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Games Design and Animation - Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Start Date: 2 September 2024
Attendance: Full Time
Location: Tottenham Centre
Suitable for: School Leavers, Adults
Duration: 2 Years
Level: Level 3


This course has been designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the game design, E sport and animation sector. You will have the opportunity to explore game design, 2d/3d animation, E-sports and historical/contextual investigation. Your lessons will take place in our industry-standard suites, equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Maya, Unity on Apple iMacs, as well as giving you access to state-of-the-E sport  facilities and more. There will also trips and visits, and guest talks from industry experts

Extended Diplomas have two one-year programmes. You need to finish the first year before moving on to the second.


You will develop the following skills:

Unit 9: Characteristics and Contexts in Media and Communication

Unit 10: Engaging with an Audience in Creative Media Production

Unit 11: Preparation for progression in Creative Media Production

Unit 12: Specialist Study in Creative Media Production

Unit 13: Extended Project in Creative Media Production (FMP)


4 GCSEs Grade 4 and above, Level 2 Vocational Qualification with a merit, level 2 in English and Maths.


You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and presentations. You will complete four practical projects and be assessed by portfolio. Your final project will be assessed by the examining board.


School Leavers

If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August prior to the start date of your course and you have the legal right to remain in the UK for the duration of your programme then your study with us will be free. Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.

Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.

Adults - Level 3

If you will be aged 19 to 23 prior to the start date of your course, and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for a Level 3 entitlement, in which case your study with us will be free. If you are older, or already have a Level 3, we have many other Level 3 courses that are also free to study. Otherwise, you will have to pay the fees yourself or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.

Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.


Progression to Higher Education, Apprentices or employment.


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Marek Morzuch

Marek started at CONEL as an ESOL student back in 2007 and has now been teaching Creative Media for the past 4 years.

Marek has a great interest in the Media sector, especially in Games Design and has evolved their skills over time, but it was shortly after completing an IT Diploma that they knew they enjoyed helping classmates with their work and would enjoy a career in teaching.

After graduating from the Game Design, VFX and Animation course at university with 1st degree, Marek knew they wanted to pursue a career as an educator. Although their main area of specialism is 3D Games Design, due to natural interest in all different forms of the creative sector, through motivation, dedication, and willingness to learn, Marek developed in different fields of Media, including, photography, videography, traditional and digital animation, graphic creation and more.

Marek enjoys the challenge of teaching and getting the opportunity to continue to update their skills with new technological advancements to allow not only for the delivery of up-to-date content but also for their self-development.

Tamara Lesniewska

Tamara is a dedicated Media Curriculum Manager for Creative Media and Music at CONEL. Throughout their career, Tamara has gained extensive experience in teaching students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, totalling twelve years. 

Tamara possesses advanced technical proficiency and maintains a high level of IT skills, which play a crucial role in their teaching practice, as well as in freelance industry projects. Tamara is proficient in both Mac and PC platforms and utilises the complete range of Adobe Suite CC 2023 software.

During lessons, they actively encourage the development of IT skills through the utilisation of essential Microsoft/Google Apps such as Classroom, Teams, Drive, Sites, Sheets and Chat GPT.

In terms of education, Tamara holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Character Animation from the University of London Arts Central Saint Martin’s College, as well as a Master of Fine Arts Degree. Furthermore, they have obtained a ProfGCE Level 6 Education and Training (DET) qualification from Canterbury Christ Church University.

In their professional industry career, they worked with the companies such as National Gallery, Channel 4, Virgin Media, Imperial College London and many more.

Luke Buttery

Luke is a London-based educator and mixing Engineer/Producer whose 15 years of industry work have helped bring a wide array of prestigious records to life. From producing and engineering for the likes of Noel Gallagher, Mark Ronson, Bjork, Nick Cave, and Burial to name just a few. Luke has worked for many high-level record companies including Universal, Sony BMG, Columbia, and Island. Some of his work has appeared on various Netflix series.

Over the last twenty years, Luke has worked in many of the larger commercial recording studios in London and has written/taught various educational courses/masterclasses. During this time, Luke has had the pleasure of working alongside many talented industry veterans and helped nurture up-and-coming new talent. 

Since joining CONEL Luke has designed and built a brand-new recording studio that has attracted more students to the department. He has expanded the range of courses on offer additional UAL Level 3 and the Extended Diplomas. Neither was running before his arrival.  

Outside of academia, Luke has industry links and has just finished a collaboration with ‘Kings of Tomorrow’ for a new release on ‘Defected Records’ at his studio in Enfield. You can view Luke’s historic releases and credentials through his website

Scarlett Squire

With over six years of experience teaching Creative Media, Scarlett has developed a passion for the creative industires with a specialisim in broadcast journalism and video production. Scarlett's current position is Learning Manager for Level 1 and Level 2 Creative Media at CONEL, However, Scarlett teaches across the board on all levels courses within the department. Scarlett's educational background includes BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Broadcast Journalism which they gained at College, followed by a BA in Media and Cultural Studies from UAL London College of Communication. Scarlett has a CELTA and is qualified to teach ESOL which they did part time before training as an FE lecturer 

Prior to Scarlett's teaching career, they worked as a broadcast assistant for a radio station in London, where they were responisble for operating the studio, looking after guests and recording and editing advertisments. Scarlett has been involved in the production of several social documentaries over the years. During Scarlett's free time, they put their energy into creating social media content for small businesses and produces a weekly podcast for fun. This combination of practical experience, academic knowledge, and a passion for media enables Scarlett to effectively mentor and inspire aspiring media professionals in their creative journey.

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