games development course

LEVEL 2 & 3

LEVEL 2 & 3

RECRUITING FOR SEPTEMBER 2020/21

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Dv8 Sussex

Ages

16 - 19

Location

Brighton & Bexhill

Duration

3 days per week

gAMES DEVELOPMENT Course OVerview

EXAMPLE UNIT CONTENT: Making a Website, Creating 3D Digital Games, Creating 3D Digital Art, Pitching & Planning a Digital Media Protect

LEVEL 2

The Games Development course will equip you with the skills to design and produce 2D games, covering game design, art generation, gameplay scripting and marketing. The academic year mirrors the game development production cycle closely, so you will be able to take your game concept through planning, production and promotion.
 

LEVEL 3

The Games Development provides a comprehensive experience of 3D games development, producing art assets, 3D models, game designs and gameplay scripts for a year-long project. You will work in small groups to emulate the working environment of the games industry, developing game products to meet a client brief. The academic year mirrors the game development production cycle closely, so you are able to take a game concept through planning, production and promotion. You will develop strong vocational and personal competencies, such as working to deadlines, time management and project planning, independent study and professional communication, in order to prepare for roles within Games and Digital Media or for further study at University level and beyond.

What will i do on the games development course?

• Be introduced to games development software such as Construct 2, Unity, Piskelapp, Beepbox, Chiptone, Blender and MagicaVoxel
• Develop your own narrative ideas for games including scripting and storyboarding techniques
• Build an understanding of User Experience and User Interfaces
• Explore soundtracking and gain production and composition skills using Logic Pro
• Develop and build App ideas
• Explore different careers in the games industry
• Build a portfolio of work showcasing your skills
• Work on projects in collaboration with Music, Media and Events students
• Explore VR and AR technology and their emerging applications

HOW LEVEL 2 AT DV8 WORKS

Our primary intentions for young people on Level 2 studies are:

a) Securing GCSE grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths
b) Achievement of a meaningful vocational Level 2 qualification
c) Excellent preparation for progression to Level 3
To this end, from September 2020, Dv8 will deliver Level 2 vocational programmes over (up to) two academic years

Year 1

  • Learners will study a Level 2 Extended Certificate in their vocational area alongside relevant English and/or Maths qualifications (working towards Grade 4 in GCSE)
  • Learners who achieve their GCSE at grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in Year 1 will gain immediate progression to Level 3

Year 2

  • Learners who require another retake English and/or Maths qualifications will go onto a second year of Level 2 vocational studies, working to a higher vocational award of Level 2 Diploma
  • Progression to Level 3 will be targeted with the learner and agreed based on English/Maths outcomes and attainment in the vocational area

at level 2 i will:

• Achieve Technical Media Production Level 2 Diploma (Games Pathway)
• Gain a foundation understanding of game design software such as Construct 2, Unity, Piskelapp, Beepbox, Chiptone, MagicaVoxel
• Create a professional portfolio
• Explore various roles within the video games industry
• Progress to Level 3 courses in Games Design and Media Production
• A previous Level 1 qualification and/or GCSE grades 2-3 subject to interview



HOW LEVEL 3 AT DV8 WORKS

Our primary intentions for young people on Level 3 studies are:

a) Developing meaningful vocational skills based on early stage career progressions goals
b) Year 1 is for the completion of a Subsidiary Diploma with a review to going on to a 2nd year of a full Extended Diploma
c) To secure between 48 & 144 UCAS tariff points as part of Higher Education progression options

AT LEVEL 3 I WILL:

  • Achieve Technical Media Production Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, Games Pathway (1st year)
  • Achieve Technical Media Production Level 3 Extended Diploma, Games Pathway (2nd year)
  • Gain an understanding of core scripting concepts, allowing for the creation of custom game scripts inside of a game engine
  • Produce detailed 3D models using industry-standard production techniques
  • Create ‘rigs’ for 3D models, enabling the then to be used in digital animation
  • Develop an understanding of game genre conventions
  • Design games to meet a specific purpose and fulfil the needs of the audience
• GCSEs at 4+ (inc. English & Maths) and/or previous Level 2 qualifications, subject to interview

What our previous students say

Photography practise

It was so amazing getting the chance to turn my hobby into something that I could do for a career! I really enjoyed learning how to build my first set of characters and storyboarding game ideas.

Sarah

Games Development

Dv8 gave me loads of experience in software that is so important in the games industry. I’m looking forward to adding to my portfolio and trying to get an apprenticeship in the gaming industry,

Isaac