This course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career within the creative development side of computer games design and animation. It is a launch pad for progression on to our advanced level HND: Digital Design and Development (Games) or HND: 3D Computer Animation course. You will learn the fundamentals of 2D and 3D computer modelling and animation, and create graphics and sound for incorporation into computer games and animations.

You will work on practical computer games design and planning projects, develop interactive narratives and design game characters. This will enhance your digital creative design abilities and give you a good foundation in transferable industry standard skills.

To benefit from this course you should have a keen interest in playing a variety of computer games and, in particular, exploring how they work and what makes them successful. You should enjoy the creative design process and have an enquiring mind as you will undertake design projects and learn how to enhance your communication and problem solving skills whilst working as a member of a team on several projects.

  • One year full-time
  • Games design
  • Asset development
  • Games testing
  • 3D modelling and animation skills
  • Sound design for games and animation
  • 2D animation skills
  • Narrative development
  • Storyboarding
  • Character design
  • Interface design
  • The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy, communication, problem solving, and working with others will be developed and certificated on this course

Communication at SCQF Level 5 plus one of the following:

  • Three National 5s at Grade C or above
  • National Certificate: Computing with Digital Media SCQF Level 5
  • National Certificate: Computing with Digital Media (Web and Mobile Applications) SCQF Level 5
  • National Certificate: Computer Games Development SCQF Level 5
  • HND: 3D Computer Animation SCQF Level 8
  • HND: Digital Design and Development (Games) SCQF Level 8
  • HND: Computer Games Development SCQF Level 8
  • HND: Web Development (incorporating Mobile Applications Development) SCQF Level 8
  • National Certificate: Computing with Digital Media SCQF Level 6
  • Games designer
  • Games producer
  • 3D graphics artist
  • Computer animator
  • Character artist
  • It would be useful for you to have a USB storage device
  • The purchase of some drawing materials will be required over the period of the course
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • You should bring a reference with you
  • In the case of Fife school leavers, the College will request a Transition Form from the school
  • You should also bring a portfolio showing examples of previous artwork, digital designs, or computer-based work