Based in our digital arts department, you will explore everything from character design, concept art and animation to digital painting and 3D modelling, enabling you to develop a diverse skill set to launch a successful career in the industry. 

We offer a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at St Helens College and a BA (Hons) degree at University Centre St Helens, accredited by University of Chester. 

You will benefit

Our experienced lecturers and tutors have previously worked with global companies on popular AAA game titles and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and industry links with you.

With this, you will have the opportunity to work on live briefs with local employers to build your work portfolio and gain a first-hand insight of this exciting and diverse industry.  

You will succeed

By using industry standard software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Unreal Engine, Autodesk Maya, Mudbox and AfterEffects, you will gain a competitive advantage over others when entering the industry.

You will stand out

The Northwest is an important centre for the game development industry and we have links with local industry, located centrally in a region that has a cluster of games companies.

In the last three years, graduates from our degree course have gained employment with Rebellion and Sony in Liverpool, Travellers' Tales in Knutsford and TT Fusion in Wilmslow.


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Animator - £14k - £26k+, 3D Modeler - £15k - £30k+, Quality Assurance Tester - £20k - £30k+, Concept Artist - £16k - £35k+, Games Developer - £19k - £35k+, Level Editor - £18k - £35k+
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Why study Games, Animation and VFX with us?

Industry Experts

Our lecturers have industry experience, including working on AAA game titles.

Employer Links

We have strong employer links with the games industry in the Northwest.

Latest Industry Software

You will use the latest industry standard software such as MudBox, Unreal Engine and Autodesk. 

Excellent Progression

Excellent progression from the level 3 course to degree level study at University Centre St Helens.

Live Briefs and Projects

Work on live briefs and projects with professional clients in the industry. 

Diverse Range of Skills

Develop a wide range of skills from digital painting and 3D modelling to character design.