BA (Hons) Games Art

University of the Arts London
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
25 September 2023
University of the Arts London

About this program

BA (Hons) Games Art

BA (Hons) Games Art is a practice-led course that will support you to develop a creative skillset relevant to the evolving computer games industry.

With access to extensive facilities including computer labs, green screen studios and motion capture, you’ll use current technologies and specialist software to create both 2D and 3D computer game characters, environments and artefacts.

You’ll be able to collaborate with BA (Hons) Games Design and BA (Hons) Animation students to create interactive games and entertainment, as well as opportunities to engage with industry through live projects, placements and guest speakers.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking is required for this course. All classes are conducted in English.


The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

96 UCAS tariff points which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at Grade C or above
  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Merit, Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit in UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum

And 2 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

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

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Program content

Year 1

Introduction to Games Art

This unit introduces you to your course, subject, and effective learning as an undergraduate student. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline, and help you to develop skills for independent and collaborative learning, reflection, and your own self-development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds, and you’ll have an opportunity to reflect on how your own background shapes the way you approach your course.

Principles of Games Art

Providing an understanding of narrative design and how the fundamentals of design underpin games art, this unit will support you to develop essential skills through a range of creative and technical analogue and digital workshops. You’ll use short projects to reinforce and embed learning, and work collaboratively to maximise the scope of project development. The skills and technical aspects you develop will underpin your approach to future projects.

Concept Development

Building on previous units, you’ll develop your skill set further by experimenting with different themes, techniques, skills and formats. Applying artistic rules and theories, you’ll put theoretical studies into practice to challenge and advance your ways of working.

Informed Practice 1

This unit will establish and negotiate a project that pushes your critical and creative research, writing and exploration, You’ll be introduced to histories, theories and debates relating to games, visual and technological cultures, and study examples in broader social, historical and cultural contexts to consider the multiplicity of meanings and functions assigned to visual culture.

Year 2

Professional Pipeline

This unit introduces you to the roles and responsibilities of group work, enabling you to put personal and professional development principles into practice. You’ll have the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams with students from other courses - and, more widely, with external collaborators – to use subject-specific skills to achieve a common goal. This unit can also help prepare you for the Diploma in Professional Studies.

Visual Immersion

You’ll be introduced to the defining technical and artistic principles that underpin visual immersion, enabling you to better understand the practices and skills needed to create professional moving image products. You'll also be encouraged to experiment with a wide array of digital production methodologies to develop project work.

Exploratory Practice

You’ll produce game-ready artefacts that demonstrate a developing knowledge of your specialist practice, and - most importantly - how that practice intersects with other mediums. You’ll produce a project that demonstrates your understanding of the broader context of your technical specialism.

Informed Practice 2

You’ll develop your broader knowledge and understanding of culture within the video games industry alongside wider culture informing your practice. You’ll reflect, analyse and contextualise by exploring themes of equality, diversity, inclusivity and sustainability through theoretical investigation, such as the critical evaluation of ethics and violence within video games. This unit will prepare you for your extended piece of academic writing in Informed Practice 3.

Year 3

Final Major Project

You’ll have the space and direction to produce and negotiate a specialised piece of work that supports your future aspirations. You’ll consider your creative route, receive expert guidance towards completion of your chosen subject, and have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other disciplines.

Informed Practice 3

You’ll submit an academically rigorous piece of work manifesting critical enquiry, reflection, analysis and original research. You’ll demonstrate detailed research, apply a range of different research methods and methodological approaches, and contextualise your work from a historical, socio-political and theoretical perspective, informed by your approach to your own creative practice.

Professional Futures

You’ll consider your future goals and aspirations and produce content to help propel your career forward. Shaping your knowledge of professional standards, you’ll also enhance your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a focus on finessing your professional, industry-facing portfolio of work.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

BA(Hons) Games Art runs for 93 weeks in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 31 weeks.


  • Tuition fees for Home students are £9,250*
  • Tuition fees for International students are £23,610*

*This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.


  • Practical workshops
  • Supervised ttudio practice
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest Lectures and workshops
  • Project work
  • Peer critique
  • Research
  • Learning sets
  • Work Based Learning
  • Group working
  • Tutorials
  • Online Learning

Continuing studies

You’ll gain experience working on live briefs, responding to client feedback, and developing a professional portfolio to launch your career.

Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) – An optional, year-long learning opportunity which enables you to develop your professional skills by undertaking a variety of placements and industry experiences. Supported throughout the year by academics, you’ll build on the knowledge gained on your course in a range of national or international locations, and graduate with an additional qualification of Diploma in Professional Studies.

UAL Diploma in Creative Computing – An optional, year-long opportunity which allows you to develop the computational skills that are shaping the future of the digital creative industries. After successfully completing the Diploma and the final year of your undergraduate degree, you’ll graduate with an enhanced degree title: for example, BA (Hons) Games Art (with Creative Computing).

Career paths

Potential careers within Games Art:

  • 2D Concept Artist
  • 3D Artist
  • Game Animator
  • Technical Artist
  • Games Designer
  • QA Tester
  • UI Artist
  • Marketing for games

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University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings®, for the fifth year in a row. It has an international reputation in art, design, communication,...

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With multiple sites across London, UAL offers endless opportunities to draw inspiration from this global creative hub.

  • UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers across the creative industries and beyond.
  • Graduates are frequently shortlisted for national and global awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
  • UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students.
  • The university offers a wide range of theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil.
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  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from London’s world-famous art galleries, museums and theatres.
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272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
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