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UCAS Code: I600
Institution Code: H37
Campus Code: W

HND Games Design is a skills-based course that provides the practical expertise and employability skills needed within the multi-billion pound Games Industry. As well as working on live briefs from the gaming industry, the course will provide you with the necessary game development, designing, animating and scripting skills. It is a challenging programme, which focusses on developing your core artistic, design, and technical skills including the creation of animation rigging and game content using Unity, Autodesk Maya, Quixel, and the Adobe Creative Suite.

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What can I do next?

Entry into the Games Design world is always competitive and there are particular routes which may be suitable for graduates of this course. It may be possible to 'top-up' to an honours degree at another Higher Education Institution.

What will I be doing?

Our goal is to provide you with the focused knowledge and understanding of Games Design needed to qualify for entry level industry positions as Game Producers, 3D Designers, 2D-3D Animation, Illustration, Storyline Writers, UI/UX Designers, HTML/CSS Developers, Lighting Artists, Animators, Brand & Design Producers, VFX Producers and Sound Designers.

Units of study for the HND Games Design course are:

Year One

  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Game Development Practices
  • Games in Context
  • Game Design
  • Art Development
  • Principles of User Experience & User Interface Design

Year Two

  • Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Game Development Studies
  • Advanced Animation
  • Narrative
  • Scripting for Games
  • Environment & Level Design

Added Extras

You will have the opportunity to develop your critical appreciation of professional Games Design. There may be opportunities to attend game/animation conventions and exhibitions in the United Kingdom or further afield to places such as Bilbao, Valencia or Praque. These visits are not mandatory and the costs will be additional to the course fee. Students will be given sufficient notice to budget for these events.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through course work alone. Grades are awarded for evidence of professionalism, research, technical skills, analysis and communication skills. Work is graded through a Pass, Merit and Distinction framework.

Entry requirements?

48 UCAS points from an appropriate level 3 qualification (UAL/ BTEC Extended Diploma or 2 A levels) and GCSE minimum grade C in English and Maths or equivalent. Applicants who can demonstrate previous relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

What do I need to bring?

You will need either a USB with 32GB or a hard drive for storing course work. As a student you may be able to download some applications for free.

Fee Information

£6165 per annum is the fee for HNDs at HRC in 2020/21. Full and part- time students are normally eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. See

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change


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