6 at University of Wolverhampton. Top-up BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed through a variety of methods including written assessments, presentations, projects and practical activities.

What can I do next

After successful completion of the Foundation Degree you could carry on to do one more year at university to gain a BSc Honours degree in Games Design at the University of Wolverhampton. The course also provides you with the relevant vocational and technical skills to start work in games design and digital media.