Overview top

Wondered what it takes to develop video games? Our Level 4 HND (Higher National Certificate) in Creative Media Production (Games Development) is designed to give you the chance to explore the various disciplines of games development such as Design, Art, Programming and Animation. To help you explore these areas, you will have access to the latest gaming tech alongside a list of software used to produce AAA games. We work with the latest industry standard software including 3DS Max, Photoshop, Game Maker and Unreal engine; ensuring you will be industry ready when you finish the course.

Studying this course, you will achieve the Level 4 HND (Higher National Diploma) in Creative Media Production (Games Development), which is the equivalent to the first two years of a degree. Studying BTEC Higher Nationals is significantly cheaper than going to university but also offers the same quality of teaching and learning that you will expect to find on a HE course/programme at university.

The video games industry is one of the fastest growing creative industries in the UK, which is now estimated to be worth $178.73 Billion worldwide in 2021. With the arrival of the next generation of games hardware and ever-growing mobile gaming platforms, the games industry is bringing exciting new opportunities for those who wish to work in an innovative and creative industry. If you are a gamer looking to take the leap from player to developer our course in Games Design is an ideal way for you to begin building your game development skills and start on your own career in the industry.

Entry Requirements top

The HND in Creative Media Production (Games Development is a follow-up to the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Creative Media Production (Games Development), therefore it is essential that you have achieved this qualification before undertaking the HND.

*The applicant should bring a Portfolio of Creative work to show at the interview process.

Assessment top

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Games Development) is for students who have completed the Level 4 HNC in Creative Media Production (Games Development) or equivalent qualification. In the HND you will continue to work on a variety of practical projects all aimed at developing your skills in a specific element of games design. The units you will study on this course are:

  • Unit 36 - Collaborative Project
  • Unit 37 - Personal Professional Development
  • Unit 44 – Advanced Games Development Studies
  • Unit 46 – Advanced Rendering and Visualisation
  • Unit 48 – Mobile Game Development
  • Unit 61 – Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Unit 75 – Environment and Level Design

Professional Opportunities top

Students who pass this course may progress onto a University to top-up their HND to a full degree in Games Design or Development. Alternatively, you may enter into employment following the completion of this course.

Further Information top

You will also have access to our Games Design facilities reserved specially for our students studying our HNC/HND courses in Games Development. You may access these outside of scheduled lessons, giving you time to work on personal projects and assessments.

Learners will have opportunities to develop their skills through Game Jams and Showcases throughout the year. Learners will also be given the opportunity to attend events across the country at Esports events and college trips

Should you require any further information on this course please contact Jack Warren at JWarren@tynecoast.ac.uk


UCAS Information

Course fees: £6165*

Course code: M58Z

Institution code: T90

Campus name: South Tyneside College

Campus code: S


*This is subject to change