BA (Hons)
Undergraduate - Level 4,5 & 6

Game Art

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Develop character, concept and environment art, 3D modelling and sculpting in this career-focused Game Art degree. You’ll develop your own games in collaboration with other students in a structure that replicates the professional environment.

Key Information
  • Where can I study?
    Bristol / Manchester
  • Start Date
    September 2024
  • Study Modes
    Full-Time
  • Course Length
    3 Years
  • UK/Home Fees (Per Year)
    £9,250
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Game Art

Course Overview

As a game artist, you’ll be joining one of the fastest growing sectors of the games industry where skills are in higher demand than ever before.

On this Game Art degree, you’ll work in multi-skilled collaborative teams and graduate as a confident, industry-ready game artist. You’ll study fundamental game art principles alongside traditional art practice, building your expertise to contribute to a major game development project in your second and third year to help you graduate with a  professional portfolio.

This degree explores the fundamentals of game art and development from the creation of assets including character, concept and environment art, 3D modelling and sculpting using key softwares to understanding the varying roles that go into making a game, to development pipelines and how to pitch game ideas.

You’ll develop your skills using world-class facilities, with high-end hardware and the latest software such as Autodesk Maya, Substance, Zbrush, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and game engines such as Unity and Unreal.

This course is taught by the dBs Institute and awarded by Access Creative College

If you’re based in or hoping to study in London, this course is available to study with Access Creative London.

This course is taught by the dBs Institute and awarded by Falmouth University

Course Details

You will study a total of 18 modules, including a final major project. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes.

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Year Overview

Year 1

Module Breakdown

During the first year of your Game Art degree, you'll build core skills demanded by the industry, and learn about game artists' major roles and techniques. Working with industry-standard software, methods and processes, you'll develop your drawing skills, better understand anatomy, and apply these abilities to 3D modelling and related elements. You'll learn traditional and digital art skills – both 2D and 3D – alongside concept, environment and character art to build digital worlds and characters.

Year 2

In your second year, you’ll grow your confidence in game art and your skills with professional digital tools. You’ll participate in a collaborative project with game students of different disciplines to give you valuable experience in an industry-style development pipeline. An additional specialist practice project lets you hone your skills in a particular area of game art, giving you the opportunity to create high-quality work for your portfolio.

Year 3

With specialism, independence and professional practice at the forefront of your third year, you'll join a multi-skilled team on a game development project. Working in a studio, you'll contribute art assets using industry-standard methods and pipelines; taking your technical skills to the limit by investigating the use of cutting-edge specialist hardware and software used in games. This final year will see you ready yourself for the job market by building a professional portfolio that showcases your talents by displaying the body of work you have produced up to this point. We'll then help you commercialise this work and prepare you for the transition to professional life.

How You'll Learn

You'll create original games through group work, professional practice and Game Jams. You'll also develop practical skills through practice-based workshops, and learn to evaluate and improve your work through group tutorials, and individual tutorials. Regular learning will come from lectures, seminars and our Virtual Learning Environment.

In addition your learning will be supported by:

  • Industry masterclasses and guest lecturers
  • Access to game development studio spaces and bookable equipment
  • Use of library resources and study spaces
  • Access to supporting online resources including videos, reading and interactive activities

Assessments are 100% coursework, submitted in an electronic format to our virtual learning environment, and designed to reflect professional practice. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Collaborative Studio Practice
  • Computer-based Artefacts and Worksheet Tasks
  • Poster Demonstrations and other Presentations
  • Critical Evaluations and Continuing Personal Development
  • Papers and a Professional Portfolio

On average you should allow for between 40 - 50 hours per week for your studies of which approximately 25% will be taught (c.10 hours) and 75% will be self-study.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply

Applying for this course is easy! Simply click the "Apply" button below to submit your application directly through our website.
A member of our Admissions Team will then be in touch to discuss your suitability for the course, your interests and to arrange an interview.

Applications for undergraduate degrees are made through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply online through the UCAS website.

Please note that the UCAS 'on-time' application deadline for equal consideration is 31st January 2024.

UCAS Codes
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Course Code
Campus Code
Institution Code
Manchester
W207
J
F33
Bristol
W208
D
F33

If you would like to make an application for this course, fill in your details below and a member of our admissions team will be in touch to advise you through the application process.

For detailed information on how to apply please take a look at our guide to making an application.

Why Choose dBs

Here at dBs Institute, we pride ourselves on creating a learning environment that reflects the industry that you want to work in. Our state-of-the-art facilities ensure that you are working on professional-grade equipment; our course leaders have years of industry experience to draw from and we foster a community of students and staff that inspires and encourages collaboration. Throughout your studies and beyond, we will also provide you with career support and guidance to reach your future goals.

Facilities

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Developing projects in the game suite
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    Your Future Prospects

    The beauty of game art is how many individual roles sit beneath it, and students studying this course will come away from this degree with the skills and experience to fulfil a great number of them.

    In our career spotlight, we highlight the variety of roles available to graduates of this course and how you can progress into them:

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