University of Bolton Games Art

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University of Bolton Games Art

Our BA (Hons) Games Art is for those students who wish to turn their artistic talents into a career in the games industry. We have teamed up our industry and academic experts to bring you a course which will provide you with all the necessary skills required for a career as an artist in games production. We use only the latest industry standard software and have access to a vast amount of hardware such as dual monitor setups and graphics tablets to give you the perfect learning environment.

The focus of the course modules are:

  • modelling – environments/characters/vehicles
  • texturing
  • lighting
  • rendering
  • level creation
  • traditional art
  • concept art

Throughout your course you will develop key skills essential for success in the games industry. You will create 3D models including characters, environments and vehicles – all types of assets required for triple ‘A’ titles – through to 2D mobile games. During your studies you will generate a portfolio of work, culminating in your final year project where you will demonstrate your skills in your chosen area of games art. Your presentation and communication skills are developed throughout the course to prepare you for life in a games production team.

The Games Art degree is structured to help you learn the fundamentals required for each specific industry art role along with a grounding in traditional art theory, so you can then develop your ability to an professional level in the area you want to specialise; for instance, if you wanted to specialise in character design we would expect you to design your final project to be aimed at this skill. You will create a portfolio of work over the three year program which will show you are not only artistically talented but you can also deal with all aspects of games art production.

It is not only digital art techniques you learn on this degree, there are also several traditional art-based modules to help you with your understanding of subjects like anatomy, form and texture, and we have teamed up with our art department to help bring this to you.

Career Opportunities

We would expect graduates of the Games Art degree to not only be ready for an artist position in the games industry but also be ready to find work in many other different CG industries. This is due to the wide variety of graphics techniques covered on the course as well as the crossover of software in film/visualisation and video games.

Module Structure

Level One

Games Art One, Art for Handheld Games, Games Design One, Games History and Context, Visualisation One

Level Two

Games Art Two – Character Creation, Concept Painting for Games, Games Portfolio Two, Level Design Two, Project Skills, Environment Modelling For Games

Level Three

Games Art Three, Advanced Art Techniques, Games Art Major Project, Business of Computer Games

UCAS Information

260 UCAS points from at least two, but preferably three, A2-levels (or equivalent) including at least one creative subject that includes some art and design.

You will also need five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including mathematics and English.

Candidates must submit a portfolio of work for review and may be asked to attend for interview.