HND in Digital Technologies
Games and Animation
What will I do?
The Digital Technologies HND in Games and Animation, equivalent to the second year of a university degree programme.
It concentrates on developing the skills to succeed in industry and prepares you for work in the digital sector.
You’ll study units such as:
- Principles of Animation
- Game Development
- 3D Modelling
- 3D Sculpting for VR and AR
- Advanced Animation
You’ll gain a wide range of knowledge, during your Games and Animation course, tied to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios, with live project briefs from our employer partners. You will also have the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace.
After studying a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Digital Technologies you’ll have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of digital technology. You’ll be able to demonstrate a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to digital employers.
Once you’ve completed your HND you could progress on to study at university or onto employment.
What types of jobs could you expect afterwards?
You could expect roles with titles such as Games Designer, Junior Animator, Games Consultant, Animator, Games Developer, Animation director. Don’t feel limited by this list, with the Digital Technologies HNC you’ll be anything ready.
During these jobs you could be responsible for working in a dynamic and agile environment, with constant exposure to new technologies and plenty of opportunities to grow your skills and learn from others.
Did you know?
55% of game development studio roles are based outside of London and the South East (UKIE, The regional economic impact of the UK games industry 2020)UK tech employs 2.93m people, with 40% growth in two years (Tech Nation Jobs and Skills Report 2020)
Is it for me?
If you’re looking to get your career in Games and Animation started and have a passion for digital technologies, then this is the course for you.
You’ll gain a wide range of knowledge, during your Games & Animation course, tied to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios, with live project briefs from our employer partners.
These employer projects along with the digital units will give you a good understanding of the industry and how to support your progression into your first role.
How will my progress be monitored?
Our Digital Coaches will support you on your exciting learning journey. They will provide advice and guidance at regular intervals to ensure you achieve the best possible grade.
How will I be assessed?
All of our programmes are assessed by assignments or coursework. Projects completed as part of the course are based on live briefs from industry employers, ensuring relevant workplace experience and potential job prospects.
How much will I have to study each week?
At Level 5 total qualification time is estimated at 1,200 hours per academic year, of which 480 hours are guided learning hours. This equates to approx. 12 hours per week taught (face-to-face and e-learning) and 15+ hours per week of independent self-study during term time.
Are there any entry requirements?
The most important thing for us is passion, dedication and commitment to learning about digital technologies at a higher level.
You also must have completed the HNC in digital technologies to qualify for the HND program.
During the course of your Higher National Diploma, you’ll develop and strengthen your core skills, while preparing yourself to continue onto a top-up degree, or to enter employment.
Not only will you have a sound knowledge across a broad range of technical areas, you’ll also leave with the qualities and skills that employers look for. What’s more, we’ll be here to support you at every step, offering a friendly environment that feels (and looks) like a real employer.