MA Games Art and Design

Why choose Herts?

  • Excellent Reputation: Ranked 1st in the UK as Top Games Development School (10th worldwide) and 1st for Games Design & Development Production Excellence (Rookies World School Rankings® 2020).
  • Employment Prospects: Graduates work for most major games' companies including BAFTA winning UK games studio Creative Assembly, Frontier, Splash Damage, Guerrilla Games, Mediatonic Games and Rare.
  • Industry-Related Learning: There are work related learning opportunities on this course, all students complete a live external brief provided by a major games studio as part of their coursework.

Professional Accreditations

We are a Rookies Certified School. Find out more here.

Winner of The Rookies Game of the Year 2020 (Uplink)

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About the course

  • The MA Games Art and Design degree allows you to develop your Games Art  and Design skills and knowledge to a professional level.
  • You will produce a commercial-standard personal portfolio that reflects the forefront of current practices in approach, style and vision.
  • Explore the theoretical and contextual understanding of games art, its audiences and significances in our contemporary media culture.
  • Develop professional-level enquiry, research, creative invention, project planning and management practices.
  • On this masters degree you will learn in a multi-disciplinary environment through discussion and the exploration of ideas.
  • See our MA Games Art Vimeo Page for showreels and alumni activity.

Why choose this course?

This MA Games Art and Design degree meets the needs of the games industry. The games industry has developed dramatically from the days of the solo practitioner to become a global market where large teams of artists work in unison to create content for the next generation of interactive game technologies. The current games art and design practitioner is likely to become a specialist in one area, such as character modelling, environment creation, lighting, animating etc. This award fuses technical knowledge of real-time rendering with the aesthetic decisions and traditional skills you will need as a games artist.

On this postgraduate Games Art and Design degree, your study will include ways of thinking about the cultural resonance of your work and about the audiences it is made for, about the nature of creativity, and the role of the Cultural Industries in a modern knowledge economy. Through your study you will develop a range of project management skills, and an ability to identify and manage your own learning. You will consider the role of enterprise opportunities in commercial, professional and social environments. Enquiry, research and clear communication underpin work throughout the programme. As well as specialist modules in your chosen discipline area the programme includes modules that are shared with other postgraduate awards in the School of Creative Arts.

The structure of MA Games Art and Design promotes cross-discipline discussion and maintains the enthusiasm and focus of discipline specialists. It enables you to develop the key transferable skills of postgraduate study grounded in activities that have currency, relevance and application for your future career and for further academic study.

The MA Games Art and Design course, part of the postgraduate Media programme, offers you a coherent learning in one of several awards. It enables you to develop creative practical skills in a discipline of your choosing. That work may extend your existing skills, knowledge and understanding, or it may mean a change of direction, new learning, and new experiences. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned professionals work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

What will I study?

On this programme teaching and learning emphasises enquiry led project work, developing the kind of independence and autonomy that is appropriate for postgraduate education. Lectures, seminars and other discussions bring students together in multi-disciplinary groups where ideas are shared, challenged, developed. Workshops and other activities develop specific discipline centered skills and understandings while tutorials develop individual study trajectories and responses to assignment tasks and briefs.

Much of the time students are engaged in self-managed independent study, undertaking enquiries and research, developing skills, inventing and developing ideas, realizing project outcomes, exploring the cultural resonance of their work.

All students on the PG Media programme engage in an interdisciplinary project as a part of their MA study, giving them an opportunity to work with students from other disciplines in an experimental and creative way.

There are work related learning opportunities on this course, all students complete a live external brief as part of their coursework.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Creative Economies 15 Credits Compulsory
    Major Study: Games Art and Design 60 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 1: Media 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 2: Media 30 Credits Compulsory
    Media Discourses 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry (Online) 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Economies (Online) 15 Credits Optional
  • Key staff

    Programme Leader Dr Ian Willcock

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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MA Games Art and Design Download
    MA Games Art and Design Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Games Art and Design Download
    MA Games Art and Design Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

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