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About the course

Looking to launch a career at the point where art meets gaming? This professionally accredited computer games art degree focuses on digital art production, giving you a broad understanding of the technology that holds computer games together and helping you to become well versed in art direction, character creation and environment design.

Alongside the development of creative design and art direction skills, this computer games art degree covers computer graphics, the business of games, employability and project management. This broad comprehension will help put students in the best possible position to find employment after graduation.

Students benefit from free access to our dedicated high-spec computer games lab, where they can make use of industry-standard software from Adobe, Autodesk and Epic (Unreal Engine).

Using these facilities, students build up a varied portfolio of creative work. From character models and level design to environment rendering and textures, this portfolio helps students to demonstrate their competencies to potential employers.

At Solent, our excellent industry links play a key part in student development, and past students have had the opportunity to work on live briefs for real clients. In addition, our academic team is formed of expert professionals who have wide-ranging experience in computer game technology and the gaming industry.  

Additionally, Solent is a founder member of SIGN. This not-for-profit network was established to represent and support independent video games developers and facilitate growth in the south’s independent video games development sector.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Solent University’s BA (Hons) Computer Games (Art) degree is accredited by Creative Skillset – a mark of quality reserved for courses that are best suited to prepare students for a career in the creative industries.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to roles such as freelance concept artist or 3D artist, working for a range of companies including MicroNav, Real Visual, Ninja Theory and FuturLab.

Who is this course for?

This unique computer games art degree is ideally suited to students who want to put their traditional fine art skills to use creating exciting and interactive digital outcomes. Students gain a broad understanding of the technology that holds games together and are given ample opportunities to build a professional portfolio.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry G450
  • 4 Years Digital Arts Foundation Year IG60
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,700

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels (including an Art and Design subject), a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* in an Art and Design subject or equivalent
  • Applicants who aren’t studying an Art and Design subject are still welcome to apply, but will be required to submit an electronic portfolio for consideration.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Digital Arts

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Placement year 4 years  Apply

Digital Arts Foundation Year route:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Prop Studies
  • Introduction to 3D
  • Computer Games: Culture and Theory
  • Model Building
  • Texture Creation
  • Art and Environment Theory
  • Games Systems

Year two

Core units
  • Critical Discourse 1
  • Level Design
  • Advanced 3D
  • Game Production

Options

  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 1
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 2
  • Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Critical Discourse 2
  • Games Major Project

Options

  • Pre-Production: Conceptual
  • Pre-Production: Industry

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Students' work

Meet the course team

James TerKeurst academic profile James TerKeurst Course Leader View profile
Adam Barton academic profile Adam Barton Senior Lecturer View profile
Arran Langmead academic profile Arran Langmead Lecturer View profile
Nick Hampton academic profile Nick Hampton Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

During your studies you’ll have access to our dedicated computer games lab with industry-standard hardware and the latest software, including Adobe, Autodesk and Epic’s world-class Unreal Engine toolset. We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The Solent campus boasts a range of high-end facilities including dedicated computer labs, the latest industry software and extensive multimedia facilities. Students are encouraged to pitch for live project work through our in-house creative agency Solent Creatives.

Your future

The course is directed at art production for computer games. It also provides transferable skills in the creative industries such as model-making for film and television. The skills you learn can be applied to many other industries – for example, architectural visualisation – as well as jobs in simulation and data visualisation.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • 3D modeller
  • Prop artist
  • Environment artist
  • Technical artist 

Industry links

Members of the teaching staff have wide-ranging experience in the games industry and can help you to build your own contacts.

Solent is the founder member of the Southern Independent Games Network (SIGN) providing students with many crucial networking and knowledge sharing opportunities.

Placements

You will be able to draw on the course team’s strong ties with industry to help secure studio placements. You may also have the chance to exhibit your work at events such as London Comicon.

Past students have worked on live client projects or undertaken work placements for companies including DX Studio, Curve Studios, Lionhead Studios and Double Six.

Further study

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