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NPA Computer Games Design

Games Design and Development is an exciting area of the computing industry which has flourished in recent years with small games companies springing up all over Scotland. The video games industry has seen record sales in recent years making over $19.6 billion in 2010, more than the movie industry.

Despite what you may think, 40% of gamers are female and the average age of a gamer is 35 years of age! To be a part of this industry you must have enthusiasm, good communication skills and persistence.

The NPA Games Development is an excellent starting point in your career and will gain you very useful knowledge and skills.


Computer games are being used increasingly for leisure, in education and work-based training with players interacting via a variety of mediums. Computer gaming is now a growing industry, with Scotland one of the global leaders. These companies rely on a range of creative skills such as art, design, animation, audio and programming which this course develops. Skills enhanced in this course cover critical thinking and problem solving abilities, communication and team working, which are essential in a modern business environment.

This course will be delivered at level 4, 5 and 6. The awards provide a foundation in the knowledge and skills of Computer Games Development that will be necessary if you intend pursue a career in Computer Games Development, Digital Media Studies, Computing Science and IT subjects.

It is recognised that candidates who demonstrate the basic Core Skills coupled with an understanding of the use of digital technology are more likely to gain employment than those with just IT skills.

Course Outline

The Computer Games course consists of three units.
• Design
• Media Assets
• Development