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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Game Design

  • LEVEL 3
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Course Overview

Fancy a slice of a £7 billion industry? Gaming is big business in the UK and our Level 3 Game Design course is designed to get you involved.

Do you wait up till 3am for DLC on Final Fantasy XVI? Do you spend hours hunting for data packs on Steam? Are mixins your favourite part of Minecraft? Then it’s time to build a game from the ground up.

This course will take you through the development pipeline step-by-step. Starting with the planning, the storyboarding and the research, through to generating your own sound design, animating the visuals and coding the gameplay using industry standard game engines like Unity 2D. We will teach you the practical techniques to enable you to build worlds.

This electric new course will propel you into a career like no other.

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End Date

Fri, 04 Jul 2025

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths (or equivalent)

Course information

This programme leads you through several modules including: game processes, technical and coding skills, audio production, VFX, design and research, character diversity, and player engagement.

2 years (the first year can be taken alone, awarding you a Level 3 Diploma; the second year doubles this to the full Level 3 Extended Diploma).

As well as practical classes, there will be theory lessons, group discussions, trips to exhibitions and masterclasses with professional developers.

Assessment will come from various assessed projects, including presentations, research tasks, journals, game analysis logs and videos. At the end of both years, there will be a major independently-led project, taking your own game from concept to production.

UAL’s Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology – Games Design

We will give you the tools and contacts to secure industry placements with games developers, to give you real professional experience.

This two year programme is the equivalent of 3 A-levels so whether you want to open the door to doing a degree in the gaming sphere, apply for a job with your favourite AAA developer, or set up your own company, this course can take you there.

Level 3

The games industry is a thriving, exciting place to work – but it does require self-motivation. Almost half of the course involves independent working: putting in the hours coding, animating and researching.