Level 4/5 HNC/D in Game Design FT – September 2024

Funding information: Student Finance HE Loan available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 year HNC, 2 years HND
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This HNC/D is a pathway that focusses on games design and development, looking into different creative media industry pathways and developing skills within games design. You will be exploring skill building using industry standard software, and really developing yourself as a professional within the games industry.

You will be developing soft and hard skills and creating your own portfolio to represent these skills and chosen pathway. You first year is spent on the HNC building up core skills in games design and development, while exploring theoretical elements of games. This can lead to progression to HND (L5) and potentially a Level 6 BSc degree in computer software development at Chesterfield College.

Within the course we explore historical contexts of games, game art, 2D and 3D within games, game software, progression and personal development, and portfolio creation ready for self-advertising for industry. You will be working individually to build your skills up, and you will need to work closely in teams to really push development of working products. Within the course we try to promote live client briefs, invite industry professionals in for live lectures, and undertake some work placements.

Course Content


  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Game Development Practices
  • Games in Context
  • Game Design
  • Principles in Animation
  • 3D Modelling
  • Game Art



  • Narrative
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Character Modelling
  • Game Art
  • Social Media and Applications
  • Character modelling
  • Portfolio Building
  • Marketing

Entry Requirements

A relevant Level 3 qualification such as Computing, Creative Media, Art and Design.

A portfolio of creative media work such as game ideas, concept art, game design and development, 3D modelling, 2D animation, etc.

English and maths (grade C/4 or above at GCSE or Level 2 equivalent.

Mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.

Assessment Methods

  • Presentations
  • Practical Work
  • Portfolio
  • Reports


Successful completion of the HND in Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design) can lead on to a wide range of roles including: game designer, game programmer, technical artist, and level editor.

You can also choose to progress to the Level 6 BSc (Hons) Computer Software Development at Chesterfield College.

Case Study

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Chesterfield College

Games Design