Do you want to create the next Zelda, Super Mario, Call of Duty or another world-wide gaming success? Do you want to work in the world of games design?


The gaming industry is booming, and was worth over $90 billion dollars in 2021 - up from $78 billion in 2018. Our exciting BTEC Creative Digital Media (Digital Games) qualification will help you learn both the science and art behind games design. In this hands on course, you’ll learn all the techniques and knowledge you need to purse your career in this industry.

BTEC Creative Digital Media (Digital Games) is a popular choice here at HNC, and often chosen by students pursuing a career in the industry.

We offer the course at two separate levels and the BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level. 

Grade 4 in GCSE Media Studies and/or GCSE Art is desirable. General entry criteria also applies.

NOTE: Cannot be studied with Creative Digital Media (Digital Film & Video)

This one A Level equivalent will see you making digital games, from initial concept to design, development and programming. This will see you beginning to develop the technical skills needed to work in the games industry. Topics include:

- Digital games production
- Digital media skills
- 3D environments
- Game engine scripting
- Concept art for computer games

Our highly qualified subject specialists will help you to realise your creativity, and help you to realise your ambitions. Our facilities are world-class and include spacious classrooms and you will use the latest industry standard software including Adobe Creative Suite, 3D Autodesk Maya and Unreal Engine 4. This is a hands-on course based on real industry scenarios, and you will develop a project to a professional standard and showcase this at our annual exhibition. We also enjoy fantastic experiences outside of the classroom too, such as a visit to the Animex Animation and Gaming Festival, giving you an opportunity to preview the latest developments and opportunities in the industry.

Assessment is via internal assignments and externally assessed examinations.

This is an industry recognised qualification and our students most commonly progress on to degrees in Games Design, Computing media production, multimedia, games development or junior level positions in the industry. This course can also support progression into related areas such as animation, film and TV.

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This is a hands-on course, and you will use the latest industry standard software to create your own projects. You’ll enjoy become highly skilled in the use of the latest software, whilst stretching your creative skills through drawing, storytelling and storyboarding.

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