Take your skills to the next level
As with all our courses, this programme brings you a wealth of technical knowledge and practical tutelage. Here, you expand upon your exisiting creative skills and explore the realms of game technology for entertainment, educational, mobile and web purposes.
Best of all, the skills you gain in this course can open doors to an incredible variety of careers and fields, as the techniques learnt are also used in the architectural, medical, advertising, product development and animation industries – to name a few!
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What to expect from your studies
The course is packed with theoretical & practical training that includes:
- Game Production Overview
- History of Games and Gaming
- Game Design Concepts
- Game Design Document Writing
- 3D Modeling and Texturing Basics
- Scripting Basics
- Game Engine Basics
- The different applications of Game Technology
- How to start game and interactive product production
- Pitching a Game Concept
- Creating and Importing in-game assets
- Final Project in your field of choice (Scripting, Game Design Document, 3D Modeling …)
- Game Prototyping
- Interface Design Theory
- Animation in 3D Software
- Advanced Scripting
- Level Design Theory
You will learn how to use the following Software Applications:
- Work with a team of specialists creating games or other interactive products
- Understand Game Technology and its many applications
- Create 3D models for in-game or interactive use
- Script gameplay elements for games
- Come, define and document a game concept from idea to the finished document
- Analyze games for flaws in game features and level design
- Understand the game industry better than most people
- Plan, research, work and improve your skills in your field of specialization and others
- Create game concepts for different purposes and target groups (Advertising, Education, Entertainment, etc.)
- Know what makes games work and why
Note: Friends of Design reserves the right to alter the topics and modules of any advertised courses to meet or maintain industry standards. Friends of Design is provisionally registered as a private higher education institution in terms of section 54(3) of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No 101 of 1997), and Regulation 16(4)(b) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2002, to offer the Higher Certificate in Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment, until 31 December 2018.
Introduction to the gaming industry, basic facts, importance of concepts and teamwork, the departments.
A guided teamwork project getting the students comfortable with the development process.
Explaining the differences in gameplay and the target groups of the different game genres.
- The basics of 3D Modeling and Texturing
- Animation and Rigging of characters
Game Design Concepts
How to plan and write a game design document
- Understanding the basics of Script languages.
- Writing simple scripts for Game Engines
- Planning and scripting gameplay elements
Creating InGame Assets
How to setup and import 3D Models into the Unity3D Game Engine.
- Introduction to the Game Engine editor
- Learning the tools of the Unity3D Game Engine
- Setting up projects
- Using light, sound, particles, etc. to create interactive entertainment.
- The basics of Interface Design
- Planning interface design.
Testing gameplay mechanics of a design document in a game engine
Mobile and other advanced scripting technologies
Planning and creating game worlds, using lights, visual clues and sound to guide the player.
Final Exam Project
Working on the specialization project
You must be 18 years of age or older, you must have obtained a Matric Certificate and you must be fluent in spoken and written English. Previous Art or Design training at a school level is an advantage.
Graphic Design, IT, Animation and Computer studies are advantageous for the G.A.M.E Course, but not essential.
Why should I study at Friends of Design?
Friends of Design's courses are like no other – they are highly focused on practical training on the software with projects for each and every module. This ensures that the graduate is ready to go straight from college into the workplace, unlike many graduates who struggle to integrate themselves into industry post studies. Friends of Design also specifically employs trainers who freelance in the industry, which ensure up to date technologies and methods are integrated into the courses.
How many Full Time Courses do you offer?
We offer 3 “stand alone” courses which can be taken one at a time, or if you wish, two or even all three.
- One Year Higher Certificate in Print Design & Publishing
- One Year Higher Certificate in Web Publishing and Interactive Media
- One Year Higher Certificate in Game Graphics and Multimedia Entertainment
Can we stagger the courses over a number of years?
Yes! If you wish to do one course and then take a gap year or two, and come back to do another course, that is completely permissible.
What are the prerequisites for the courses?
You need to be:
- 18 years or older
- Have a Matric or Equivalent
Graphic Design, IT, Animation and Computer studies are advantageous for the G.A.M.E Course, but not essential.
What if I can't draw?
That doesn't matter - we specialise in Digital Design, so much of the work is done on computers, although scamping (rough drawings) is needed to conceptualise your ideas.
Who are your trainers?
All trainers are freelancers in their industries, so bring this unbeatable experience into the classroom straight from the workplace. They are passionate about what they do and always ready to help.
What are your students like?
