Creative Digital Media Production (Digital Games Production) BTEC

Departmental contact

Mr Lowe – lowe.j@myton.co.uk

Examining board & Qualification

Pearson – BTEC Level 3

Entry requirements

At least a grade 4 in GCSE English and a genuine interest in the gaming industry.

Mr Lowe says

“This is an exciting new choice for Myton students. It’s a vocational, lively and practical study of a rapidly growing and exciting industry. Students will get the chance to develop practical solutions to real gaming world scenarios and develop a wide range of skills. There will be opportunities for employer involvement from the thriving local computer game industry.”

WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT?

This course is intended as a Tech Level qualification and equivalent to one A level. The course provides preparation for entry level roles in the industry, and work briefs are adapted from real world scenarios.
It is great preparation for students who are seriously considering an apprenticeship in the creative and design industries, particularly in the gaming industry.

The course gives you the chance to develop a real understanding of the gaming industry and the contemporary gaming landscape and the hugely influential and growing role and importance to the UK economy of gaming. It helps if you have an interest in the world of gaming, an open and inquisitive mind, creative tendencies and ambition.

Please do not choose this course if you think it’s an easy option or that you will just play games all day!

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

You will develop the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

The course introduces you to media ideas and the practice of production. You will develop your skills in:
Creative and problem solving skills as well as critical thinking. You will develop a non-routine approach to problem solving.

Intrapersonal skills such as communication, teamwork, negotiating, influencing and presenting.
Interpersonal skills such as self-management, adaptability, resilience, self-awareness and development.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

There are two mandatory units:

  • Digital Media Skills
  • Digital Games Production

and three optional units, which are likely to be:

  • Game Engine Scripting
  • 3D Modelling
  • App Production

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

100% coursework, but the Digital Media Skills unit is externally assessed and synoptic (a single practical task set and marked by Pearson based on a brief and supervised assessment of 20 hours).

Students must complete and achieve at least a Pass in all units to pass the course.

WHAT ARE MY POST-18 OPTIONS?

This subject will give you an insight into the kinds of careers that exist in the gaming industry. It may give you the inspiration to go on to study further or seek an apprenticeship in the industry.

It will also help you develop the skills required for many degree courses.

WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

Visits to media institutions such as local gaming companies, opportunities for ambassadors to create games, develop awareness of the course and cultivate links with the industry.

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