Course Details

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Intermediate Certificate: Creative Industries: Access to Computer Games, Web Development and Animati

SCQF Level 5

This course is an excellent opportunity for school Winter Leavers and returning learners to access the world of computer games development, computer animation, and website design and development.

It covers a broad range of skills in computer programming, computer animation, and website design and development using technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript, and software from industry giants Adobe and Autodesk.

Upon completion, you will obtain three National Progression Awards from the Scottish Qualifications Agency (SQA) in Computer Games Development, Web Design Fundamentals and Digital Media Animation at SCQF Level 5.

What You Study

You will gain an understanding of the underpinning computer concepts and technologies involved in developing digital content for computer gaming, computer modelling and animation, and the design and creation of websites.

You will study:

  • Computer games design
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer modelling and animation
  • Computer scripting and programming
  • Website design and development
  • Project planning and collaborative working
  • Core Skills in information technology

Duration and Attendance

One year full-time (January Start)

Entry Requirements

Whilst no formal entry conditions exist, successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a familiarity with Computing, Maths, Art, and Craft subjects and would likely have studied these at National 4 Level or equivalent (see our Qualifications Explained page for details) or above. Communication at SCQF Level 4 is recommended.

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Further Study

The course provides a stepping stone into further study to:

  • National Certificate: Computing with Digital Media SCQF Level 6

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities exist in the following sectors:

  • Computer games developer
  • Website design and developer
  • Digital interaction designer
  • Games developer
  • User interface design and developer
  • Computer animation artist
  • Creative director

Student Expenses

  • It will be useful to have a USB storage device with a minimum capacity of 1 Terabyte (TB)
  • The purchase of some sketch books will be required over the period of the course

Application Process

Successful interview and portfolio showing examples of previous artwork, digital designs or computer-based work may be required.

Find Your Ideal Career

Want to know more about job opportunities, salaries, and employment rates in this industry? Check out our Career Coach page.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Starts* Ends* Based at

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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