SCQF Level 8

Course Overview
Computer Games Development HND is an innovative course designed to give you an insight into various technologies and techniques used in the video games industry. Explore the full process of video games development; from planning and design right through to project management. You will cover a wide range of computer development techniques including 2D and 3D Animation, Programming and Games Design Theory.?

This is a hands-on and practical course where you will work on real gaming projects in Edinburgh College state-of-the-art computer labs and be given the creative freedom to develop computer games of your own. This will allow you to build a portfolio of work which you will need when applying for employment in the industry or further study. This course will allow progression into the third year of university study in games development at several universities. 
What You Will Learn

Year one: 

  • Game Technology
  • Structured Programming for Games
  • Working?in?a Project Team
  • Project Management for IT
  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Level Editing
  • Interface Design
  • Mathematics
  • Creating Graphics

Year two:


  • 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Games Development: Object Oriented Programming
  • Game Customisation and Scripting
  • Software Development: Developing for the World Wide Web
  • Software Development: Abstract Data Structures

Entry Requirements
  • For school leavers: Three Highers at C pass one must be in Mathematics and one other numerate subject such as Computing or Physics
  • For college learners: SCQF Level 6 course pass and a good level of Mathematics which can be tested at interview
  • For everyone else: All enquiries are welcome regardless of qualifications. Edinburgh College computing staff can assess where you can start or progress in your computing career and find the right course for you 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • The course is mainly assessed on your practical skills
  • There will be some written assignments and tests
  • The Graded Unit for both years will be a practical game-based project

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You should bring along any qualification certificates you have to interview and, if possible, a game you have created, or some software development programs you have written. You may be asked to perform a screening exercise to assess your skill level. During the interview course information will be provided by the lecturer who teaches on the course.
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Access to the second or third year of various university degree courses such as at Edinburgh Napier University, Glasgow Caledonian University and Abertay University

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Employment in the computer games industry
  • Games developer

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 2.5 days per week (approximately)
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Network Infrastructure Technician student Xavier Sala is set to compete in the national finals of WorldSkills UK Live at the NEC Birmingham for the chance to win Gold, Silver or Bronze and progress to the next stage of the competition.

WorldSkills is the largest competition for students across a massive range of subjects. Regional heats take place across Scotland and the UK. The best performing students in each heat progress to the next stage, which eventually leads to the global finals.

We spoke with Xavier to get his thoughts ahead of the WorldSkills UK finals:

“I reached this stage of Worldskills thanks to good preparation. Since I first knew about the competition, I started working hard in order to be a suitable candidate and it also helped me to work hard during the course. I received proper education from my lecturers at Edinburgh College, as well as the motivation needed when I doubted myself – I admit that I was not really excited when dealing with my final assessments at the same time as I had to prepare for the regionals. Somehow, my lecturers, Jacek Kwiatkowski and Callum Campbell, managed to motivate me again. They also arranged for a couple of meetings with previous competitors so I could know about their experiences and be more relaxed. They were both really helpful.”

Read more of our student stories here

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Computing Overview

​Master the skills in digital media editing, database administration, social media and e-commerce, web design, animation, 3D modelling, programming in C#, PHP, Actionscript, Javascript, Java and C++, scripting, batching, network architechture and forensics, all taught by industry veteran lecturers with extensive real life experience.

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