They are a mixed bag – some have just finished school, whilst others have a degree in Visual Communications and wish to round up their technical skills. Some are just 18, and some are moms of two. What they all have in common is a passion and love of Design!
Do you provide accommodation?
Friends of Design doesn't provide accommodation, but we do have two great and close by student residences:
What do you get at the end of your studies?
At the end of each course, you receive a Higher Certificate, NQF Level 5 registered with the Department of Education. The aim of the year is to create a Portfolio (body of work) which is essentially your CV in the Creative Industry. The student is therefore reminded always that each piece of work done goes into their final Portfolio and is reminded to give their very best at all times.
Are there exams?
There are no exams for any of our Courses at Friends of Design. Each Module is assessed by the Projects that accompany it and a rationale must be provided for each project. Occasionally you will receive a multiple choice test, but here at the Academy we throw our focus behind developing professionals who are adept at working with the software and ensure that all graduates are well equipped to handle the practical demands of the workplace.
How are we assessed?
Each project is marked on its technical, conceptual and visual aspects. Scamps (preparation & conceptual work) and Presentation Techniques are also given special attention. Each student receives a mark and comments for their projects as well as two reports for each Semester. External Moderators come in at the end of every year to ensure the marking process is fair and correct.
How long are classes?
Classes run from 13.00 – 17.00, Monday to Friday.
How big are your classes?
We take up to 30 students maximum per class, so big enough to not stand out and small enough to receive personal attention.
Do you provide machines & software?
Yes. All students have a work station (Apple Mac) for the year with the latest software loaded. Students also receive a 1 year Adobe Master Collection Licence built into their fees upon enrolment.
What are the payment options?
There are 3:
- Payment in full in which you receive a 5% discount, or a FREE iPad Mini
- Payment in two installments in which you receive a 2% discount
- 11 Monthly Payments, visa Debit Order
The Game Graphics and Multimedia Entertainment programme is full time One Year Certificate programme which requires you to be an active member of classroom activities. In order to determine if you are ready for the work set out we have a few questions to ask you. Please provide answers to all the questions and submit the portfolio (PDF or Printed A4) with the documents requested in the enrolment application form.
Question 1 – Motivation
In an essay or a video, tell us about who you are.
Tell us about your achievements and where you see yourself in 5 years. Provide details on what inspires and motivates you. Why do you want to attend Friends of Design? Tell us about your work ethic and your understanding of team work and your role within a group. Provide a motivation as to why you believe Game Designing is the best career path for you.
Question 2 – Portfolio Application
2.1. Provide 3-5 examples of how game technology can be used in other areas of entertainment and motivate each of your answers.
2.2 You read a study about Games and Violence. Its conclusion is that games make children more aggressive and prone to act violently. Do you agree or disagree and why?
2.3 What are you more interested in when you play a game: the gameplay features, the game’s visuals, the game’s characters and story, the multiplayer features or other elements? Describe why these are better suited to you.
2.4 What do you think is more important in a game: great visuals or entertaining gameplay? And why do you think so?
Please send us 3 -5 examples of your design, scripting efforts (can be HTML, too), game designs, illustrations or other work relevant to game development, interactive media or digital art. You can also provide us with links to download your examples if the file size is too big.
Please send all the above to Kerry Hugill email@example.com in a zipped file. Now accepting late submissions.
The Distinguished Talent Scholarship
Friends of Design is committed to nurturing your potential. If you have the potential to shine as a visual communicator, the “Distinguished Talent Scholarship” programme is for you. We offer one scholarship per year to a talented individual.
One scholarship per year & per course is awarded to the candidate who most impresses us with their creative work and shows drive and initiative to make full use of their potential. If you are a creative, talented, imaginative, and colour, imagery and typography are all music to your ears, then be sure to submit your application today, and stand the chance to win the financial aid you need to afford an education in this field. With such immense talent to nurture, the last thing you need to worry about is funding!
What to Submit
Please go to the submission requirements tab for more details.
NOTE: Now accepting late submissions.
Note: The Scholarship covers your monthly tuition fee only and excludes additional costs for materials required for drawing modules, presentations and printing.
We had great study projects that were very similar to actual work projects, so that was amazing.
I had a blast at FOD and it broadened my skill range to such an extent that I can do more in my job than expected.
My experience was very favourable. I found the college head to be very accomodating and understanding, the lecturers always very friendly.
Friends of Design opened me up to the digital world and that helped me choose what I wanted to do with my career.
I have learned WAY more in the year with FOD than other juniors who studied for an entire 3 years at a well known institutions.
Now I feel very confident with my software skills. It definitely prepared me for the working environment!