Level 3 Diploma in Games Art & Design

Level 3 Diploma in Games Art & Design

Level 3 Diploma in Games Art & Design

This is a full-time course over two years, which is designed to introduce you to the necessary and professional skills needed in the video games industry. Completion of the course will provide you with a Diploma equivalent to three A-Levels and many of our students progress to a related University degree course or seek employment in the rapidly growing games industry, which currently contributes £1billion to the UK economy.

During the course, you will study the production process and develop the skills required to create highly professional video games and use industry standard software at every step to design, develop and test your own creations. You will create your own games by developing knowledge and understanding of games design in multiple aspects; there is a strong emphasis on professional development and you will leave the course with an extensive online portfolio of work as well as experience in working as a team.

Educational trips will be arranged and may include art and games exhibitions and visits to local games developers, such as ‘Codemasters’.


Over the two years with us, you will study:

  • All units are focused toward putting together a portfolio of work demonstrating the required skills necessary to progress into employment or to access a University Degree in a relevant subject area.
  • A secondary option being on successful completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma, you could apply to our HND course in which you could achieve Level 4 and 5 qualifications in Game Art.


Units covered include:

  • Drawing from Observation
  • Drawing Concept Art for Computer Games
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • 3D Modelling, 3D Environments and 3D Animation
  • Computer Game Engines
  • Computer Game Platforms and Technologies


This course is a Study Programme which consists of:

  • Vocational Qualification
  • Work Experience
  • Tutorial
  • Maths*
  • English*

*If you have not already achieved a GCSE pass at Grade 5 or above (a Grade ‘C’ equivalent in the old exam system) you will study Maths and/or English as an integral part of your college programme.


Four GCSEs at Grade 4 (C in the old grading structure) or above, including Art and one in English or Maths; with some preference given to related subjects such as ICT, Computing, Graphics, and/or other Art courses. Or, a related Level 2 Qualification (Game Design & Digital Media), preferably completed at a ‘Distinction’ grade with GCSE/Level 2 in English & Maths.

In addition, you must produce a portfolio of artwork for an interview.

Course Summary

Length of study:
2 years


Term dates

Study campus:

Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

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