City College Plymouth

FdA Game Design and Production

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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Conceptual Game Design (CITY1048)

    • Human Computer Interaction (CITY1096)

    • Programming for Games (CITY1114)

      An understanding of the general principles and concepts of games programming will allow learners to apply 2D and 3D programming methods used in games.

    • Programming Concepts (CITY1121)

      An understanding of the general principles and concepts of programming will allow learners to create simple programs and test applications and produce appropriate documentation for simple applications

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • 2D and 3D Art for Computer Games (CITY1097)

    • Game Narrative and Contextual Play (CITY1113)

      An understanding of methods for implementing narrative through the contextualisation of game play and the game environment.

    • Game Semiotics (CITY2104)

    • Game Engines (CITY2125)

      An understanding of methods for implementing narrative through the contextualisation of game play and the game environment

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Game Production (CITY2045)

    • Promotion and Enterprise (CITY2154)

      To enable learners to understand the nature of the game industry, in order to identify areas for commercial development. To promote virtual networking, social media and promotion techniques in order to construct their own social networks and structures for the promotion and marketing of own game.

    • Sound and Animation (CITY2103)

    • Optimising for VR (CITY2157)

      The aim of this module is to enable students to port and/or create 3D interactive experiences for VR. It will include an appraisal of 3D Game Engines appropriate to this. An understanding of the practical considerations for VR world creation (e.g. Headset V Dome, perspectives and line of sight) as well as an understanding of associated ethical and legislative responsibilities

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with City College Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Please contact City College Plymouth to apply for this course:

City College Plymouth

Tel: +441752305300

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from the University of Plymouth, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.
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