Computing Games Development
National Progression Award - Aims and Course Structure
In recent years, the gaming industry has become a vastly growing market. Games are played on many different devices and range from educational to recreational and work-based training. A game can be a quick puzzle on a mobile phone or a multi-player game with a console interacting with many players from all over the world.
A game can be created at home by an inexperienced programmer or by a professional who works collaboratively in a team of people that have not met. In Scotland there are more than 50 companies, mostly based in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. These companies rely on a range of creative skills such as art, design, animation, audio and programming.
The course consists of 3 units which, when all successfully completed, will give a group National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 4.
The 3 units are
• Computer Games: Design
• Computer Games: Media Assets
• Computer Games: Development
The Computer Games Development unit can be studied from level 4 onto level 5 then level 6. These units are also completed as part of the Digital Media course in S5/6.