Explore the conceptual and functional design of games and discover how they influence each other. You will develop core skills which will revolve around techniques to generate of 2D and 3D digital assets. You will also explore the use of sound and narrative in the creation of interactive design, 3D hard surface and organic modelling, procedural and image based texturing, the advanced use of lighting and camera, character and procedural animation, and generating effects within game engines. The HND has been specially designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding you need for success in the games industry to enter employment or further your studies.


  • HNC Full time: 1 year
  • HNC Part time: 2 years
  • HND Full time: 2 years
  • HND Part time 4 years

Contact Time (per week) 

  • Full time: 2 days
  • Part time: 1 day

• 96 UCAS points typically from A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma in Media, Computing or Art, although students from other subjects are encouraged to apply
• Mature students who may not have formal qualifications are encouraged to apply for an interview where you will be considered on your experience, enthusiasm and commitment


Year 1:

  • Individual Project (Core)
  • The Creative Media Industry(Core)
  • Professional Practice(Core)
  • Game Development (Specialist)
  • Games in Context(Specialist)
  • Game Design(Specialist)
  • 3D Modelling(Specialist)
  • Principles of Animation (Optional)

Year 2:

  • Collaborative Project(Core)
  • Personal Professional Development(Core)
  • Sound for Media Production(Core)
  • Advanced Game Development Studies(Specialist)
  • Advanced Animation(Optional)
  • Narrative(Optional)
  • Advanced Rendering and Visualisation(Optional)

You will explore the use of industry standard software and high specification equipment for example: MAYA/3DS MAX, Unreal Engine 4, Photoshop and Unity. You will also learn how to develop both 2D and 3D solutions for various gaming platforms, contextualise the use of gaming for mainstream and niche gaming development, the use of sound in games design, the use of procedural effects and quick prototyping as well as gaining core skills in drawing, design, modelling, texturing and animation.

A range of assessment methods will be used including: presentations, academic essays and work-based projects. You will also complete the course with an online digital portfolio and completed game prototype that you can take with you to future university and job interviews.


Successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualifications required to ‘top-up’ to a full Bachelor’s Degree at university in just one year. Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up (for more information please see page 8).

The HND is a specialist vocational programme with a strong work-related emphasis. You could gain employment in the games industry in areas such as, digital animation, games design, games art, and games development.

You will have access to a large studio space equipped with Macs running the latest Adobe Suite software, print room including screen print table, large format printers and a photo studio.

You will also have access to high specification PCs running industry standard software such as MAYA, 3D Studio Max and Unreal Engine.

You will also have access to an Academic Support Tutor to assist you with your studies and careers advisors to help you with your future employment.

This course is enriched with a variety of trips and visits from guest speakers from the industry to develop your knowledge of different career opportunities in the games sector. You will have opportunities to take part in studio visits, conferences and exhibitional events, where games will be platformed.

The course will run within a live studio practice, merging projects and assignments to mirror a working games studio. This will allow you to use an enterprise approach to your practice, while developing soft skills in time management, communication and team working.

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For Admission

Level : Level 4/5
Starts : 09 September, 2019
Duration : 2 Years
NCS UCAS Code: N33
Course Code: HCINTAP
UCAS Code: C200
Fees : £6500 per year (part-time £3250). Some travel costs will be required for external visits. This is typically around £300.

: 01780 484 311
: enquiries@stamford.ac.uk