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UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology (Games Design)

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Games Design Advanced (Level 3)

This Extended Diploma will give you the chance to engage with both practical and theoretical aspects of games design. You will also gain useful design skill and develop your knowledge of the games industry. You will be expected to acknowledge and apply industry codes and conventions to your work. This study programme is ideal if you wish to gain a Level 3 qualification and progress to university or employment.

Studying games design at Level 3 at Tresham College offers a comprehensive and practical education in game development. The program covers various aspects of game design, including mechanics, storytelling, some programming, and level design. Students gain hands-on experience through projects that develop skills in prototyping, 3D modelling, scripting and narrative.

The collaborative environment fosters teamwork and communication, essential for the industry. Tresham College’s industry connections ensure students stay up-to-date with the latest trends and practices.

The program also focuses on portfolio development, networking opportunities, and creative expression. With the game industry’s growth, studying game design at Tresham College can lead to exciting career prospects in a thriving field.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme, you will need…

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4, ideally including English and maths


  • Creative Media Production at Level 2
  • ICT Level 2
What qualification will I gain?

UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology.

Plus, English and maths qualifications if required. You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

How will I be assessed?
  • Online Blog work
  • Formative Assessment

Course content

What will I study?

Key areas studied will include planning, organising, narrative design, 2D games Production, basic animation and 3D modelling. You will develop knowledge of the ownership and function of games design codes and conventions, and apply this in a vocational context.

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Games Design) is based at Tresham college.

Subject units:

  • Pre-production techniques for games design
  • Communication skills for creative media production
  • Research techniques for the Games industry
  • Working to a brief in the creative media industry
  • Games Design studies
  • Unit 1: Introduction to media/games design processes and technical skills.
  • Unit 2: Introduction to design and research skills in Games design
  • Unit 3: Introduction to professional practice in creative Games Design
  • Unit 4: Critical and contextual awareness in Games Design
  • Unit 5: Investigating audio production and technology
  • Unit 6: Investigating visual production and technology
  • Unit 7: Investigating interactive media production and technology/Games design
  • Unit 8: FMP (Final Major Project)

English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade 9-4 (A*-C), we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications

Next steps

Course progression:

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to study a Games Design HNC, a BA (Hons) in a related subject.

Career progression:

Employment in the Games industry potentially as an intern or junior role. Freelance 3D artist, Developer or engine worker.

Additional information

Advisable Equipment:

  • A pair of headphones with mini jack connector (to plug into PCs)
  • A hard drive
  • Access to the Adobe suite is advised but not necessary
  • Computer access at home is advised but not necessary

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, or  contact

Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
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):

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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.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.