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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

London’s College for Skills

Introduction to the course

The HNC in Creative Media production (Animation and Games) aims to provide learners with strong sector- specific skills such as 3D modelling, games design and development, animation, compositing, VFX, rendering and lighting.

The course is aimed at those aiming for work in the digital media industry as creative artists. This could include roles such as games designer, animation artist, 3D modelling and design, technical games artist, visual FX artist or 2D animator. These skills will prepare you for entry-level jobs in the industry or the foundation to improve and develop your skills further in other higher education establishments. Work is completed using software such as Unity, Maya, Adobe Creative Suite and Z-Brush. A key strategy is to link learners with employers, using real industry briefs for assignments to focus on professional solutions and realistic work cycles.

The course will:


  • Provide education and training for a range of careers in the games and animation industries

  • Provide opportunities for potential workers in the media sector to achieve a nationally recognised level 4 or 5 vocationally specific quali cation

  • Provide opportunities for full-time learners to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the games/animation/media sectors or progress to higher education vocational qualifications in media production

  • Develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners in the eld of media production

  • Provide learners with transferable skills that will enable them to progress and move within the media sector

  • Provide opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher-level skills in a media context

  • Providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life 

What do I need?

  • Level 3 qualification in Creative Media Production – Games and Animation (A-Level, BTEC - Merit or Distinction grades)

  • Excellent reference

  • Level 2 English and Maths

How is the course taught?

The learners enrolled on this programme are guided and supported through a personal tutor and career advisor for HE progression. Learners successfully completing the HNC normally progress onto courses or work in areas such as games design or development, animation production and multimedia and SPX.

Average class size would be between 10-15 learners. It is expected that learners will also study independently after given guidance by their lecturers. All teaching staff are well qualified with industry skills and experience. Staff specialities include 2D/3D design and animation, games development, concept art and modelling. 

All students will study these modules:

Unit 1: Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production

Unit 2: Research Techniques for Creative Media Production

Unit 35: Animation Techniques

Unit 45: Drawing Techniques for Computer Game Concept Art

Unit 46: 2D Digital Graphics for Computer Games

Unit 47: 2D Digital Animation for Computer Games

Unit 49: 3D Computer Game Engines

Unit 70: 3D Environments for Computer Games

Unit 71: 3D Animation for Computer Games (Optional)  

How will I be assessed?

Learning takes place through a variety of activities on this course. These include:

  •  Lectures

  • Practical workshops in our fully equipped Mac studios

  • Student centred assignments

  • Projects (including external client projects)

  • Presentations

  • Participation in our annual show where learners will exhibit their skills and projects

  • Online portfolio to show work, build contacts and opportunities for employment

What does it lead to?

On completion you will be given an option study for a second year and complete a full Higher National Diploma (HND) in Animation and Games Design. Following this you will be able to complete a full honours degree at a partner institution, or alternatively you can seek employment.

Employer's Benefit

For an employer candidates would have a range of Digital Animation and Games Design skills. Having technical skills including, 3D modelling, 2D/3D animation, Games obtained by using software such as Adobe Creative Suite (Master Collection), Maya 3D, Unity and Games Salad.

Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date
Tottenham Centre 25 Sep 2018 - 6 Jul 2019

Course Code: HN4MCRTH / 18DA11A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 – 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
Tuition Fee: £5,787.00
* All fees are VAT free

If you are aged, 19-23 click here for information on financial help available to you.

If you are aged 24+ click here for information on financial help available to you. This course is eligible for a loan.

Information on how to apply

What are the levels?


Mitchell Brice

I am now working in the media industry and have worked on the latest MIA music video. I am keen to take my career international, and am hoping to work on productions in Europe and the US.

Mitchell Brice Media Production Level 2 and 3

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Entry Level

This level will help you to develop general skills and improve your confidence if you do not have any experience or GCSEs. It will improve your basic reading, number skills and English language skills

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Level 1

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This level gives you a thorough and developed understanding of the subject area. This level will give you experience in problem-solving, managing a workload and adapting your skills to achieve your objectives. This level is the minimum requirement when applying to universities and is the preferred requirement for most employers.

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