Interactive Media (Games, Art & Animation) BTEC HNC
This course focuses on the art of games design and animation – you will be exploring a wide range of disciplines and working methods to produce distinctive and creative digital outcomes. You will be working with a range of industry standard software to achieve these outcomes. This course will develop your skills in computer animation, modelling and games arts design. You will use a range of software packages and digital workflows to complete and number of negotiated projects. These skills will be underpinned by fundamental art principles developed through drawing, visual language and contextual studies.
To begin this course you will need a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, or a National Diploma in an Art & Design subject, or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, or relevant professional experience. Applicants from A-Level programmes displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered, as will mature students, who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including sketchbooks.
You will be introduced to animation principles, develop rig and animate character, investigate environmental designs (for animations or games), basic programming concepts as well as video editing. Students will be working to professional expectations within the course and will also undertake live project for external clients.
Modules may include:
- Visual Communication in Art and Design
- Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
- Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
- Professional Practice in art and Design
- Project Design, Implementation and evaluation
- Interactive Media Design and Prototyping
- Animation Techniques for Interactive in Art and Design
- 3D Computer Modelling and Animation
- Computer Programming Principles
- Interactive Media Technology
- Computing Fundamentals
- 2D, 3D and Time-Based Digital Applications
- Digital Media in Art and Design
- Digital Image Creation and Development
- Drawing Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
- Communication with Images in Art and Design.
Further study and career options
On completion of this course, you will be focused on gaining art development work within games or animation companies. This may be on a freelance basis or direct employment on long or short-term contracts. You will be working in the field of 3D modelling/animation as an animator, environmental artist, character artist, concept artist or other affiliated role.
Example list of software that you will be exposed to on this course:
- Autodesk Maya, Mudbox, Matchmover
- Adobe; Photoshop, Illustrator, Aftereffects, Premier
- Maxon Cinema 4D
- Resource fee of £150 to cover an animation related trip/visit and specialist animation paper.
To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code PAS3. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.