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Level 5 HND in Games Art & Design

Level 5 HND in Games Art & Design

Level 5 HND in Games Art & Design

The Higher National Diploma in Art & Design (Games) is a full-time course over 2 years designed to provide you with the skills to progress toward industry. Completion of the course will provide you with a full Level 4 and 5 qualification and portfolio; this course has been structured to meet the needs of a constantly evolving industry and we aim to ensure that you leave with a skill set required for a career in games production.

In the first year of the course, you will achieve the HNC in Art & Design (Games) which provides a foundation in the core game art, design, modelling and animation skills required within the industry. Satisfactory completion of the HNC will allow you to progress to Year two to complete the HND course in Art & Design (Games) to develop specialised skills within a chosen games discipline.

The course is primarily art focused on a heavy emphasis on the development of traditional art skills. These traditional skills will form the foundation for digital work. You will develop expertise in the use of software such as ‘ZBrush’ and ‘Maya’ for high and low poly modelling and ‘Photoshop’ for digital painting and texturing. You will also develop skills in 2D & 3D character and environment production as well as advanced rigging and skinning for character animation. You will be encouraged to demonstrate your work in a games context using real-time engines such as Unity and Unreal.

Previous students’ progression:

  • All units are focused toward putting together a portfolio of work demonstrating the required skills necessary to progress into employment.
  • A secondary option being on successful completion of the HND, you could apply to University for a third year to achieve a full degree in Games Art.

Units covered include:

  • 3D Computer Modelling and Animation
  • 3D Environments for Computer Games
  • Visual Communication in Art and Design
  • Digital Media in Art and Design
  • Personal Development through Drawing
  • Media Convergence (Individual Project)
  • Game Design and Level Design for Computer Games

Practical 2D:

  • Traditional Art
  • Concept Art
  • Digital Art
  • Character Development
  • Environment Design

Practical 3D:

  • Asset Modelling
  • Environment Modelling
  • Character Modelling
  • Animation


  • Game Design
  • Art Theory
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing
  • Ideas Generation and Development


  • Maya
  • ZBrush
  • Unreal Engine
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Substance Painter/Designer
  • Construct 2

Two Merit grades or above in a Level 3 Extended Diploma in an Art/Graphics-based subject or three A-Levels, with a grade ‘C’ or above in an Art/Graphics-based subject.

Desired grade ‘C’ or above in GCSE English/Maths.

Successful candidates must produce an artwork portfolio for review at interview.

Course Summary

Length of study:
2 years 


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Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 5

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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.

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