UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Games Development)

This is specialist games development programme with a strong design core. The programme has been developed in conjunction with a leading games development company. It is nationally recognised by employers and universities, and is equivalent to three full A Levels.
Carshalton College is an accredited Authorised Academic Training Centre and is a national hub for 3D design training for media and entertainment across the UK.

Students on this course will be invited to attend cross-college events that will develop their job skills. Examples of previous events students have attended are:

  • UCAS Design your future
  • Skills London
  • London Higer Education Exhibition
  • Meet the Apprentice with the National Careers Service
  • University UK Search Fair

Course Content and Job Skills

The course covers all the major elements in the extremely complex process that is the development of an IT-based game. These are:

  • Games platforms and technologies
  • Digital graphics
  • 3D design, including modelling and environments
  • Audio and video for games
  • The narrative structure of games
  • Working in the games industry and professional practice
  • Concept art.

Students work on a professional brief, and will also create a final project, the production of a game level.
The course is based in our specialist games, media and music area. Students have access to state of the art industry-standard hardware and software on which to create their work.


Most of the course is continuously assessed. For coursework, students must produce written reports, evaluating their performance and show evidence of planning, research and organisation.

Entry Requirements

An average of Grade C for four or more GCSEs including English Language, or successful completion of a Level 2 vocational programme at Merit Level, plus a literacy programme at Level 2. Applicants may also be asked to demonstrate their commitment and skills in an interview.

If applicants do not have the required entry qualifications, there will be an opportunity to demonstrate the relevant abilities to undertake the course


The course is aimed at those who are looking to develop the many and complex skills required for a career in the games industry.


Research shows that 60% of new jobs in the media industry are in a games-related field, and that most of these jobs are concentrated in London and the South East. Alternatively students can progress to a University programme.

Additional Information

Enrichment Activities

Part of your planned programme of study at Carshalton College gives you the opportunity to take part in an enrichment activity. These activities are designed to help you with your personal development and should be treated as a very important part of your studies.

For information about course costs, please see the Carshalton College fees policy.

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