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Game Art BA (Hons)

Falmouth University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cornwall
English
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Falmouth University

Program description

Game Art BA (Hons)

As a game artist, you'll be joining one of the fastest growing sectors of the games industry, and be in higher demand than ever before. On this course, you'll work within game development teams and graduate as a skilled, industry-ready game artist.

You will:

  • Learn about concept art, character art and environment art as well as the pipelines and processes used to make games.
  • Work in an industry-standard environment with access to Cintiqs.
  • Make complete games by working in multidisciplinary teams and collaborating in engines like Unreal and Unity.
  • Acquire the skills you need to make a successful career from your artistic talent.
  • Be surrounded by people who live and breathe games.
  • Master a range of industry-standard tools used to produce game art including ZBrush, Maya, Substance Painter and Marmoset.

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.

As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year one

During the first year of your Game Art degree, you'll build the basic skills demanded by the industry, and learn about game artists' major roles and techniques. Working with industry-standard software, methods and pipelines, you'll develop your drawing skills, better understand anatomy, and apply these abilities to 3D modelling and related elements.

You'll learn traditional and digital art skills – both 2D and 3D – alongside concept, environment and character art.

Modules

  • Concept Art 1
  • Character Art 1
  • Environment Art 1
  • Concept Art 2
  • Character Art 2
  • Environment Art 2

Year two

You'll grow your confidence in game art and your skills in professional tools. You'll then provide art assets to a collaborative project with game development students, giving you valuable experience in the development pipeline. An additional specialist practice project lets you hone your skills in a particular area of game art, and create high quality work for your portfolio.

Modules

  • Developing Concept Art Vocabularies
  • Developing Character Art Vocabularies
  • Developing Environment Art Vocabularies
  • World Creation Project : Production
  • Developing Specialist Art Practice

Year three

With specialism, independence and professional practice at the front and centre of this year, you'll join a multi-skilled team on a game development project. Working in a studio, you'll contribute art assets using industry-standard methods and pipelines.

You'll also create distinctive and polished work for your growing portfolio by working on specialist game art. We'll then help you commercialise this work and prepare you for the transition to professional life.

Modules

  • Major Game Development Project: Pre-Production
  • Professional Practice
  • Major Game Development Project: Production
  • Preparing for the Future

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2021-22

  • Full-time UK - £9,250 per year
  • Full-time EU - £16,950 per year
  • Full-time international - £16,950 per year

Tuition fees 2022-23

  • Full-time UK - £9,250 per year
  • Full-time EU - £17,460 per year
  • Full-time international - £17,460 per year

Qualification

What you’ll learn

You'll explore the principles of game art in the context of traditional art practice, combining subjects like landscape painting with advanced Photoshop, concept art with critical analysis, and life drawing with 3D modelling. We'll also build your expertise in concept, character and environment art, agile project management, and development pipelines and processes.

Focused on industry practices, much of your learning will come from working in game development teams – devising and developing real games using real-world practices.

Career opportunities

What our graduates do

Our students set themselves on career paths leading to roles like character artist, 3D modeler, environment artist, concept artist and producer.

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Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...


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Falmouth University

Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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