HND Creative Media Production (Computer Games Animation) (full-time)
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Sep 2020
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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Salisbury campus, this course has been developed with the games industry to ensure that the content is both up-to-date and relevant.  You will work in an industry style studio from day one using state-of-the-art equipment so you will get a taste of what it is like to work in industry.

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.

The college's 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, Concept Art, Games Design and Development roles. 

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

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

What will I learn?

The Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Computer Games Animation) gives you essential practical skills and techniques and an insight into all of the core functional areas of games development, animation in games design and organisation management.

You will be expected to carry out work on projects / assessments and reading outside the timetabled hours using our Higher Education Study area and / or working from home via the college's 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.  Careful consideration has been taken to ensure modules meet the needs of the Games Industry for both entry as a freelance Games Developer and for full time employment. 

Year One:

  • Individual Project
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Game Development Practices
  • Games in Context
  • Game Design
  • Storyboarding
  • Principles of Animation

Year Two:

  • Collaborative Project (Pearson Set)
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Games Development Studies
  • Advanced Animation
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Business Practices for Creative Media Production
  • Environment & Level Design

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points from full level 3 qualifications as well as 4 GCSEs at minimum grade C (4 / 5) or above to include English and Maths or equivalent.

A BTEC or UAL Diploma at MMM may be considered.

Prior experience may also be considered for entry onto this course and please contact the college's HE Admissions team 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 6.0 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Study, assessment and qualifications

There is continual assessment across the course including:

  • Written reports
  • Weblogs
  • Presentations
  • Final research project.

There is also an expectation that students studying on the course will complete 20 hours of directed self study.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an HND in Creative Media Production (Computer Games Animation), accredited by Pearson.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme through UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £5,300 per year (£11,500 per year for international students).

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is M7W2.

Click here for the programme handbook.

Trips and Visits: London, EGX Eurogamer, Reezed, London V&A

There are two main trips available on this course on a first come first serve basis to industry relevant locations.  The costs for these trips are approximately £30 per trip.

Students should also purchase a 1 TerraByte hard drive for backup of essential files, an A3 drawing book and a selection of drawing materials, pens, pencils etc.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

Games industry functional areas including working Freelance, Indie Developer, Producer, Assistant Producer, Lead and other development roles and responsibilities.

Other potential career opportunities include 2D or 3D Animator, 2D or 3D Modelling Skills and Techniques, Foley Sound Artist, Research Techniques for Creative Media Production, Games Designer, Level Designer, Concept Artist, Story and Script Writer, Pre Production, Production and Post Production.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to progress onto an appropriate degree top up year course.