HNC Computer Games Development

Course Content

Have you ever wondered how computer games are made? Where do the characters come from? How was the media created? What makes the code work? In this innovative and practical course, you will learn the entire game development process, from designing the game mechanics and user interface to creating graphics and the finished game.

There will be a mix of practical and theoretical learning. Subjects include:

  • Game Programming Fundamentals
  • Game Design Theory
  • Game Interface Design
  • 2D Animation
  • Working in a Project Team
  • Project management
  • Pitch a treatment
  • Calculus and Matrices for Computer Games
  • Game Technology

Teaching is 16 hours per week, usually over 3 days. This will include, presentations, tutorials and self-study.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers (including one in a STEM subject) and National 5 Maths at grade B


Progression from SCQF Level 5/6 D&A Certificate in Computing course passing all credits and A grade in project unit


Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media or Foundation Apprenticeship in IT Software Development


Mature applicants with relevant experience will be assessed individually.

Completion of a strong personal statement.

Applicants may be asked to attend a recruitment workshop to help determine if this is the best course for them.

Method of Assessment

  • Each subject has continuous assessment, which may include multiple choice quizzes, written reports and game coding.
  • End of year Graded Team Project.

Future Prospects

Students who pass HNC Computer Games Development can progress to HND Computer Games Development.

Excellent prospects for employment in games and media industries.

Alternatively, you may follow on to one of the many relevant university degree programmes. 

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    28 Aug 2023

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    32 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Computing & Creative Media

  • Tuition fees may be paid for full-time students in Scotland subject to meeting residency requirements, applications should be made to the appropriate funding body. International Students please refer to our International fees page
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