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Games Art BSc (Hons)

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Park, Cheltenham
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Course overview

Design stunning characters and immersive worlds for computer games that you and others would love to play. Learn how to turn your imagination and creativity into visually appealing interactive experiences for commercial use.

Our animation & games design courses are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

With access to our purpose built labs, equipped with high-end hardware and industry software – 3ds Max, ZBrush, Substance Tools, Adobe CC, Unity, Unreal and much more – you’ll be able to bring to life incredible worlds, dynamic characters and engaging game prototypes from your imagination. You’ll get first class support from our industry-experienced lecturers who have worked on games for Sony, Adidas, Intel, Crytek, 2K Sports, Rebellion, Eutechnyx and Headstrong Games.

Study style

You’ll learn through practical experience with supporting lectures and workshops. You’ll start by learning and exploring all aspects of design and production of game art, with the opportunity to tailor your modules to your specific strengths and career objectives while you progress. All modules are assessed through coursework, so you can build a strong visual portfolio.

You’ll be taught through hands-on practical sessions, underpinned by visual design principles and traditional 2D and 3D visualisation techniques, a range of skills including – 3D modelling, animation, digital sculpting, material & texture authoring, interface design, modular design, character art, concept art, procedural content production and observational drawing.

You’ll work both on your own and in teams with our games programming and design students. You’ll gain real-world experience and produce an extensive portfolio of artwork, playable games and prototypes – offering you the perfect springboard into the industry.

UoG is a PlayStation First partner which means you’ll have access to the same development hardware that game studios use to create ground-breaking, innovative games on PlayStation.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham Variable* Variable*
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham Variable* Variable*

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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Careers

With over 50 years in combined industry experience, your tutors will bring a vast network of industry professionals, working in the UK and abroad.

During the degree, you’ll be challenged to engage with a thriving industry through live briefs, game jams, our annual games conference, end of year show and a variety of field trips to conferences in the UK and abroad. These experiences build on the tools and techniques you’ll learn, ensuring you are career-ready following graduation.

Graduates from this course can go on to work as a 3D or UI artist; animator; concept, character or environment artist.

Learn from industry professionals

You’ll learn established tools and techniques from industry professionals and work towards a strong portfolio of work to start your career.

Build your network

Our GameX conference as well as visits to EGX, Brains Eden, Everything Procedural in Holland & Reboot Dubrovnik will allow you to start building your game development network and ensure you’re up to date with the latest developments in games.

Be part of a community

The Personal Tutor scheme, small class sizes and regular social events ensure you’ll get the best possible support, build long-lasting friendships and become part of a community of likeminded game enthusiasts.

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Ranked 6th in the UK for student and teaching satisfaction

Our animation & games design courses are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

Trips and experiences

Field trips to Rebellion, Neon Play and Microsoft Horizon have offered a rare look behind the scenes of how studios develop their games and opportunities to work on live briefs.

For our yearly GameX Conference we’ve had guest speakers from renowned studios such as Rebellion, Remedy Entertainment, Codemasters and Microsoft Rare. ComX, our end of year show, is regularly visited by people from game studios such as Neon Play, Unity Technologies and Playground Game to look at student work and discuss employment opportunities.

Placements

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

Follow in the footsteps of our students who’ve had industry placement year at companies such as Neon Play, Sumo Digital, Team 17 and Unity Technologies to get some serious experience that will kickstart your career following graduation.

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