Diploma in Games Design

Incredible training

We have established an incredible 2 year programme that will provide you with all the creative skills and theory needed to design and build creative content for multi platform formats, including Video Games, Special Effects, Virtual Reality,  Apps and Websites. You will be immersed in digital production from the day you arrive.


Designed for you

Utilising industry standard hardware and software the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Production will link you into our experienced team who will provide you with the bespoke training in the disciplines you are most interested in. We will show you the protocols and processes utilised throughout the  creative digital, games and interactive industry to ensure you are fluent with current workflow conventions and techniques.


industry tutors

Our tutors are embedded in the industry and work at the cutting edge of digital production. They will inspire your learning and fuel your creativity alongside guest lecturers from industry and master classes from technical staff and engineers from some of the most innovative and influential development studios on the planet.




Our Creation Labs are resourced with the  high spec hardware and software required to deliver professional products. This includes:

  • PC’s
  • E5 Xeon CPUs
  • 64Gb Ram
  • 1080 GPU cards
  • Mac pros
  • Oculus Rift and Touch
  • Microsoft Hololens
  • iOS and Android Development devices
  • ZBrush  
  • Xbox One and PS4 Development machines
  • Unity
  • Photoshop
  • After Effects
  • Premiere
  • Illustrator
  • Maya
  • 3d Max
  • MaxMSP

We are adding to our kit all the time and have an awesome shopping list but if you have specific requests please feel free to contact us


Course Structure

Extended Diploma  

Designed for 16-18 yr olds

The 2 year course is designed to give you real world work experience and is delivered  in 15 hours of classes per week with another 10 hours a week spent producing and developing your projects independently or in groups. This is a full level 3 qualification and is equivalent to 3 A Levels.



Designed for adult students who are 19 and above

The Access course is a 1 year course designed for adult learners that will prepare you for university level study and provide you with a full level 3 qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels. This is delivered  in 15 hours of classes per week with another 10 hours a week spent producing and developing your projects independently or in groups.


Our courses enable you to explore;


  • Digital Graphics & Asset Creation
  • Games Engines
  • Web and App design
  • Production Management and Workflow
  • 3d Modelling and Animation
  • Programming & Scripting
  • VFX and Post Production
  • Design and Development Techniques
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
  • 360 Video
  • Reprogramming and Modding

Or you can specialise in Games, Visual Effects or Interactive pathways:

+ Games

  • Illustration & Games Art
  • Games Design
  • Games Engines
  • 2d Graphics & Animation
  • 3d Environments , Modelling & Animation
  • Character Creation & Rigging
  • Programming & Scripting
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

+ Visual Effects

  • 2d Graphics & Animation
  • 3d Environments, Modelling & Animation
  • Character Creation & Rigging
  • Motion Graphics & Compositing
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
  • Post Production

+ Interactive

  • 2d Graphics & Animation
  • Interactive Design
  • Websites
  • Apps & Software
  • Programming & Scripting
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

In addition to creating amazing digital content we will teach you the skills you need to promote, market and distribute independent digital media products, pitch for commissions and how to take your first steps in the games and interactive industry. With strong ties to companies and developers that are at the forefront of creative digital, games and interactive development, The IDC will ensure you develop the expertise required to see your ideas from conception to completion.

Career Options

Successful completion of an IDC course can lead you straight  into a wide range of careers or to University level study in a wealth of disciplines:

  • Producer
  • Creative Director
  • Games Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Games Engine Developer
  • 3d Environment Artist
  • 3d Modeler
  • Software Developer
  • Architecture
  • Mechanical Design & Simulation
  • Games Merchandising
  • Games & Interactive Marketing
  • Games Art & Asset Creation
  • 3d Character Design / Rigger
  • 3d Animator / Superviso
  • 3d Lighting Artist / Supervisor
  • Visualisation
  • CAD Designer
  • 2d Animator
  • Programmer / Developer
  • VFX Artist / Supervisor / Producer
  • Physics and Engines
  • Interactive Producer
  • Product Designer
  • Web Designer
  • App Developer

Entry Qualifications and fees


For the level 3 Diploma you need a keen interest in games, art or IT and a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at 4/C or above and must include either English or Maths. Or an equivalent qualification such as a Level 2 Diploma.

There are no formal entry requirements for the Access to HE Diploma.

Didn't get the grades?

We also deliver English & Maths GCSE retakes which you can take alongside your course.

If not:

Contact us. We do not want to miss out on a gifted student just because they do not have the right pieces of paper. If you are from industry or have an extensive portfolio we would love to hear from you and will consider your application individually.


All full-time courses are FREE to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to your course starting in September.

19-23 yrs old funding

If it is your 1st Level 3 qualification then the course will be free.

If you already have a Level 3 qualification you will need to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the course fees.

24+ students

Will need to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the course fees.

We understand figuring out course fees can be a daunting prospect but we are here to help. If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice, give us a call. Alternatively you can find out more information on what fee remission you may be entitled to here.