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Game Art BA (Hons)

Develop the professional skills and knowledge you need to design world-class games content, preparing you for an exciting career in the flourishing game art industry.

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Overview

Combining creativity and knowledge of specialist technology, coupled with strong industry links, you will graduate with the skills required for roles as an environment artist, character artist, lead artist, technical artist or director.

This specialist art degree, accredited by ScreenSkills, will help you to master high-level 3D modelling skills, as well as develop your existing 2D traditional art skills, through modules including Game Production, Digital Art Practice and Traditional Art Practice. Showcase your talent and creativity by producing an industry-ready portfolio, with support from your academic and technical supervisors.

Our excellent facilities include a dedicated games studio with a range of industry-standard software and high-spec PCs and consoles for producing 3D game content, a drawing studio and a suite of Cintiq graphics tablets. We also have VR development facilities to support students who wish to work in visualisation and virtual reality.

Our vibrant studio culture means you will always be at the forefront of the latest industry trends and techniques. You will also have the opportunity to take part in national and international creative events and challenges such as The Rookies and Search for a Star.

Recent graduates are working for companies such as Ubisoft, BMW, NaturalMotion, Playground Games, Codemasters, Dambusters Studios, Lockwood, Rockstar North and Jagex.

Key features

  • Accredited by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries, this degree carries the ScreenSkills quality mark, which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for industry.
  • Exhibit your work at the week-long DMU Degree Show, one of Leicester’s biggest art and design shows, where final-year students have the chance to meet talent scouts and win industry prizes.
  • Access one-to-one support from the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre to perfect your drawing skills and meet like-minded artists.
  • Benefit from a range of specialist guest lectures, including professional 3D artists, producers, art directors and studio heads.
  • Enhance your practical and professional skills with a range of dedicated work placements. Past students have landed positions with Codemasters, Crytek, Ubisoft and the BBC.
  • Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global. Game Art students have 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.

“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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Graduate success and news 

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

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DMU grad leads the way in the gaming industry

 

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  • 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

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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

  • 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

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • 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 then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

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

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Year one 

Game Production 1 

Digital Art Practice 1 

Traditional Art Practice 1

Year two

Game Production 2 

Digital Art Practice 2 

Traditional Art Practice 2 

Year three

Game Production 3: Professional Practice 

Game Production 3: 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 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 home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

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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

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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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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