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Computing: Games Development - January Start NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

10th Jan 2022, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    NQ Computing: Games Development is designed to introduce you to the skills and techniques required to develop skills for further study in areas such as Computer Games Design, Computer Animation and Digital Media Development.

    It provides you with opportunities to gain practical experience in a wide range of creative subjects including Digital Games Design, Programming in a High Level Language and 3D Modelling and Animation.  You'll develop an end of year games based project to integrate and showcase your creative skills. The course will also develop Maths based concepts which are required for studying Games Development at higher level.

    While undertaking this course, you'll also be able to achieve an SQA National Progression Award in Computer Games Development at SCQF Level 6. This will equip you for progression to further studies at HNC/D level. 

    The course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6.

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics; OR
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    Additional selection requirements

    • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    • Digital Games Design.
    • Media Asset Creation.
    • Audio Editing.
    • Mobile Technology.
    • 3D Modelling: Introduction.
    • Creative Project.
    • Games Programming.
    • Maths – Analysis/Algebra and Calculus.
    • Graphics for Games.

    After the course


    This course prepares you for progression to HN level study in a range of digital media specialisms.

    Continuing Study

    Progression to HN courses is based on performance, completion of all coursework and suitable tutor reference.

    • HNC Computer Games Development.
    • HND 3D Computer Animation.


    How the course is taught

    The course consists of a series of projects which you will undertake from initial brief to final development. The projects are designed to develop your skills in investigation, research, project development and problem-solving, leading to the development and testing of your completed game designs.

    The course lecturers will provide guidance and support in practical and design tasks through class discussion, demonstrations and one-to-one tutorials.

    Assessment methods

    • Individual projects.
    • Practical and written assessment.
    • Continuous formative assessment. 
    • Individual project deadlines.

    Additional Information


    You are encouraged to purchase Gamemaker Studio and have access to Adobe CC (PhotoShop, Illustrator and Animate).

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      10th Jan 2022
      End Date:
      17th Jun 2022
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome