Skip to main content

Creative Media Production (Games Design) HNC

Tresham College Games Design FE


Games Design HNC (Full time)

The HNC Games development course is a full-time course, lasting one academic year, designed to then lead into the HND course the following year. The course is intended to provide you with a wide range of practical skills that will help you to work within the Games industry or complete a Level 6 top up. Practical skills include Unity, Unreal engine, 3D modelling, Narrative, Audio production and lighting. Our aim is also to teach our students how to work collaboratively and professionally on projects, undertaking important processes and planning tasks that would be found in the industry such as games design documents, pitching and project management.

Alongside the practical elements of the course we encourage and teach theoretical practices, theories, research and academic skills, and students will find they develop both creative and analytical thinking whilst on the course.

The intention of the course is to get our students industry ready and our projects reflect this. We encourage working collaboratively and working with external professionals where we can, to help give our students a better insight into industry working. The projects you undertake will result in a range of different media products such as short films, news reports and a television series pilot episode. This course is ideal for any individual hoping to develop a range of Games development skills and pursue a career within the Games design industry.

Studying game development offers unique selling points and benefits to students. It enables creative expression, allowing students to showcase their artistic vision and storytelling abilities through the development of interactive experiences. With its multidisciplinary nature, game design cultivates versatile skills applicable to various industries. Collaborative teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and understanding player psychology are essential aspects of the course. Moreover, staying up to date with rapid technological advancements and entrepreneurial opportunities in the gaming industry further enhance students’ career prospects.

Ultimately, studying game design merges creativity, technical skills, problem-solving abilities, and entrepreneurial possibilities, providing students with a platform to pursue their passion while preparing them for a range of fulfilling careers.

Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


Ideally students will hold a level 3 qualification in Games Design or Media or a relevant subject and maths and English GCSE (full qualification) minimum Grade 4 or grade C. We also accept those with extensive knowledge and experience in the sector.

If your first language is not English, learners should have a minimum of 6.0 IELTS.

Desirable: Applicants should have good study and research skills.

What qualification will I gain?

Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Production (Games Development).

How will I be assessed?

All assessment will be conducted via coursework or practical assessments. There are no examinations on this course. Assessment methods range from practical production, presentations, reports, essays, video essays and portfolios.

Work experience

Although work experience is not required to complete the course there will be a range of opportunities available throughout the year that your tutor will direct you to.

Work experience is an autonomous process at HE and we expect our students to take initiative and engage with this opportunities where and when they can.

Course content

What will I study?

Core Units:

  • Unit 1: Individual Project (Pearson Set)
  • Unit 2: Creative Media Industry
  • Unit 3: Professional Practice Core units:
  • Unit 21: Game Development Practices
  • Unit 22: Games in Context
  • Unit 23: Game Design

Optional Units:

  • Unit 25: Audio Technologies
  • Unit 20: 3D Modelling

Next steps

Course progression:

The HNC Creative Media Production (Games Development) is designed to lead into the HND Creative Media Production (Games Development) course the following year. Beyond the HND course you are able to apply for a Level 6 top up year at a number of different universities across the country.

Career progression:

The course is designed to provide you with enough skills and knowledge to pursue a career within the Media Industry in many different areas, specially film and television.

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

Take the next step

Apply through UCAS

Apply now
Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 16/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

Find out more

If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

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 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.