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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Game Art)

Studying game art includes learning a mixture of digital and traditional techniques that will help to develop both your drawing and software skills, as well as your visual awareness and compositional skills.

You will explore everything from environment and character design, game document creation and concept art to digital painting, 3D modelling and observational drawing.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and offers a one-year, 90-credit diploma route or a two-year, level 3 extended diploma route.

What will I study?

During this course, you will focus on your development of the fundamental skills that will help you to build a career as a digital artist.

You will study specialist areas such as:

  • Digital painting
  • Matte painting
  • Photo manipulation
  • 3D modelling and animation
  • Traditional concept art creation techniques

You will be taught by professionals to use industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and 3D Studio Max.

How is it assessed?

You will create work for a range of practical assignments and projects that will be assessed internally and/or externally. Tutors will provide ongoing feedback designed to help you improve across a steady learning curve.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and preferably an art related subject.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed this course, you will be ready to progress on to the BA (Hons) Game Art, at University Centre St Helens, accredited by University of Chester.

Alternatively, you may decide to apply to other universities in the country. Previous graduates have progressed to BA (Hons) Game Art courses at De Montford, Staffordshire, Salford and BA (Hons) Digital Games at Falmouth.

Ref: Robert Hinde

Why study Game Art 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.