Course Information


Foundation Degree Visual Media Arts - Game Development (Validated by The Open University)

The Open University
Sessions

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Full-Time
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Monday
Time: 09:00–17:00
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 15
Total Hours: 450
Fee: 2600
Places Available: 12
Course Coordinator: Paul.McGovern@swc.ac.uk

Part-Time
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Monday
Time: 09:00–21:00
Duration: 3 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 11
Total Hours: 330
Fee: 1000
Places Available: 12
Course Coordinator: Paul.McGovern@swc.ac.uk

Full-Time
Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 15
Total Hours: 450
Fee: 2600
Places Available: 12
Course Coordinator: Paul.McGovern@swc.ac.uk

Part-Time
Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 3 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 11
Total Hours: 330
Fee: 1000
Places Available: 12
Course Coordinator: Paul.McGovern@swc.ac.uk

Description

The Foundation Degree in Visual Media Arts has been designed to allow students to embrace their creativity while learning industry standard processes relevant to the creation of content for the film and game industries. Course design has been informed by extensive consultation with industry experts to ensure that all our graduates are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive world of visual media. Skills Focus funding available towards course fees for eligible employers to up skill staff or for self-employed students. Please ask for further details.

Additional Information

  • Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here
  • Download the full programme specification here

  • Teaching Delivery Statement

    The teaching and learning strategy within this programme will comprise of a range of delivery methods such as face to face, online and blended. All methods used have the full agreement of students, external examiners and awarding body partners

    Terms & Conditions

    Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: www.swc.ac.uk and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.
  • *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Core Modules

    Year 1:

  • Visual Fundamentals
  • Specialist Media Studies
  • Pre-production for Creative Arts
  • Sound Design for Creative Arts
  • Year 2:
  • Writing Narrative
  • Post-Production Techniques & VFX
  • Professional Development
  • Work Based Learning
  • Optional Modules

    Games Pathway:

  • 3D Modelling Fundamentals (L4),
  • Advanced 3D Modelling & Digital Sculpting,
  • Lighting and Rendering for Games,
  • Photography and Animation.
  • Assessment Method

    Assessment will consist of portfolio-based development projects with a significant emphasis made on practical skills and creating digital assets. Associated documentation and understanding of core visual media practices will also be assessed through written reports, audio visual commentaries, presentations etc., including placement as part of the Work Based Learning module in Year 2

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful Learners may progress directly into creative careers, or onto the Level 6 BA (Hons) top up at South West College or to other universities to undertake further studies at Masters degree level or similar. Entry requirements and conditions vary according to each institution.

    Entry Requirements

    School/College leavers must have reached the age of 18 years on admission. All applications will be individually considered. Successful applicants must have normally reached their 18th birthday by 31 August in the year of entry and have studied at level 3 or above for a minimum of two years. Applicants should possess a minimum of five GCSEs grades A, B, C that should include English and Maths or other equivalent qualifications in addition to one of the following*:

  • successful completion of an advanced diploma;
  • successful completion of a Level BTEC National diploma in a related subject;
  • successful completion of Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in a related subject;
  • successful completion of A-level study with a minimum of two subjects passed;
  • equivalent qualifications such as Scottish certificate of education or international baccalaureate, a European baccalaureate, Irish leaving certificate with grade C or above in four subjects at higher level;
  • qualifications deemed equivalent to the above;
  • a UCAS tariff score of 40 or above is desired for entry to this program entry can also be made from national certificate/diploma, HE access, NVQ’s or by the colleges policy relating to APEL.
  • due to the highly creative nature of the discipline, students with exceptional portfolios of work that demonstrate competency and natural creativity will also be considered on individual merit.
  • Individuals with a relevant HNC qualification may be considered for direct entry to Year 2 *In the event of over subscription entry criteria may be enhanced. Refer to general entry requirements.