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Course Details

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Location University Centre - Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 5
Start Date September
Duration 2 years
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body University of Hull
Offering Code HFL5IGD1D000
UCAS Code 4R5W
UCAS Tariff 64
Programme Design and Overview

The casual game market has expanded enormously, helped by the increasing number and power of mobile devices and integration with next gen consoles. Casual games platforms, new funding models, new development tools, and an ever-expanding marketplace means there is huge potential for students wishing to set up as independent games developers or take the next steps towards pursuing employment within the games industry.

FdA Indie Games has been designed to allow you to build video games from initial inception all the way through to published content giving you valuable experience in a large variety of methods and techniques that will allow you to fully realise your creative ideas and launch them on a variety of platforms utilising industry standard techniques and technologies.

Indicative Content

FdA Indie Games develops your ability to design and develop video game content. You will concentrate on the main areas of game design, game production, publishing, and marketing which will provide you with practical experience of the roles and responsibilities required to make a successful independent game development team.

Throughout the course you will be expected to study a range of research, design, production and publishing techniques, with the focus on producing a range of functional prototypes and complete independent games using industry standard software. Modules include: Year 1 (Level 4)

• Indie Game Design
• Indie Game Programming
• Games Industry Analysis
• User Experience
• Indie Game Production 1
• Study Skills Year 2 (Level 5)
• Post Production & Marketing
• Indie Game Production 2
• Indie Game Company 1
• Indie Game Company 2
• Career & Portfolio Development
• Research Methods

Delivery Methods The course is built around a series of practical assignments, which encourage you to investigate the tasks and processes of independent game development. You’ll develop the knowledge to undertake these assignments through a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars, and self-study activities. As well as your regular timetable, you’ll be expected to undertake at least an equivalent amount of self-study, which can be done either at the University Centre; at home; or a combination of both.
Nature of Assessments on the Programme

You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods including presentations and practical projects, which will give you the opportunity to design and develop your own video games.

Academic Support:

Academic support is integrated into the course structure, with additional online and library based resources.

Entry Requirements

College or Sixth Form Students should typically have a minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points. An English and Maths qualification [GCSE Grade C/GCSE Grade 4 and above] is essential.

You will need to demonstrate strong IT and communication skills, as well as a range of personal qualities including motivation and an interest in games design.

Non-traditional Entrants do not need the same entry qualifications as college or sixth form students, although previous study at Level 3 [A Levels, Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma or similar] would be an advantage. An English and Maths qualification [GCSE Grade C/GCSE Grade 4 and above] is essential.

Applications are encouraged if you have other qualifications, appropriate work experience, or can demonstrate sufficient aptitude and motivation to succeed on the course. You may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this programme. You will be required to attend a portfolio interview [see below].

Applicants will be invited to demonstrate their portfolio during the interview and to discuss its contents. Ideally it will contain game design or development work, but could also include graphic design, media or traditional art work. The process will be used to assess the applicant’s aptitude for the creative and technical demands of the programme. Samples of the applicant’s own essays, reports and / or evaluations are also desirable to assess their academic abilities. If an applicant does not have a portfolio of work, a creative and digital project can be set to help them. In some circumstances, additional attendance at a summer school may also be required.

Attendance Expectations The course runs 14 hours a week over two consecutive days. The timetable has been designed to recreate a professional working day, minimise the amount of travelling and to maximise your time in college.
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2020/21

Annual Tuition Fee : Full-time £6750.00 per year

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs

The following costs should be used as a guide only.

Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.  There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony:
When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here: www.edeandravenscroft.com/graduation-services.

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email: hebursaryfund@wakefield.ac.uk

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email: student.finance@wakefield.ac.uk

Further Study

The course is recognised as a qualification in its own right or can be combined with a top-up degree to obtain a full honours degree.

Career Opportunities

This course will give you the knowledge, technical skills, and experience to gain employment within the rapidly growing video games sector or to set up your own company.

How to Apply

Applications are via UCAS. You will need to quote the Institution Code Name: WAKEC; the Institution Code: W08; and the Course Code: 4R5W

Admissions Process

For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website: http://www.wakefield.ac.uk/higher-education/he-policies

Pre-enrolment Preparation

All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview and portfolio demonstration of their own Creative & Digital work. Additionally in some instances the use of BKSB diagnostic testing or project-based assessment may be applied to further support the pre-enrolment process.

Group Size

Minimum group size - 10

Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at: Additionalsupportenquiries@wakefield.ac.uk

For Further Details

Please contact Course Leader, Rob Charlish via email r.charlish@wakefield.ac.uk. Alternatively, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Subject Area (W) Digital Industries
Client Group (W) Higher Education, 19+, International
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