HND Computer Game Animation
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Start Date
Course Type
Course Code
Sep 2019
Full-Time HE
About this course

This course has been developed with employers within the games industry to ensure that the content is both up-to-date and relevant. You'll work in a professional studio from day one, using state-of-the-art equipment and you'll get a taste of what it's like to work in the industry. Our teaching team includes industry professionals who will support you to gain the right skills to be able to apply for a range of specialised 3D Animation and Concept Art roles.

You will use 3ds Max, Maya, Photoshop and the Unreal 4 Engine, CryEngine, as well as Mudbox, as your core set of tools. This course is for you if you're keen to understand both 3D computer modelling and animation aspects of games production.

This HND in Computer Game Animation provides you with an opportunity to study locally for a higher education qualification which you can use as a means to gain employment or continue your full-time studies.

Click on the link below to find out more about Higher National qualifications: 

What will I learn?

The HND in Computer Game Animation gives you an insight into all of the core functional areas of Games Development and Animation in Games Design and organisation management.

You will have a timetable covering classes two or three days a week which provides the opportunity to maintain part-time work or other commitments during the rest of the week. You will be expected to carry out work on assessments and reading outside the timetabled hours using our Higher Education Study area and/or working from home via or eLearning environment. You will study either individually or in small and medium sized groups using a variety of methods including research and group work, traditional classes, seminars and guided learning.

The course is continuously assessed using reports, presentations, debates and other methods to develop your games development industry communications confidence and skills. There is also the option of work experience period during the second year of the course.

Throughout the programme you will have a personal tutor who you will meet with regularly to discuss your progress and facilitate your learning experience.

For the 2017 intake Year 1 modules may include:

  • Research Techniques for Creative Media Production
  • Practical Skills for Computer Game Animation
  • Computer Games Studies
  • Drawing Techniques for Computer Game Concept Art
  • 2D Digital Graphics for Computer Games
  • 2D Digital Animation for Computer Games
  • 3D Computer Game Engines

The follow on Year 2 modules may include:

  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media Production
  • Career Development for the Computer Games Industry
  • 3D Environments for Computer Games
  • 3D Animation for Computer Games
  • CGI Rendering and Lighting for Computer Games Animation
  • 3D Character Animation for Computer Games
  • Work Experience in the Creative Media Sector

Please note: Modules and course content subject to change

Entry requirements

A minimum of 48 new UCAS points from full Level 3 qualifications, as well as 4 GCSEs at minimum grade C or above to include English and Maths or equivalent.

Prior experience may also be considered for entry onto this course. Please contact admissions for more information.

Post-Baccalaureate equivalent for other EU applicants. Non EU students require equivalent qualifications.

Applications from mature candidates without the required entry criteria are welcomed and considered on an individual basis.

Where English is not the applicant's first language an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Study, assessment and qualifications
Additional costs and information

The UCAS Institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is M7W2.

The cost of this course is £4500.00 per year.


Click here for the programme handbook.

What could I do next?

Games Industry functional areas including working freelance, Indie Developer, role of the Producer, assistant producer, lead and other development roles and responsibilities, 2D/3D animator, 2D, 3D modelling skills and techniques, research techniques for creative media production, pre-production, production and post production.

Wiltshire College has direct links with universities and will support you in applying for a place in the second or third year of a degree programme.