The production of games requires a unique set of skills, which covers disciplines in design, media, the visual arts, audio, story development and programming. In 2004 the Northern Regional College developed the first nationally approved Level 3 Course in Games Development.

EDEXCEL in association with the Northern Regional College and the UK’s largest game publisher Eidos have developed the course content, assessment and delivery strategies to meet the needs of this evolving and exciting Industry.

The Games Development course team work closely with Eidos and all of their development studios (such as Crystal Dynamics, Pivotal and Beautiful Games Studio) to ensure unit structure and content are relevant, industry specific and match the requirements of SkillSet (the Sector Skills Council for audio visual industries).

Eidos exclusively endorse the College’s course structure and delivery methods, and provide resource materials for student learning. This industrial link ensures students experience enriched training and opportunities to meet Games Industry professionals during guest lectures from Eidos personnel.

Course Location: Ballymoney. Northern Ireland.

1 year, Full-time

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above or other relevant qualifications. A general interest in all aspects of Games and evidence of creativity is essential eg. Story Writing, Photography, Drawing, Digital Graphics or Model making.

In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

David Brockbank

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