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Game Art Design BA (Hons)

Game Art Design 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.

Overview

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Reasons to study Game Art Design at De Montfort University:

      • Accredited by Creative Skillset
        the first industry accredited Game Art Design course in England, reflecting the high quality and relevance of industry skills you will learn 
      • More than 91% graduate employability
        in work or further study within six months of completing this course*, working for companies such as Codemasters, Code Monkeys, Crytek, Eurocom, Jagex, Konami, Rockstar North, SEGA, Sony, BMW and Ubisoft Reflections to name just a few 
      • 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
      • 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. 

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2013/14

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).

 

 

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Game Art Design 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

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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: £9,000

Find out more about course 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: £12,250

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

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 300 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.

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.

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.

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The first Skillset accredited game art design 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

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work is due to start in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

Library and Learning Zones

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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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.

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#DMUglobal

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).

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Placements

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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