Succeeding in the field of Games Technology involves a combination of technical aptitude and commercial and creative know-how. That’s exactly what our degree programmes are intended to equip you with, meaning that you’ll stand every chance of landing your dream job once you graduate from Somerset College.
This programme incorporates our innovative use of work-based learning, to help you gain hands-on experience in professional environments during your studies. First years undertake a work placement with an employer in the games technology industry, while the second year includes a live games production project. In the past, students have worked on developing games for partners such as the NHS, Mole Valley Farmers, British Red Cross and Somerset Wildlife.
The FdSc covers a range of topics. In the first year you will cover:
- Programming Fundamentals
- Games Mathematics
- 3D Modelling & animation Fundamentals
- Games Platforms and Technologies
- Games Design and Development
- Professional Practice and the Workplace
The second year covers:
- Sound for Games
- Computers Games Production Project
- Games AI
- Advanced 3D Animation
- Advanced Games Programming
- Rigging: Character Modelling - optional module
- Introduction to Mobile Programming - optional module
With a set of highly sought-after skills and competencies, and practical work experience in the games technology industry, your chances of securing employment after graduation are high. Our graduates have gone on to roles as technical artists or games programmers, as well as a wide spectrum of other jobs in the creative media sector, such as mobile device programmers, graphic designers and digital artists.
The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
This is the first stage of the Foundation degree programme and is a nationally recognised award in its own right.
Applicants for the FdSc require a relevant Extended Diploma (MPP), or AS/A2 Levels in related disciplines (minimum 160 points, including 80 points at A2 Level). Alternatively, an Advanced Diploma or Access Certificate will suffice.
We also require students to have GCSE English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C.
Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their interest in the field of study.