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Game Art BA (Hons)

Game Art at DMU gives you a distinctive mix of creativity, talent and the very latest technology. Accredited by Skillset, the course was the first industry accredited game art design course in England.


Reasons to study Game Art at De Montfort University:

  • Accredited by Creative Skillset
    the first industry accredited Game Art course in England, reflecting the high quality and relevance of industry skills you will learn 
  • Our graduates make the games that you play
    including Grand Theft Auto V, Tom Clancy's The Division, Aliens vs Predator, Crysis 3, Homefront: The Revolution, Dead Rising 2 and Far Cry 3
  • Incredible student success 
    recently teams from DMU took first, second and third place at the prestigious Crytek/British Library ‘Off the Map’ competition 2015
  • Excellent staff support
    96% of students said the staff made the subject interesting and their communication skills improved on the course, whilst 97% said they found it easy to contact staff when needed*
  • Regular guest lectures
    learn directly from professional artists, producers, art directors and studio heads
  • Industry-standard facilities
    including a dedicated games studio with a range of high-spec PCs for producing 3D game content, a drawing studio and a suite of Cintiq graphics tablets 
  • Dedicated work placements
    enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at at Ubisoft in France, Exient in the UK and BMW Design Works in Los Angeles. We also offer an exchange programme with the University of Advancing Technology in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. 

* National Student Survey


Explore our students' work, jump into the third dimension

There are three distinct themes fully integrated across three years of study:

Game Production  covers the practical development of in-game content by exploring character, environment and vehicle design, including industry standard 3D modelling, mapping, materials, rigging and dynamic effects.

Visual Design  builds on your fundamental industry skills such as good drawing and painting, an understanding of anatomy, an appreciation of form, composition and colour theory, using a range of traditional and digital tools and techniques.

Critical Game Studies  explores games, popular culture, film, art, technology and the games industry with a unique blend of guest lectures, seminars and social networking. 

There are regular guest lectures from professionals including artists, producers, art directors, studio heads and others. You will graduate with a portfolio demonstrating your capabilities and talents.

Faculty Degree Show 2016

Work from students studying Animation, Game Art Design, Graphic Design and Illustration, Graphic Design and Media Production.




Please note: To better reflect the content of this programme and the types of careers our graduates go into, from 2017 entry the title of the course will be changed to Game Art BA (Hons).



Wait, before you continue...

Game Art is a course where you can express your creativity, use your imagination to develop worlds or sculpt complex characters and advance your visual design skills. Get a feel for where you fit in, take a look at some of our students' work and get some advice on how to put your portfolio together for interview.

Game Art Design portfolio advice




Graduate success and news 

Immersive Shakespeare video leads to unprecedented third win for DMU Gate Art students

Game Art students land top jobs before graduation!

DMU student lands job on most anticipated video game of the year 


More courses like this:

Animation BA (Hons)

Animation (VFX) BA (Hons)

Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Graphic Design (Illustration) BA (Hons)

Graphic Design (Interactive) BA (Hons)



  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W291

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W291

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 120 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with Art and Design at grade B or above or
  • Art and Design BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DDM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Art and Design course with at least 15 level 3 credits in Art and Design at Distinction. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 30+ points including Art and Design at higher level grade 6 or
  • Art and Design Foundation Diploma: Pass 

Portfolio Required: You will also need a good portfolio according to the course guidelines as part of your application 

Interview Required: Yes, international students will be interviewed via Skype. 

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Professional accreditation



Year one 

  • Critical Studies 1
  • Visual Design 1 
  • Game Production 1

Year two 

  • Critical Studies 2
  • Visual Design 2
  • Game Production 2


Year three 

  • Game Production 3, Professional Briefs
  • Game Production 4, Personal Project

The course has a vibrant studio culture that encourages individuals to achieve their full potential. Teaching and learning is primarily through practical workshops, seminars and lectures. Final year students also mentor new students in our Gurus and Grasshoppers scheme, helping with the transition to university life, and developing a strong community spirit.

Assessment includes regular presentations of artwork and practical projects for peer, tutor and industry critique. You will produce your own portfolio of professional standard work, guided by artists from the game industry and the teaching team.


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 24 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


The first Skillset accredited Game Art course in England.

Facilities and features

Game Art Studios

We have excellent specialist facilities that include a games studio with a range of software and high spec PCs for producing 3D game content and for studying games on PC, Playstation, Xbox as well as the next generation hardware as it becomes available. The 2D elements of the course benefit from a dedicated drawing studio, and you will have access to a professional-standard suite of Cintiq tablets. We also have fully AV-equipped lecture/ seminar rooms to support other learning and teaching activities.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life. On the ground floor, visitors can eat or drink at a café selling Starbucks coffee, at Subway or at Milly Lane’s, the campus’ newest eatery run by DSU, selling freshly handmade hot and cold food, coffee and smoothies.

Also on the ground floor is a Spar and Subway. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary  and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A newly-created staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Our graduates have worked for companies such as Artificial Life, the BBC, Big Big Games, Blitz Games Studios, BMW, Capcom, Codemasters, Code Monkeys, Creative Assembly, Crytek, Eurocom, Gusto Games, Headstrong, Jagex, Konami, Other Ocean, Outso, Razorworks, Rebellion Studios, Rockstar North, Deepsilver, SEGA, Sony, and Ubisoft Reflections. Graduates are working as concept artists, character artists, environment artists, lead artists, technical artists and director. They have also produced their own original games, including Sodium, published by Sony.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.

They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.

DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.

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How to apply

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


Your DSU

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.


A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

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