Game Art and Design
Vocational • Level 2
About the course
The level 2 BTEC Game Art and Design course is a project-based course with no exams where you will develop the skills required to produce a basic 2D game in unreal engine. The course aims to build your skills across aspects of game art and design using the latest industry standard software and equipment. The course covers content including pre production and planning, level design, blueprints in unreal, image and video editing, character creation and animations. Your work for this course will include the development of a portfolio of work which logs your progress, reflects your research and evaluates the skills you have developed.The work across each area of the course ultimately culminates in a final project that you will plan, design and develop yourself. You will be taught by industry professionals in lessons which are practical and make full use of our excellent computer equipment. This course will give you the foundation skills and knowledge which will enable you to progress on to the Level 3 BTEC in Game Art and Design.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
DurationThis course lasts 12 months
A minimum of three GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language OR a relevant Level 1 Diploma and a GCSE grade 4 in English Language
Module A1: Skills Development: This unit helps develop learners skills in 2D environment creation, 2D character creation, animation and presenting the final results in Unreal Engine. Module A2: Creative Project: This unit helps learners develop their ideas from interpretation of a set brief from a client to fulfilling the clients requirements using skills and creativity appropriate to the brief. Module B1: Personal Progression: This module allows learners to gain a broad understanding of opportunities within the game art and design sector and the type of skills needed to work in particular roles, allowing you to contextualise and focus your own creative development. This module allows you to investigate roles in the sector, identify areas for personal skills development and advance your skills relating to your personal aims and interests. Module C1: Responding to a Creative Brief: This module allows learners to apply the skills they have learned throughout the programme and progress their creative skills through the development and production of an extended response to a creative brief. Learners will do this by investigating all aspects of the brief, proposing ideas and plans and applying an ongoing process of creative development, review and refinement to realise their creative intentions and present finished outcomes.
The course is 100% coursework with no exams, this allows for much more time and delivery on practical work and all aspects of the production process for completing a brief, from initial interpretation to research, ideas building and production of the work. Learner receive ongoing formative feedback throughout their projects as well as summative feedback at the end of each unit. Each module has equally weighted assessment criteria: 1. Investigation 2. Communication 3. Practical Skills 4. Development 5. Approach
Careers & Progression
Learners who complete this qualification alongside other Level 2 qualifications may progress to further learning at Level 3, such as the Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice game art and design pathway. This qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop their game art and design skills through a process of self-evaluation, practice and review. In addition to the sector-specific content available in this qualification, the requirements mean that learners develop the transferable skills needed to progress to further education and ultimately higher education and employment, for example communication, planning and managing projects and creative problem solving. The qualification also supports learners in becoming more confident in taking ownership of and responsibility for their own direction, work and choices.
Laptop or computer at home to complete written assignment work would be beneficial, a headset to listen to tutorials and a portable hard drive to store you work.
Extra curricular activities
The Game Art and Design course offers a studio style club, where you will work on projects outside of the curriculum. This will allow you to explore and experience how a real studio works, while expanding your games design knowledge, skills and behaviours. There are also opportunities where you will receive external feedback and guest speakers from the industry. There are plenty of activities and visits to take part in that will help you achieve your ambitions. Past visits have included: Residentials to Berlin, Paris and London, visits to the Warner Brothers Studios and Bradford Media Museum and visits to gaming expos in Birmingham and Manchester. You will also benefit from a wide range of guest speakers to enrich the curriculum.