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3D Modelling and Animation for Games and Media

Qualification type: Foundation Degree (FdA) Location:
Subject area: Level: 5
Leaflet Number: 6289 Course Code: HS0033
Validated by: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) UCAS Code: W213
Academic year: 16/17 Course status: Running

UCAS applications

Applications for full-time higher education courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website at www.ucas.com.

Institution code is M10 and course code is W213.

Call our Course Enquiry Team on 0800 068 8585 for further details.

Awarding body: 
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
Qualification type: 
Foundation Degree (FdA)
Subject area: 
Creative and Digital Media
Fielden Campus

What's the 3D Modelling and Animation for Games and Media course about?

This course is designed for students who are passionate about video games, want to be involved in the game design or CGI movie industry and love the idea of working as part of a team to bring their ideas to life. The Foundation Degree 3D Modelling & Animation for Games and Media is specifically designed to give students a taste of the CGI industry, covering the many different tools and assets of CGI design, whilst giving learner's the necessary skills and knowledge needed to prepare themselves to the creative industry.

The course is delivered through a combination of specialised classes, one to one tutorials and workshops, giving a large amount of support to students own creative ideas and projects.

The first year of the course looks at a wide area of skills within 3D development, giving the student a chance to experience many different roles as a 3D artist whilst gaining a more specific understanding or their own goals.

The second year of the course is focussed on expanding creative and technical knowledge within 3D development and using it in a professional industry environment. This is done by with students working with industry clients on a given project.

The course is delivered full time over three days by industry specialist staff supported by a range of guest speakers. We maintain a high and wide level of industry software at the college and offer full student support throughout.

The Foundation Degree 3D Modelling & Animation for Games and Media aims at giving you the best experience in education whilst gearing you up for the creative 3D industry.

The Manchester College's average tuition fees are lower than many universities

Year 1 Modules include:

3D Texturing
This unit introduces the use and application of texture design within the 3D design process. Students will cover a wide range of texturing skills which will enable them to develop a significant industry workflow such as research and design, optimisation of 3D assets, and application of textures.

3D Modelling and Concept Design
This unit is introduces a combination of concept design methods and 3D modelling techniques using specialised 3D software in order to learn the art of modelling. A wide range of skills within digital modelling are covered starting from the very basic to an intermediate stage. This will best prepare students to complete a 3D design assignment.

Animation is the key to adding realism and life to a 3D model. This unit will introduce students to a range of theoretical animation methods, research and technical development using specific 3D software. A primary focus in this unit is to explore key theoretical principles of animation and how they are used in existing practice

Year 2 Modules include:
3D Development

3D Project Management
Mirroring industry practise, students will benefit from shared learning experience working as part of a team in order to create a digital project. Students will assume industry roles and manage their professional progress.

Subject Specialist Area
This unit allows students to experiment with a range of digital and traditional materials, methods and making processes and encourages the use of risk taking and problems solving to support their subject specialism.

Students are encouraged to be creative through all assignments, but must meet a certain criteria given by the tutor. Development of report writing and self-awareness / evaluation of own skills are built in to assignments to enable students to develop themselves.

Examples of assessments include:
-Review / Tutorials
-Group Assessment
-Portfolio of project work
-Project presentations
-Personal Development / Digital Diary

What will I be able to do after I've completed this course?

This course can lead to employment in industries such as animation, advertising, video production, post production and stop-motion animation. It can also allow progression onto the second or third year of a degree at the University of Salford.

What qualifications or experience do I need to do this course?

The ideal candidate will have a thirst for video games, want to be involved in the game design or CGI movie industry and love the idea of working as part of a team to bring their ideas to life

All applicants will be required to attend an interview and may be asked to complete an interview task.

Applicants are required to have a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/Extended Diploma with Merit, Pass, Pass or a BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/Extended Certificate with Merit, Merit in a design related subject area, or an equivalent level 3 qualification with appropriate content. Minimum UCAS tariff points required: 160.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity may also apply.


Full time

Course length

2 Year(s)

How much will the course cost me?

For information on HE course fees, please contact our Course Enquiry Team on 0161 203 2100.

How do I apply?

All full-time applications from students in the UK and from overseas should be made using the online application system on the UCAS website www.ucas.ac.uk

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