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University for the Creative Arts

Games Arts

UCAS Code: W280

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Interactive and electronic design

Located next to Guildford – hailed as the ‘Hollywood of Video Games’ by The Guardian – our BA (Hons) Games Arts course has access to some of the biggest and most exciting emergent names in the games industry.

A crucial part of the gaming experience is the art – the worlds, characters and concepts created through the imagination of the creators. On this Games Arts course you’ll develop a deep grounding in 2D and 3D development through to production, current tools and technologies, games design disciplines, critical thinking practice and the widening context of gameplay.

You’ll learn observational drawing and explore art styles, whilst designing and creating interactive and digital environments.

Working in the gaming industry will give you a variety of opportunities to work all over the world, and studying this course will give you the skillset required.

With access to high-end hardware and outstanding industry software such as Autodesk Maya, Quixel Suite, Zbrush, Unity, Unreal, Marvelous Designer and more, you’ll be able to bring to life incredible worlds, dynamic characters and engaging game prototypes from your imagination. You’ll also have the opportunity to use production cameras, workshops and digital editing studios as part of your degree.

Supported by our team of experienced lecturers, practitioners and researchers, you’ll study a balance of theory and practice across the Games Arts subject, covering industry software, a range of art skills and design drawing techniques.

You’ll learn industry methodologies such as Agile Development, whilst experiencing how to work effectively in a team, collaboratively creating exciting game prototypes and completing projects towards an extensive and bespoke portfolio.

Whether your ambition is to become a games concept artist, designer, 3D asset modeller, environment artist, games developer, or other creative gaming professional, our BA (Hons) Games Art degree offers you the perfect springboard into the industry.

UCA’s Games Arts degree has access to some of the biggest names in industry including Sony, EA, Super Massive Games, Ubisoft, Rebellion and many more.

Similar courses that we offer:

Games Design - UCA Rochester
Games Technology - UCA Farnham
Creative Computing - UCA Canterbury

Modules

In Year 1 you'll learn the key art skills and software knowledge needed to communicate ideas and create tangible art assets in the context of entertainment design and games development. You'll explore observational drawing practice and 3D art production, as well as game concepts, design and programming. In Year 2 you'll investigate the historical, theoretical and aesthetic dimensions of gaming practice. Working in a studio environment centred around industry roles, you’ll produce a ‘Vertical Slice’ for an original game prototype. You'll also construct an AAA studio style prop based on a photograph or concept of your choosing. In Year 3 you'll undertake self-directed pre-production of an individual or group project, and produce a dissertation relating to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your chosen area of practice.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Farnham

Department:

Animation

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Interactive and electronic design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Design occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Interactive and electronic design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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