Computer Games Development
This course is an NPA (National Progression Award) and is offered at three SCQF levels, 4, 5 and 6
The National Progression Award in Computer Games Development is intended to prepare you for progression to further study in Computer Games Development, Digital Media Studies, Computing Science and IT subjects.
The award provides a foundation in the knowledge and skills of Computer Games Development that will be necessary if you intend to later specialise in aspects of Computer Games Development, Digital Media Studies, Computing Science and IT subjects.
There are three units within each NPA:
- Computer Games: Design
- Computer Games: Media Assets
- Computer Games: Development
Computer Games: Design
You will acquire an understanding of the underlying concepts and fundamental principles involved in digital gaming planning and design. You will learn how to recognise and distinguish differences between numerous gaming platforms, environments and genres. You will be introduced to fundamental methods used in the planning and design stages involved in the production of a digital game. You will plan and design a level in a digital game. At SQCF level 5 you will be introduced to the role of the games designer and at SCQF level 6 you will build on your knowledge of hardware in gaming technology and investigate graphics and sound technology used by various types of digital gaming platforms. You will investigate emerging technologies in gaming and analyse how this technology will affect games and peoples’ expectations of games. You will investigate what organisations and activities are involved in the investment, creation, production and distribution of games and evaluate external factors to be considered when designing a digital game. You will evaluate design methods used in the planning and design stages involved in the production of a digital game. You will plan and design a digital game to a given brief.
Computer Games: Media Assets
You will acquire an understanding of the different types of media asset required for developing a digital game. You will learn how to plan and produce media assets for use in a game development environment.
Computer Games: Development
You will gain an understanding of the processes involved in the final stages of development of a digital game. You will learn how to use your chosen game development environment to bring together all the parts and produce a working game. You will gain an understanding of the evaluation process and then go on to plan and deliver a promotional activity. At SCQF level 5 you will devise a test strategy then test the game thoroughly, recording the results. You will gain an understanding of the evaluation process and complete a user review of a game that applies a scoring/rating system. Youwill finally plan and create a promotional activity. At SCQF level 6 you will identify, plan and perform the main promotional activities undertaken in a computer games product launch.