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  • Qualification

    Higher National Diploma - HND

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 Years

Course summary

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. The object of this course is to give you the opportunity to gain the experiences needed to start your professional journey after graduation.Based at the University’s brand new state of the art campus, Waterside, you will be using some of the most up-to-date games development software like that of Substance, Unity3D, UE4, Z Brush, 3DS Max, and the Adobe Creative Suite.The University of Northampton is an academic partner of Unreal Engine, this means we are an official training site for UE4.You will be taught in a way that encourages creativity and give you the opportunity to learn from those with industry experience. Through a series of practical modules, you will be given the chance to explore the theory of design through to the development of quality prototypes for mobile, PC, and console. Key topics which will be covered include: Narrative theory, UX/UI, Introduction to Programming, 2D & 3D Skills, Engine Development, Design Management, and Professional Practice. This course also forms part of a game development suite of courses which work together to give its students the experience of working with different skills sets within a games environment. Working together with students from HND/BSc Games Programming and BA Games Art, you will gain the experience of working through the whole development cycle from idea generation to publishing.With the skills you will acquire you will be encouraged to think “outside the box” and generate novel ideas which could become the next big thing. Maybe to explore the use of Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality. Possibly look into creating the ideas for the next big social game, or how we could use games to help others learn something new.Through our other games courses students at the University of Northampton have had work published in leading magazine, appearing on TV, exhibited at major gaming events, and have entered national/international Game Jam Competitions.All of the teaching and learning materials that you will need will be available on NILE, our Virtual Learning Environment. Most of the software you will be using on this course is free to download (except for ZBrush and Substance).**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**- You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more. - Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.- Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.- We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK** ✱ terms and conditions apply. See northampton.ac.uk/benefits for more information✱✱ source: Guardian University League Table 2020

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 12,900per year

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University information

University of Northampton

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  • Campus address

    Main Site, The University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PH, England

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