Games Design & VFX

Kickstart your career in games with BCE! Study Game Design at London’s biggest creative academy and take your passion for games to the next level.
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Develop talent.‍Transform lives.Create careers.

Learn about the games industry, design characters and concept art, and develop your own 2D and 3D games

BCE’s Games Design course will equip you with the skills you need to break into the games design industry. Bring your ideas to life while learning concept art, 2D & 3D design, audio design and more at BCE’s cutting-edge Digital Future Campus.

Our Games Design and Animation courses will secure you the necessary UCAS points to progress to University and study at a number of prestigious institutions or prepare for a career in the industry. Some Universities will require a merit or distinction.

Games industry is worth £5.26bn
54% increase in jobs
Skills shortages in entry level workers

 

New for September 2022
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Interested in fully-funded international work experience placements? All of our courses offer opportunities to work abroad in a variety roles and settings.

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T-Level in Digital Production, Design and Development - Level 3

T-Level in Digital Production, Design and Development – Level 3 Duration: 2 YearsTLevel Logo BlackWithStraplineAndPurpleAccent - Big Creative Education

This course is designed for students who want to progress to a career in the Digital sector, with a focus on software design and development. The purpose of the Level 3 Technical Qualification in Digital Production, Design and Development is to ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into highly skilled employment, an apprenticeship or higher-level study, including university, within the specialist area of software design and development.

Students will learn about the following topics;

  • Problem solving
  • Programming
  • Emerging issues and impact of digital
  • Legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Business context
  • Data
  • Digital environments
  • Security

The T-Level is delivered across 2 years and supports progression to entry-level job opportunities in software design and development. Job roles could include:

  • Software Development Technician
  • Junior Developer
  • Junior Web Developer
  • Junior Application Developer
  • Junior Mobile App Developer
  • Junior Games Developer
  • Junior Software Developer
  • Junior Application Support Analyst
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Entry Requirements Five GCSEs/ international GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, Maths and Science and/or Vocational Tech Award qualification(s) at Level 2 at Pass and above in a relevant subject e.g. BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology

Level 3 Games Design

Level 3 Games Design Duration: 2 Years

This course will develop your skills in creating digital games, using creation software such as Unity 2D and Maya 3D. You will investigate design level narratives, interfaces, mechanics, genre and target audiences to help you create a plan to develop your own 2D or 3D video games. Our gaming students work on live briefs with exciting companies such as Microsoft and Google. Learners will gain a thorough theoretical and practical understanding of the game design pipeline, this includes;

  • Research methods
  • Presentation of a game proposal
  • Concept art
  • Illustration art
  • UI design
  • VFX for games
  • 3D modelling and texturing
  • Rigging
  • Animation and game engine mechanics
  • The business of video games
Qualification: Level 3 OCR Technical Diploma in Media (Games Pathway)
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Entry Requirements Level 3: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English (or equivalent)

Level 2 Games Design

Level 2 Games Design Duration: 1 Year

Have you ever tried to create a mod for a game? Add a character to a game that wasn’t meant to be there because you thought it would be fun? When you were a kid did you make up games for you and your friends to play? This course is for creative and inquisitive individuals, aged 16 – 23, who want to create the next generation of interactive experiences for people to enjoy in the future. This is for people who want to design and make games.

  • Enterprise for the gaming industry
  • 2D level design
  • Digital art production
  • Using game engines
  • 2D game production
  • Audio for video games

 

Qualification: Level 2 OCR Technical Diploma in Media (Games Pathway)
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Entry Requirements Level 2: 3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English (or equivalent)
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All of our courses are free for 16-18 year olds and 19-23 if the funding criteria is met. To discuss this further, email: recruitment@bigcreative.education

Made at BCE

Here’s what BCE Games Design alumni have made before going on to work in the games design industry

Learn from industry experts

BCE’s industry partnerships will help you break through to the games industry and develop your skills in gaming and games design.

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INTO GAMES

Through an exciting new partnership with Into Games, we’re able to give BCE students the opportunity to work alongside leading London games studios. Sports Interactive, a veteran studio of over twenty years and developers of award-winning games like Championship Manager, Hatoful Boyfriend and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, will offer BCE’s Games Design students an exclusive partnership that brings our students closer than ever to employers, providing:

  • Providing 2 live briefs for a Classroom Studio
  • Industry masterclasses and workshops
  • Studio visits
  • Judging game jams and student competitions
  • Connecting students to the Digital Mentorship Programme
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Join BCE’s Esports team and show us what you’re made of

Our student-led Esports team The Blackhorse Knights have competed at the British Esports Championships and Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros Ultimate Team Battle. Big Creative Education’s state-of-the-art Esports Hub is home to The Blackhorse Knights and is open to all students in our new Digital Future campus, offering an area to train, compete, shoutcast, promote and coach. Building your professional skills for the Esports industry has never been easier.

“At BCT we provide a supportive, all-encompassing and stimulating education for our Animation and NextGen VFX learners. Our syllabus is devised to mirror Industry practice whilst supporting learners to expand their knowledge, digital design and imaginative skills”

Alfred ZekajCurriculum Manager for Animation & Games Design Department

Welcome to BCE’s Digital Future Campus

BCE’s brand new Digital Future Campus is one of the most advanced in the country for further education students, packed with cutting-edge Animation & VFX equipment and an industry-led curriculum that rivals some of the UK’s top universities.

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Why study with us?

Developing the best learning environments for students

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Learn from the best Professional tutors with extensive industry experience will teach you everything you need to know
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Develop your skills Equip yourself with the skills needed for in-demand jobs in the industry, working to real-world briefs
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State-of-the-Art The most up to date industry-standard equipment allows your ability to shine
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Proven success Many of our students progress into careers in London’s exciting creative economy or go on to study at top universities

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Vocational success rate for Academy learners

74

of BCE Level 3 learners progress to University

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of BCE apprentices progress into careers in London’s creative economy

For Parents & Guardians

Ofsted Report

Big Creative Training Limited (BCT) is an independent training provider based in Walthamstow. BCT opened in 2000 and offers creative industries programmes for 16 to 19, apprenticeships, adult courses and alternative provision. BCT is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all areas.

Big Creative Academy (BCA) is a 16 to 19 academy based in Walthamstow. The academy opened in September 2014 and offers study programmes for students aged 16 to 19 in subjects to prepare them primarily for further study or employment in the creative industries. BCA is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Teachers have very good subject knowledge and industrial experience, as well as strong commercial links with practitioners and employers; they use these effectively to help inspire students and provide a strongly vocational context to their development.

All staff work closely with students to help them overcome any barriers to learning, to assure their health and welfare, to maintain good behaviour and a positive work ethic; as a result, students feel safe and are able to achieve their potential.

To discuss course options with us,

email: recruitment@bigcreative.education or phone: 020 8498 3300

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