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BA (Hons) Game Art

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Reasons to study Game Art

  • Teaching takes place in a dedicated light and spacious state-of-the-art game art laboratory where you will be learning to use the latest industry standard software.
  • Taught by game art experts with extensive industry experience on AAA game titles across the globe including Los Angeles.
  • In your first year, you will receive your own, personal, industry standard Alienware laptop to enhance your studies.
UCAS Code: W282 Institution Code: S51
Start/End Date: September 2017 - June 2020
September 2018 - June 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Dean Betton Telephone: 01744 623252
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COURSE SPECIFICATION AND HANDBOOK
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see the course Specification

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University of Chester

The BA (Hons) Game Art degree course has been developed and designed by game art experts. It will provide you with specialist training to become a professional 3D games artist, along with theoretical and core skills equipping you to fit into a modern creative games studio. It is the ideal degree course for creative individuals who want an arts orientated career, which utilises computer game processes.

The degree is underpinned by embedding game art appropriate industry skills and knowledge to implement a sound foundation in the use of tools, technologies and processes integral for contemporary games titles.

Traditional skills, preproduction design skills and other forms of visualisation techniques will be instilled. The degree aims to replicate the working conditions of industry level games studios.

You will be trained in using 3D Studio Max, Unreal Level Editor, Mudbox, PhotoShop and other relevant software. Your academic communications skills will also be developed through research, intellectual enquiry and investigation into contemporary game theory and cultural context.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year will provide underlying knowledge and skills that are needed in the games industry and relevant areas. You will gain a fundamental understanding of practical principles and methodologies. Industry software packages are introduced showcasing methodologies and good practice through 3D asset creation and model making, 2D texture creation and the development of game engines. You will also foster your academic skills in preparation for the next two years.

Year 2

The second year will develop your art skills further with a critical understanding, and methodologies needed in the games industry, with more advanced model making techniques and game engine production. You will develop your own creative approach to your practice and to the module outcomes. More complex procedures will be developed from previous skills and knowledge. Students will explore and participate in a major group project replicating industry experience of working as a team.

Year 3

The third year encourages self-directed learning and gives the ability to create personal goals and establish the means to achieve them. You will specialise in a field within the games industry, choosing a project that is personal and will showcase your desired area of game art with a well-developed portfolio.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, demonstrations, seminars, group critiques, selfdirected study, written work, presentations, group work, visits and guest lectures. Using industry standard software will enhance your learning experience enabling you to master the 3D modelling and related digital computer game skills.

Teaching takes place in a dedicated light and spacious state-of-the-art game art laboratory, based in the former SmithKline Beecham building at the Town Centre campus.

The Creative Arts department is friendly and approachable and of a size that enables us to know our students personally and be able to respond to their needs.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is carried out throughout the three years of the course through projects, assignment work, design briefs, computer based work, presentations of artwork, industry critique and essays. A final year show in the third year will allow you to display your work to a wider audience, including influential industry advocates.

Who will be teaching me?

A highly experienced, passionate and enthusiastic lecturing team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of the gaming industry will work with you. Our lecturers have industry experience, including working on AAA game titles such as Wipeout, Mercenaries, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2.

Ref: Dean Betton

What the lecturers say...

Dean Betton

"The games industry needs original thinkers who have, vision and the passion to communicate new ideas. The skills and knowledge learnt here can be used in wide and diverse areas of the creative industries."

Dean Betton
Programme Leader

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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.