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UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Animation & Games Design)

Tresham College Games Design FE


Animation & Games Design (Level 3)

This UAL Awarding Body program will introduce the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or employment. Based in a dedicated building equipped with the latest industry relevant resources and taught by staff with a high degree of industry experience in their field.

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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades 9 – 4 OR similar qualification at Level 2.

What qualification will I gain?

UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

How will I be assessed?

This qualification is assessed through:

Year 1:

  • one external assessment taken at the end of the course, which is set and marked by UAL Awarding Body

Year 2:

  • one internally assessed project taken at the end of the second unit, which is marked by the centre and moderated by UAL Awarding Body

Throughout you will be given critical, holistic feedback supporting your progress.

Course content

Year 1: Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation in Art and Design.

Year 2: Unit 2: Specialist Practice in Art and Design.

This course will cover a range of disciplines primarily split into Animation and Illustration.

Under animation you will cover:

  • 2D Digital Animation
  • 3D Digital Animation

Under Illustration you will cover:

  • 2D Digital Illustration
  • 3D Digital Illustration
  • Comic Arts
  • Observational Drawing
  • Environmental Art
  • Character Designing

In the first year, you will engage in a range of workshops, which develop into projects that guide you through the developmental journey. The year is capped off with an independent final project, which utilises all the developmental skills covered throughout the year.

In the second year, you will engage in more projects that add onto the initial base of knowledge covered in the first year, with a focus being brought to the additional marking criteria added into this year of the course. The academic year will end in a similarly independent project, with the intention of being shown within an end of year exhibition.

Within the program you will also attend tutorial sessions and undertake a minimum of 20 hours work experience.

The course also provides the opportunity to engage in multiple enhancement activities like competitions such as Japanese Magazine Manga competition, Guardian Comic Creation competition, World Skills Game Asset Creation. We have also engaged with some local businesses such as Booktastic and some small gaming studios.

Next steps

Course progression:

On successful completion you could progress on to the Creative Media Production (VFX) HNC program at Bedford College or go on to an Art & Design related degree at a university.

Career progression:

This course can lead into the following career paths:

  • 2D Animator
  • 3D Animator
  • 3D Modeller
  • Comic Artist
  • Character Designer
  • Environment Designer
  • Concept Artist

Additional information

You will need:

  • Approximately £60 to cover a minimum of 2 trips to relevant exhibitions and museum spaces e.g Tate, V&A, Natural History museum
  • A sketchbook to create notes in and engage in thumbnailing, character designs, or environment sketches
  • A basic set of drawing pencils, pen, ruler, and an eraser
  • Approximately £15 to cover printing costs for the end of year exhibition

Any questions?

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Tresham College

We also offer Games Design at our Tresham College Kettering campus.

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Bedford College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
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  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


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