BA (Hons) 3D Games Art & Design
- Ranked 8 in Best Game Design Schools in the World (top UK school) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
- Ranked 7 in Best Animation Schools in the World (top in UK) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
- Ranked 1 in Console & PC – Games Design & Development for Production Excellence (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
About the course
Please note that this course has closed applications for 2020 intake.
This course focuses on high-end 3D games art and has been recognised as one of the best courses of its kind. It explores the digital modelling of characters and environments, shading techniques and level creation. You will explore the design side as well by using the latest software in our award-winning Film, Music and Media Building. You’ll discover how to create optimised shapes and textures and apply them to real-time 3D graphics. You’ll also explore games and gaming trends, looking at scenarios that can be applied to PCs, consoles and interactivity and VR. This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, reflecting the highest standard of teaching.
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.
- Voted School of the Year and Game of the Year in both Next Gen and Virtual Reality categories in the Rookies 2016.
What will I study?
The course uses mixed teaching methods but the majority of undergraduate time is spent on project work and software and art-based workshops and lectures.
The Digital Animation courses are assessed through project work both individually and group; there is also a contextual element that requires submitted essay, and there are regular assessed presentations and professional juries.
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.
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.
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.
ScreenSkills accreditation is awarded in recognition of the highest level of contemporary industry teaching and facilities. This gives potential employers an indication that candidates from our degree course have been trained professionally and are ready to take up an industry role successfully.
Employment opportunities include computer animation companies, work with games, TV and film special effects companies. Our graduates work and freelance with some of the worlds best known production and post production houses.
What job can I get?
Your skills will open doors with computer animation companies, games developers and special effects companies. Previous graduates have gone on to work for some of the world’s best-known production and post-production houses. We also encourage you to make contacts with other students to form professional networks.
This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held in April 2020.
We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.
Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:
- module titles
- whether the modules are core or optional
- the expected contact hours
- how the course will be assessed
- staff teaching on the course