Digital Design & Development (Games Development) SCQF Level 8

This practical course will build on your design and technical abilities, and ensure you have the skills and knowledge to effectively implement your ideas and designs.


Why take this course?

Develop an in–depth and accurate understanding of professional standards and what to expect when working in a game design/development-related role. Work on individual game projects using the latest in industry software Unreal Engine.

What you will experience

In Year 1 you will cover fundamental areas of game development, essential content, developing a mobile web application, digital graphics fundamentals, user interface design and 2D animation.

In Year 2 you will look at the design and development of video games. You will develop and design interactive media for at least two live video game projects.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Entry requirements

You should have an interest in the games industry, have some experience using computer systems and have gained some relevant SCQF Level 6 and Level 5 qualifications.

This course is suitable for those with any one relevant Higher (SCQF Level 6) together with three National 5 courses.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

Alternatively, applicants should have completed all units in the Computing with Digital Media SCQF Level 5 course, or all units in the Computer Games Development SCQF Level 6 course.

For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry subject to availability.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College


Career opportunities are available in game design and development, content creation/management, multimedia development or project assistant/managerial work. Common roles include:

  • Assistant Producer
  • Game Programmer
  • Games Designer
  • Level Editor
  • Product Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Project Producer
  • QA Tester


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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