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BTEC Level 3 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 study environment and character design, game document creation, concept art, digital painting techniques and observational drawing.

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

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete.

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 a minimum of four GCSEs at 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 2017), 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'll be ready to progress onto degree level study at University Centre St Helens with BA (Hons) Game Art, 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 Expert Tutors

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

Employer and Graduate Prospects

The Northwest is an important centre for the game development industry.

Learning Experience

You will be trained in using industry standard software including Mud Box, 3D Studio Editor and Unreal Level Editor.

Progression routes

You can progress from St Helens College to the Game Art degree at University Centre St Helens.

Industry related

The degree aims to replicates the working conditions of industry level games studios.

Your studies

You will study environment and character design, game document creation, concept art, digital painting techniques and observational drawing.