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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 ScreenSkills, the course was the first industry accredited game art design course in England.

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Overview

Reasons to study Game Art at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [ Office for Students, 2017]
  • Accredited by ScreenSkills
    The first industry accredited Game Art course in England, reflecting the high quality and relevance of industry skills you will learn

  • Support from the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre (LMSDC)
    The LMSDC provides extra-curricular support to help develop fundamental drawing skills that will benefit your studies
  • Game Art was awarded 98% Overall Student Satisfaction 
    In the latest National Student Survey 2018
  • Our graduates make the games that you play
    DMU Game Art graduates have gone on to exciting careers working for major game developers, working on titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Grand Theft Auto V, Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, Star Citizen, Homefront: The Revolution, F1 2018, Dirt Rally, Tom Clancy's The Division, and many others

  • 94.4% of our Game Art graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating 
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education ( DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Incredible student success  
    Our Game Art teams from DMU have won the prestigious Crytek/British Library ‘Off the Map’ competition several times in recent years, coming first in 2016 

  • Benefit from special guest lectures
    Enhance your understanding of industry and learn directly from professional 3D artists, producers, art directors and studio heads 

  • Develop your practical and professional skills in dedicated facilities
    Including a specialist 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 a range of placements, including Rare and Criterion.  Past placements have included Bulkhead, BMW (Munich), Dambusters, Exient, Polyamorous (Warsaw), Sumo Digital and Ubisoft

  • 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. Game Art students have recently visited San Francisco for the renowned Game Developers Conference, participated in the Berlin Games Festival, and taken part in the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong

Game Art is a specialist art degree which develops high-level 3D modelling skills, as well as further developing your existing 2D traditional art skills by learning industry-standard digital tools and techniques. 

“The BA (Hons) Game Art course offers high levels of industry engagement from both large and small companies within the UK Games industry.”

Keith Pullin, ScreenSkills Industry Evaluator 

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Game Art Degree Show work

 

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Graduate success and news 

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

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DMU grad leads the way in the gaming industry

 

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  • 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 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

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: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,250

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.

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 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. 

 

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

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

Game Production 1
Using 3ds Max you will learn the basics of 3d modelling through a variety of projects including building props, a character and a small environment.  You will also learn to integrate your work into the Unreal game engine thus gaining first-hand experience of the games development pipeline.

Digital Art Practice 1
Using Photoshop and other digital origination tools, you will develop an essential set of skills and techniques to originate, develop and communicate ideas and support the production of textures as an essential part of the game production pipeline.

Traditional Art Practice 1
Excellent observation and technical skill is important to the games development industry.  Building on your existing art education, you will develop your technical skill and aesthetic judgment through practical activities including regular life and observational drawing, as well the application of art theory.

Year two 

Game Production 2
You will learn more advanced techniques for 3d asset creation, as well as covering Unreal engine topics such as lighting, level design and shader authoring to bring game worlds to life.

Digital Art Practice 2
You will build on skills developed in Digital Art Practice 1, and explore more technically advanced techniques including advanced Photoshop, texture generation, photobashing and the integration of 3D into the origination process.

Traditional Art Practice 2
You will advance your technical knowledge of composition, human anatomy and proportions. You will further develop your skill in the use of traditional drawing tools, materials, techniques and processes to produce technically accurate and aesthetically compelling artwork. 

 

Year three 

Game Production 3: Professional Practice
Selecting from a range of industry-informed briefs, you will complete 3 short projects focussing on developing your specialism and producing industry standard game-ready assets.

Game Production 4: Personal Project
With mentorship from your academic supervisor and support from a technical instructor, you will write your own brief, giving you the freedom to showcase your abilities in your chosen specialism by producing an industry-ready portfolio.

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 portfolio, presentations and coursework. 

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 projects.

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This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

Find out more from ScreenSkills.

Facilities and features

Game Art Studios

We have excellent specialist facilities that include a games studio with a range of industry standard 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. We also have VR development facilities to support students who wish to work in visualisation and VR.  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 is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. 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 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

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Graduate Careers

Our graduates have worked for companies such as Atomhawk, the BBC, Blizzard, BMW, Capcom, Codemasters, Creative Assembly, Crytek, Deepsilver, Gusto Games, Headstrong, Honda, Jagex, Konami, Other Ocean, Playground Games, Razorworks, Rebellion, Riot Games, Rockstar North, Rocksteady Studios, Splash Damage, SEGA, Sony, and Ubisoft.  Graduates are working as 3D artists, visualisation and VR artists, environment artists, character artists, concept artists, technical artists, team leads, studio managers, producers and directors. 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 DMU Global, 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.

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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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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 14 halls of residence — and around 4,300 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.

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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.

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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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