You’ll learn about concept art, character art and environment art as well as the pipelines and processes used to make games. These are all areas you’ll need to be proficient in to compete in the games industry. In order to develop such proficiencies, you’ll study some of the underlying principles of game art through the lens of figurative, landscape and other forms of traditional art practice. To this end, you’ll study life drawing alongside 3D modelling and games as visual culture, landscape painting alongside digital painting, concept art together with critical analysis.
As you progress through the course, you’ll narrow the focus of your practice and develop towards a distinctive games-based art practice. Once you have developed your basic skills, you’ll be able to work within game development teams allowing you to apply your practice within the context of professional game making.
In your first year, you’ll build the basic skills that are required of game artists by the industry. You won’t specialise at this stage but instead gain experience of all of the major roles artists occupy and the techniques they use. Working with industry standard software, methods and pipelines, you’ll develop your drawing skills, get better acquainted with anatomy and bring these skills to 3D modelling and its related elements.
You’ll learn about concept, environment and character art through workshops, lectures, crits and seminars, as well as through sustained practical experimentation. Traditional art skills are learned alongside contemporary digital art skills, both 2D and 3D.
- Concept Art and Visual Culture
- Character Art
- Environment Art
- Making Avatars
- Making Space
Your second year is designed to help you to become more confident in your approach to making art for games and in your ability to use creatively relevant professional tools. You’ll take on larger and more challenging projects which allow more sustained engagement. Your first semester work concentrates and consolidates your learning in preparation for the ‘live’ game development of your second semester.
In your second semester, you’ll apply your learning within a collaborative project, working with other game development students on their game project to provide various art assets. This will help you contextualise your understanding of the development pipeline and practice your skills in a live game development context. In addition, you’ll undertake a specialist practice project where you’ll start to hone your skills in a particular area of game art and where you can concentrate on ensuring some high quality work for your portfolio.
- Developing Concept Art Vocabularies
- Developing Character Art Vocabularies
- Developing Environment Art Vocabularies
- Developing Specialist Practice
- World Creation: Game Development Project
Specialisation, independence and professional practice is the main aim of your third year. You’ll work on developing a game with a multi-skilled team throughout, contributing art assets to the game. You’ll work alongside others in a studio context, working with the same methods and pipelines used in industry to produce games.
In addition, you’ll work on specialist game art that will contribute distinctive, polished work to your growing portfolio. We’ll help you to commercialise this work and prepare you for the transition to professional life.
- Major Game Development Project
- Preparing for the Future
- Professional Practice
A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
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