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Creative Media Production Level 5 HND

Course information

Course Summary

The full-time BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in VFX, is designed to equip learners with the appropriate range of specialist knowledge, understanding, skills and motivation to succeed in the industry of Games, Animation or VFX. 

Course Code:N5747
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Awarded by:Pearson
Course Length

This course is no longer recruiting. 

A 2-year course. Number of hours per week on campus: 12

UCAS Course CodeI620
UCAS Abbreviated TitleHND/GamesD
UCAS Institutional CodeN49
Course Detail

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The course is made up of 16 units. Units are grouped together into larger modules of learning to provide a vocational learning experience. Due to our close links with the Next Gen Academy, Industry professionals guide projects and briefs. Students are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer and lessons are delivered in our state-of-the-art ‘Games Hub’

Programme Specification

Year 1 (HNC)

  • Unit 1: Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Unit 3: Professional Practice
  • Unit 17: Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Cultures
  • Unit 35: Principles of User Experience & User Interface Design
  • Unit 2: Creative Media Industry
  • Unit 20: 3D Modelling
  • Unit 23: Game Design
  • Unit 19: Visual Effects Practices

Year 2 (HND)

  • Unit 36: Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
  • Unit 37: Personal Professional Development
  • Unit 43: Advanced Visual Effects Studies (Double Unit)
  • Unit 46: Advanced Rendering & Visualisation
  • Unit 44: Advanced Game Development Studies (Double Unit)
  • Unit 60: Advanced Animation


Assessment is by coursework. Each unit is internally assessed and graded by lecturers. Grades awarded are pass, merit or distinction. There is no overall grade awarded for this qualification.

The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23:


Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

    Entry Requirements

    A Portfolio of Design Work and one of the following:

    • 160 UCAS points
    • A minimum of MPP on a relevant National Diploma or
    • 2 A-levels grade C
    • Mature students without suitable academic entry requirements will be considered in light of relevant occupational experience
    • For overseas students IELTS 6.5 is required.

    Your Next Steps

    A key progression path for BTEC Higher National Certificate and Diploma learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Alternatively, successful candidates can enter employment or undertake further more specialist study.

    The BTEC Higher Nationals in Games Design have been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind. Details of exemptions and professional body recognition are published on the Edexcel website, under the qualification title.

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    Last updated - 03/11/2021