Course Details


The course offers you an ideal opportunity to acquire knowledge, understanding and the necessary transferable skills for working in the creative side of games design. You will study a variety of subjects and skills ranging from 3D game modelling, 2D game art, digital animation and 3D game prototype development through to games design theory, and games mechanics. All aspects of the course relate to industry contexts and industry links will be encouraged within many modules throughout the course. There is an emphasis on practical work giving you the opportunity to create a strong creative portfolio.

You will learn to use a range of industry standard software applications and techniques in the modelling, texturing, design and game asset creation fields. You will study all aspects of the games industry, including structure and operation, professional organisations, production flow, audience reception and emerging technologies. There will be a focus on employability and the creation of self-promotional material.

Benefits of studying at Barnsley College:

• Our small friendly campus at Barnsley has purpose built facilities for your course.
• You’ll be taught by staff with years of experience in games design.
• You’ll have opportunities to work with outside clients locally, providing 2D and 3D assets whilst working with students from our film and music courses.

How long is the course?

This course runs for 2 years

What qualification will I achieve?

Games Design (FdA)

What will I study?

Year 1

  • Games Design Theory and Culture
  • Games Mechanics and Narrative
  • Game Art Fundamentals
  • 3D Modelling Principles
  • 2D Digital Graphics
  • Game Practice Skills

Year 2

  • Games Industry and Society
  • Games World Creation
  • Games Animation
  • 3D Game Art
  • Game Cinematics
  • Collaborative Project

Where will I study?

You will study at Barnsley College Higher Education, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

Portable hard drives are recommended

How will I be assessed?

You will learn through lectures and seminars, workshops and practical activities. Your work will be assessed through portfolios and written assignments.

What can I do next?

Graduates can go on to work within the games industry as 2D or 3D artists, level designers, concept artists and animators. Some graduates may choose to work freelance and some may choose careers in other media such as advertising and film or television.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

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Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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