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About the course

Looking to launch a career at the point where art meets gaming? This professionally accredited degree focuses on digital art production, giving you a broad understanding of the technology that holds 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 course 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 video 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.

Study abroad Professional accreditation Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities 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 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 & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry G450
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Essential Media, Conference ticket in year three: £150

Bursaries and scholarships

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


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Key entry requirements

260 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualifications.
  • UK applicants are required to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • 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.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: portfolio interview information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficients 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-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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.


94%

of students feel staff are good at explaining things

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

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 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year One

  • Prop Studies
  • Computer-Generated Imagery 1
  • Computer-Generated Imagery 2
  • Model Building
  • Texture Creation
  • Art and Environment Theory
  • Games Systems

Year Two

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

Options

  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 1
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 2
  • Model Your Business (MYB1)
  • Model Your Business (MYB2)
  • Curriculum Plus

Year Three

  • Critical Discourse 2
  • Games Major Project

Options

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

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

Key figures

100%

Assessment by coursework

Meet the course team

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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. The University provides excelled learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

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 video 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 modeler
  • Prop artist
  • Environment artist
  • Technical artist 

80%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course.

83%

of those students are in a professional or managerial role.

Industry connections

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

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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