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.
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
This course is taught by the dBs Institute and awarded by Falmouth University
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the freedom to fit your learning around you. For online students, course content – other than one-to-one sessions – will be available to access whenever suits you. Video materials that have been created for online students will also be made available to students that select to study on-site.
You will learn from tutors whose expertise extends across production, composition, sound design, sound engineering, label management, marketing and promotion.
You’ll also have access to our extensive guest lecture programme, giving you the chance to meet leading industry professionals – ranging from respected producers and performers to specialist technical staff from world-class audio companies.
As a student of this course, you will be encouraged to apply for placements and opportunities with dBs Pro, our in-house creative audio company.
This will allow you to further your experience and apply the skills you have been honing, as well as showcase your skills to clients and develop your creative own links in the industry.
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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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