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BA (Hons)Computer Games (Art)

3 years
2023
UCAS code:
G450
Institution code: S30
UCAS points:
112-128
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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Grow your artistic skills for the thriving games industry - using Unreal, Unity and 3D Studio max. Solent graduates have worked on AAA titles for Rockstar Games, Epic Games, Codemasters and more.

  • In the top 50 schools in the world by The Rookies (2021).
  • 100% of students feel they've been able to contact staff when needed.
  • 76% of our graduates from computer games and animation studies are in highly skilled employment or further study (Graduate outcomes, 2022).
  • Many of our graduates have gone on to work at AAA studios in the UK and across the world. These include Rockstar Games, Epic Games, Frontier Developments, Codemasters, Airship Interactive, and Sumo Digital.
  • For the past five years, our students regularly won awards or were finalists at the Sumo Digital Grads in Games in both Character and Environment categories.
  • Benefit from access to dedicated gaming labs providing all the specialised software you will need, including Unreal, Unity, Visual Studio, 3D studio max, ZBrush and Substance to name just a few.
  • Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus. You will have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which contains the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.
  • Develop projects with students on other gaming courses at Solent.
  • Gain industry insight from guest lecturers who are industry professionals and experts.
  • Take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities with our video games academy, game jams, end of year graduate show and freelancing through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives.

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.

This video 'Are you Ready?' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

  • 76%

    of graduates are in highly skilled employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2022)

  • 100%

    of students feel they've been able to contact staff when needed (NSS 2022)

Why choose this course?

Student work

Image shows winning Search for a star design by student Tristan McGuire

Solent student wins prestigious gaming award

Course features

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

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.

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.

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. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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