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Games Design Diploma Level 2

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    August 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • August 2021, Full Time


Students work towards the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 2 Games Design Diploma during one year of study.
This course offers an exciting and ideal starting point if you want to pursue a career in Digital Arts, Animation, VFX, Art & Design, 3D Modelling or Games Design. It will give you all the skills you need to progress onto the Level 3 course in Digital Art, Animation and Games Design and beyond. The course will focus on both practical and theory aspects of Digital Art, Animation and Games Design. The course offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential to be successful in the creative digital industries. The course is made up of 8 units, all of which must be studied and passed. They are:

The creative sector
Character design
Gaming Audiences
Research for games
3D Modelling for Games
Sound Production for Games
Animation for Games
Asset creation
Games Production
Games Design

In addition to your main programme, you will also study Maths and English. Depending on your grades at entry you will either study Functional Skills or GCSE. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.

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Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Minimum four GCSEs grades A*-D, including English and Maths 9-3. Relevant Level 1 Diploma including GCSE English and GCSE Maths 9-3. Candidates will be invited for an interview and given a creative task to complete prior to selection.


The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 2 Games Design is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden student’s skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require students to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders. A final end-point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides the student’s overall grade for the year which is graded at: PASS/MERIT or DISTINCTION


Successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Diploma in Digital Art, Animation and Game Design. Students can also apply for alternative Level 3 courses within the department that may better suit their career aims such as Art & Design, Creative Media, Photography, Music, Graphics and Illustration, Spacial Design and Production Arts.

Career Progression

City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as NUA, Suffolk One, London College of Communication and Central St Martins to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.

For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the creative industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.