Games Design HND

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
2 years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 11/09/2019

HND Games Design is a course created to give you the opportunity to develop the skills required to design and build games for multiple platforms. The program encourages you to explore what the market is looking for and build solutions which meet the market’s needs for the next big game. Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Course

Highlights

  • Opportunities to enter national games competitions.
  • Opportunity to top-up HND after completion.
  • Strong industry links.
  • Course trips to games companies and events.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Additional

Information

Need further information?

For further information, come to our next Open Day or contact our enquires team at study@northampton.ac.uk.

Course Details

Whiles studying Games Design you will be taught in a way that encourages creativity and give you the opportunity to learn from those with industry experience.

Read more

Careers

Recent graduates from the other games courses have gained employment with a number of large /indie developers within the industry, as well as utilising their skills within alternative employment sectors that utilise gaming software/technology (such as architectural visualisation and mobile app development).

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

 

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. Equivalences are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 9 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Course Content

  • 2D Digital Practice (40 Credits)
    Module code: 3DD1055
    Core Module Y
  • Introduction to 3D Modelling and Game Engines (40 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1042
    Core Module Y
  • Game Techniques 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1024
    Core Module Y
  • Group Project 1 (Games) (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1024
    Core Module Y

Reading List

  • “Game Programming Theory in C++” by Vic Broquard, ISBN-10: 9781941415603, Publisher: Broquard eBooks, 2nd Edition (5 September 2014).
  • “GAME PROGRAMMING IN C++: STARTTO FINISH: Start to Finish” by Erik Yuzwa, ISBN-10: 158450432, Publisher: Charles River Media (11 January 2006).
  • “C++ Game Development Primer” by Bruce Sutherland, ISBN-10: 1484208153, Publisher: Apress; 1st Edition (30 October 2014).

Read more

Facilities &

Special Features

  • Strong industry links (Unity3D, UE4, Jagex, Splash Damage, Playground Games, Bossa Studio) with internship opportunities
  • Opportunities for entry to national games competitions (Brains Eden, Transfuzer, Rookies, Aarvark Swift – “Search for a Star”)
  • Opportunities for course trips to games companies, and national gaming events (EGX Rezzed)
  • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs
  • Up-to-date games programming/development software (Unity3D, Unreal Engine 4, Adobe Photoshop, Substance Painter/Designer)
  • Yearly group projects, which allow for a real-life games development experience

Further your study

Games Design BA (Hons)

Once you successfully complete the HND, you can progress onto Games Design BA (Hons).

Fees & Funding

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

Additional Costs

EGX Rezzed Games convention: £20 (annually)

18/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

Additional Costs

EGX Rezzed Games convention: £20 (annually)

18/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Updated 11/09/2019

  • HND Games Design is a course created to give you the opportunity to develop the skills required to design and build games for multiple platforms. The program encourages you to explore what the market is looking for and build solutions which meet the market’s needs for the next big game. Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

    We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Opportunities to enter national games competitions.
    • Opportunity to top-up HND after completion.
    • Strong industry links.
    • Course trips to games companies and events.
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • Whiles studying Games Design you will be taught in a way that encourages creativity and give you the opportunity to learn from those with industry experience.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Need further information?

    For further information, come to our next Open Day or contact our enquires team at study@northampton.ac.uk.

    • Recent graduates from the other games courses have gained employment with a number of large /indie developers within the industry, as well as utilising their skills within alternative employment sectors that utilise gaming software/technology (such as architectural visualisation and mobile app development).

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. Equivalences are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 9 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

     

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • 2D Digital Practice (40 Credits)
      Module code: 3DD1055
      Core Module Y
    • Introduction to 3D Modelling and Game Engines (40 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1042
      Core Module Y
    • Game Techniques 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1024
      Core Module Y
    • Group Project 1 (Games) (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1024
      Core Module Y

    Reading List

    • “Game Programming Theory in C++” by Vic Broquard, ISBN-10: 9781941415603, Publisher: Broquard eBooks, 2nd Edition (5 September 2014).
    • “GAME PROGRAMMING IN C++: STARTTO FINISH: Start to Finish” by Erik Yuzwa, ISBN-10: 158450432, Publisher: Charles River Media (11 January 2006).
    • “C++ Game Development Primer” by Bruce Sutherland, ISBN-10: 1484208153, Publisher: Apress; 1st Edition (30 October 2014).

    Read more

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    • Strong industry links (Unity3D, UE4, Jagex, Splash Damage, Playground Games, Bossa Studio) with internship opportunities
    • Opportunities for entry to national games competitions (Brains Eden, Transfuzer, Rookies, Aarvark Swift – “Search for a Star”)
    • Opportunities for course trips to games companies, and national gaming events (EGX Rezzed)
    • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs
    • Up-to-date games programming/development software (Unity3D, Unreal Engine 4, Adobe Photoshop, Substance Painter/Designer)
    • Yearly group projects, which allow for a real-life games development experience
    • Games Design BA (Hons)

      Once you successfully complete the HND, you can progress onto Games Design BA (Hons).

  • 19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    EGX Rezzed Games convention: £20 (annually)

    18/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    EGX Rezzed Games convention: £20 (annually)

    18/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

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