Computing, Games and IT

Games Design Foundation Degree (FdA)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2020. The course runs for two years.

Entry requirements

  • 80 UCAS points from either A Level grades CDD


  • BTEC Extended Diploma with relevant subject of Film or Media at grade Merit, Merit, Pass
  • Plus GCSE English and maths at grade C or above or Level 2 equivalent

You will achieve

Games Design Foundation Degree (FdA). Validated by Sheffield Hallam University.

Awarding Body

Validated by the Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

The course offers you an ideal opportunity to acquire knowledge, understanding and the necessary transferable skills for working in the creative side of games design. You will study a variety of subjects and skills ranging from 3D game modelling, 2D game art, digital animation and 3D game prototype development through to games design theory, and games mechanics. All aspects of the course relate to industry contexts and industry links will be encouraged within many modules throughout the course. There is an emphasis on practical work giving you the opportunity to create a strong creative portfolio.

You will learn to use a range of industry standard software applications and techniques in the modelling, texturing, design and game asset creation fields. You will study all aspects of the games industry, including structure and operation, professional organisations, production flow, audience reception and emerging technologies. There will be a focus on employability and the creation of self-promotional material.

Benefits of studying at Barnsley College:

  • Our small friendly campus at Barnsley has purpose built facilities for your course.
  • You’ll be taught by staff with years of experience in games design.
  • You’ll have opportunities to work with outside clients locally, providing 2D and 3D assets whilst working with students from our film and music courses.

Course content

Year 1

  • Games Design Theory and Culture
  • Games Mechanics and Narrative
  • Game Art Fundamentals
  • 3D Modelling Principles
  • 2D Digital Graphics
  • Game Practice Skills

Year 2

  • Games Industry and Society
  • Games World Creation
  • Games Animation
  • 3D Game Art
  • Game Cinematics
  • Collaborative Project

You will learn through lectures and seminars, workshops and practical activities. Your work will be assessed through portfolios and written assignments

Portable hard drives are recommended.

Church Street Campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

Graduates can go on to work within the games industry as 2D or 3D artists, level designers, concept artists and animators. Some graduates may choose to work freelance and some may choose careers in other media such as advertising and film or television.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year.

Extra information

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to:

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

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Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Games Design Foundation Degree (FdA)

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