Extended Diploma in Games & Animation*

Pre-degree - UCA Farnham - 2019

The Extended Diploma in Games & Animation is designed to be taken after your GCSEs, this two-year course will provide you with the opportunity to specialise in games and animation which is one of the fastest growing professions within the creative industries in the country and local region. 

On this course, you’ll develop skills and knowledge in a variety of areas including drawing development, 2D animation, digital and motion graphics, 3D modelling, the games and animation industry and sound for game and animation. Throughout the course, you’ll have the time to experiment with the different techniques and decide which area within the industry you’d like to specialise in when you come to choose your undergraduate degree.

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry which will give you an insight into the sector and help you find the right career path for you. Alongside this, you’ll have access to our incredible facilities, where you’ll be supported by teams of subject specialists.

Working amongst our undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of our uniquely creative community, you’ll be able to observe first-hand the range of degree options available to you.

If you are yet to achieve grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and/or English we will support you to get these qualifications.

On completion of this course, you will be awarded the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games and Animation. 

*This course is subject to validation.

Length of study:

Two years full-time


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Entry requirements:

5 GCSE A*-C and/or grade 9-4

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Course details

  • Year 1

    In your first year you'll develop skills and knowledge in a variety of areas including drawing development, 2D animation, digital and motion graphics, 3D modelling, the games and animation industry and sound for game and animation. This time will enable you to identify your strengths and personal interests to help you grow as an artist and designer. You’ll have access to our incredible facilities where you’ll be supported by teams of subject specialists.

    You'll study areas including: 

    • 2D animation
    • 3D modelling and motion graphics
    • The games and animation industry
    • Sound for game and film.

    By exploring each area in detail, you'll be able to make an informed choice for specialist study.

  • Year 2

    During your second year you will develop the skills and knowledge you have gained from year one and progressively specialise in an area that interests you where you will have the freedom to develop ideas and discover your personal strengths and abilities.

    Most students will also undertake a short placement to foster vocational and personal skills.

    As the year progresses, you’ll have more freedom to specialise and determine the direction of your course, resulting in an exhibition of your work at the end of the year and a unique and varied portfolio, ready for your undergraduate degree or employment.

    You’ll have the opportunity at the end of the second year to progress to one of several related degree courses here at UCA with the skills you have learnt, or you may decide to choose an exciting career in the games and animation industry. 

  • Fees
    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well the financial support you may be entitled to:


At UCA Farnham there are dedicated studios for our pre-degree courses as well as open access facilities such as the on-campus library, IT suites and creative printing facilities.

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

Minimum of five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 9-4 preferably including: art, design, media, or related a creative subject, English and mathematics.

OR Higher Diploma (Level 2) in a related subject area.

OR Access Diploma (in an appropriate subject).

OR BTEC National Award.

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

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Your portfolio

Include creative work in a variety of media that shows your interest in art and design - this could include drawings, design work or painting. You can include film or video work but make sure it's no more than three minutes in duration. Also, you could bring sketchbooks, notebooks, worksheets and ideas sheets as well as finished work. We also like to see examples of written work, such as an essay, case study, evaluation or exhibition review.

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