University of Hertfordshire 3d Games Art

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University of Hertfordshire 3d Games Art

University of Hertfordshire 3d Games Art

BA (Hons) 3D Games Art & Design with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad

About the course

Year 1

You study your first year in the 3D Games Art & Design degree in common with students on the 3D Animation and Modelling and 2D Animation and Character for Digital Media. Whilst still focusing on your chosen digital degree study you will experience high levels and intensive engagement with the latest software and animation techniques. First year study also concentrates on essential skills needed throughout your degree study such as design of character, narrative and drawing. Animation and games histories will add context to your study. As you gain experience in your chosen area of study during this year, you have the opportunity to switch to either of the other two degree routes.

Year 2

In order to answer the question what makes games fun to play? your second year will explore game narrative and interactivity. Teamwork is very important in this industry and you are given the opportunity to work in groups to create game levels in an existing games engine and genre. Shader creation and scripting are covered alongside the technological restrictions of real time rendering.

Year 3

Games art underpins all game development. You are taken through the conceptual research, artwork and design for your major project- creating assets – teams create a level and its characters and assets from scratch. Equipped with a showreel games art students are equipped to gain employment in this exciting area.

Why choose this course?

  •   The 3D Games Art & Design degree is the study of games art rather than games programming.
  • Creative Skillset Accredited.
  • The degree explores digital modelling of characters and environments, and develops animation as well as shader techniques and level creation.
  • You will be taught to create optimised geometry and textures and apply them to PC game engines, gaining an understanding of the technological restrictions of real-time 3D graphics.
  • The degree examines sound tracks and creating sound effects.
  • You will explore games and gaming trends, looking at scenarios for PCs, consoles and interactive TV.
  • Our students and graduates frequently win awards – Sam Bang recently won 2016 Search for a Star competition. Find out more about him here
  • Voted School of the Year and Game of the Year in both Next Gen and Virtual Reality categories in the Rookies 2016

You could also study 2D Animation and Character for Digital Media3D Computer Animation and Modelling or Visual Effects for Film & Television.

Entry requirements…

2017 entry

UCAS are introducing a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

  • 120 UCAS points
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (English Language grade C and Mathematics Grade C or above if taken prior to 2015)
  • A level applicants must have at least on A level in an Art & Design or creative subject. If they only have one A level it cannot be in Product Design, Graphics or Photography.
  • BTEC must be in Art & Design subject if not taken with Art based A levels.
  • Photography is acceptable for Visual Effects especially if supported by an A level in Media Studies.
  • Subject to portfolio interview.
  • IB – 120 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include Visual Arts at HL (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
  • For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Key staff

Neil Gallagher
Senior Lecturer of 3D Animation Games Art