Game Design Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


Welcome to the Game Design Extended Diploma Level 3! Over two immersive years, you'll dive into the multifaceted realm of game design, acquiring a comprehensive skill set essential for success in the dynamic gaming industry. From mastering creative problem-solving and character analysis to crafting captivating game stories, you'll explore digital graphics, 3D modelling, and animation techniques to bring your visions to life.

During the course, you will also focus on the technical aspects of game development, including 3D graphics, digital art programming, and project management. With a strong emphasis on effective communication, teamwork, and marketing strategies tailored to the media industry, you will learn to navigate the complexities of game design while honing your professional practice and technical skills. Whether you dream of designing immersive worlds, captivating characters, or engaging gameplay experiences, the Game Design Extended Diploma Level 3 offers you the perfect foundation to turn your passion for gaming into a fulfilling career.

At the heart of our Games Design course lies a commitment to nurturing the next generation of creative visionaries in the dynamic world of digital entertainment. Our curriculum is meticulously designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in the principles, skills, and practices essential for success in the ever-evolving field of game design.

Our overarching intent is to empower you to become a versatile, innovative, and reflective practitioner who can thrive in the fast-paced and competitive landscape of the games industry. Through a blend of theoretical exploration, practical application, and industry engagement, we aim to cultivate a holistic understanding of game design that encompasses both technical proficiency and creative expression.

Game Design Extended Diploma Level 3 is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

What will I do?

Our Game Design Extended Diploma is split into precise topics, all designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to progress in the Game Design industry. Over 2 years at the College, you will study the following:

  • Creative problem solving
  • Character analysis
  • Digital graphics
  • Designing game stories
  • 3D modelling
  • Animation
  • 3D graphics and applications
  • Report writing for creative briefs
  • Project management (scheduling)
  • Web development
  • Building 2D & 3D games
  • 2D concept art
  • Digital art programming
  • Human-computer interfaces
  • Game narrative design
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Marketing for the Media Industry
  • Informing ideas
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Professional practice
  • Technical skills

To study Game Design Extended Diploma Level 3, you will need to hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language.

The Level 3 Games Design course will take you two years to complete. During your time at the college, you will be based in our state-of-the-art Digital Transport and Logistics Centre (DTLA) on our Rochford Campus (Boston). You will attend College for at least four days a week, plus independent study.

Game Design Extended Diploma Level 3 is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost: £8583.
If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

Please note, to provide you with the most flexibility your studies will consist of two separate years, each enrolled on to separately. Therefore, if you are aged 19+ before starting either year of the full qualification you will be required to pay course fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.
Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will be assessed using a shared set of assessment criteria that covers all units. Grades awarded for each criterion correspond to a point value and points accumulate to establish the overall qualification grade.

There are four mandatory assessment units in the Extended Diploma. You can also choose to undertake an optional Level 4 assessment unit in the Extended Diploma.

Successful completion of Game Design Extended Diploma Level 3 will enable you to progress further In your studies. This may be, onto a Higher Level Apprenticeship, or potentially onto an HNC/HND in a Game Design related subject such as Game Development, Games Art, Software Development, Creative Writing, Computer Science for Games, or Digital/Creative Media, amongst others

You may also decide to progress into employment upon completion of this course. Game Design Extended Diploma Level 3 will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to progress into careers such as:

  • Games Design
  • Games Testing
  • Games Programming

Additional costs associated with the course include various essentials to enhance your learning experience. These include purchasing pens, paper, and other stationery items, as well as acquiring course-specific materials tailored to your curriculum. Additionally, there might be expenses related to educational visits and any optional non-educational outings organised as part of the program.

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