Games Art BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 06/12/2018

Our Games Art programme focuses on the visual side of the Games industry. You will be introduced to the key points in the creative process, from storyboarding through to character and environment design. The university also has a Computer Games Development programme meaning Games Art students can work with programmers to produce commercial quality games.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Course

Highlights

  • Up to date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories, including Wacom Cintiqs and Wacom Intuos.
  • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs.
  • Opportunities to take part in live projects and competitions.
  • Guaranteed paid internship.*

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Live Events and Competitions

Throughout your course, we will support you to engage in live projects and competitions. Game Art students Holly Hilson and David Bush are joining forces with Games Development Students, Gabriel Rosu, Henrique Galati and Rob Paton to battle it out in a Games Jam – a 48-hour competition to build a video game from scratch. The challenge forms part of the prestigious Brains Eden gaming festival.

Course Details

You will focus on the visual side of the Game Art industry, but you will be exposed to the whole life cycle of game production from the initial ideas process to final release stage. You will work with programmers from the BSc Computer Games Development course so that you understand games development for specific markets in 2D and 3D formats.

We will give you creative skills, technical software skills and industry knowledge, which are all required by leading games developers. You will produce a personal portfolio of your work to reflect industry and professional practice needs, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts.

Read more

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Student Story

Andrea Maestri

Andrea is currently studying our BA Games Art course and he aspires to be a Games Environment Artist.

Here is what Andrea says about why he chose the course at University of Northampton:

“One of the reasons that I chose the University was that the Group Project module is linked with our sister course, BSc Computer Games Development, which makes this course one of a kind in the country. Also, I loved the structure of the course as the groups are small so the tutor can keep up with your learning advancements easily. The location was really important as well, as Northampton is a nice town where I can get to London by train in less than an hour, which is really important for conferences and trips.”

Careers

Career Opportunities

This course will give you all the skills and experience you need to find work in the broad field of games design.

Examples of jobs role suitable for the graduates include: 3D modeller, concept artist, character artist, environment artist, prop artist and technical artist.

You may also be able to secure work in areas such as animation, architectural visualisation, visual effects, and model-making for film and TV.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Previous experience of traditional art and design, computing or graphics is desirable. All selected applicants will be invited for a portfolio review and discussion.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Course Content

In your first year, you will learn the fundamental skills necessary for creating games from design ideas. These will include 3D modelling, 2D digital image creation and traditional drawing with a focus on the fundamentals of visual language, i.e. anatomy, perspective, composition, colour theory etc. You will also work together in a team project to create a casual 2D game of commercial quality.

  • Visual Studies 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: 3DD1007
    Core Module Y
  • 2D Digital Practice (40 Credits)
    Module code: 3DD1055
    Core Module Y
  • 3D Modelling (40 Credits)
    Module code: 3DD1056
    Core Module Y
  • Group Project 1 (Games) (20 Credits)
    Module code: CSY1025
    Core Module Y

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • Up to date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories, including Wacom Cintiqs and Wacom Intuos
  • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs
  • guest lectures, providing the opportunity to meet with industry specialists. Recent visitors have included: Ardvark Swift, Codemasters, Ubisoft, Lockwood Publishing, Sony and FreeStyle Games
  • opportunities to visit industry events such as EGX Rezzed
  • yearly group projects, which allow for a real life games development experience
  • opportunity to work closely in a collaborative group project with student programmers from the BSc (Hons)  Computer Games Development course
  • Life drawing and visual studies taught throughout – giving a solid art school foundation
  • Course and module support via the course web site and University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • A supportive approach to tuition with small class sizes and approachable tutors with practical industry experience.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Fine Art MA

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

Additional Costs
Materials for workshops and for master classes, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

You will be expected to have a basic drawing kit for the start of the course, including a sketchbook, pencils, pens etc. A complete kit list will be supplied before the start of the course, which will cost approximately £20 in total. In addition we expect that you have a large portable storage device to save your work to. This could either be a USB memory stick or portable hard drive. A 64GB USB memory stick will cost from around £15.  All submissions of work are required to be done via DVD. We have 6 DVD submissions a year so we advise you to buy a spindle of 10 DVDs before the first submission in December, which will cost around £4.

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Additional Costs
Materials for workshops and for master classes, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

You will be expected to have a basic drawing kit for the start of the course, including a sketchbook, pencils, pens etc. A complete kit list will be supplied before the start of the course, which will cost approximately £20 in total. In addition we expect that you have a large portable storage device to save your work to. This could either be a USB memory stick or portable hard drive. A 64GB USB memory stick will cost from around £15.  All submissions of work are required to be done via DVD. We have 6 DVD submissions a year so we advise you to buy a spindle of 10 DVDs before the first submission in December, which will cost around £4.

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,000

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…


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Updated 06/12/2018

  • Our Games Art programme focuses on the visual side of the Games industry. You will be introduced to the key points in the creative process, from storyboarding through to character and environment design. The university also has a Computer Games Development programme meaning Games Art students can work with programmers to produce commercial quality games.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Up to date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories, including Wacom Cintiqs and Wacom Intuos.
    • Dedicated Games Labs and Out of Hours Access Labs.
    • Opportunities to take part in live projects and competitions.
    • Guaranteed paid internship.*

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • You will focus on the visual side of the Game Art industry, but you will be exposed to the whole life cycle of game production from the initial ideas process to final release stage. You will work with programmers from the BSc Computer Games Development course so that you understand games development for specific markets in 2D and 3D formats.

    We will give you creative skills, technical software skills and industry knowledge, which are all required by leading games developers. You will produce a personal portfolio of your work to reflect industry and professional practice needs, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Live Events and Competitions

    Throughout your course, we will support you to engage in live projects and competitions. Game Art students Holly Hilson and David Bush are joining forces with Games Development Students, Gabriel Rosu, Henrique Galati and Rob Paton to battle it out in a Games Jam – a 48-hour competition to build a video game from scratch. The challenge forms part of the prestigious Brains Eden gaming festival.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Andrea Maestri

      Andrea is currently studying our BA Games Art course and he aspires to be a Games Environment Artist.

      Here is what Andrea says about why he chose the course at University of Northampton:

      “One of the reasons that I chose the University was that the Group Project module is linked with our sister course, BSc Computer Games Development, which makes this course one of a kind in the country. Also, I loved the structure of the course as the groups are small so the tutor can keep up with your learning advancements easily. The location was really important as well, as Northampton is a nice town where I can get to London by train in less than an hour, which is really important for conferences and trips.”

    • Career Opportunities

      This course will give you all the skills and experience you need to find work in the broad field of games design.

      Examples of jobs role suitable for the graduates include: 3D modeller, concept artist, character artist, environment artist, prop artist and technical artist.

      You may also be able to secure work in areas such as animation, architectural visualisation, visual effects, and model-making for film and TV.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Previous experience of traditional art and design, computing or graphics is desirable. All selected applicants will be invited for a portfolio review and discussion.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • In your first year, you will learn the fundamental skills necessary for creating games from design ideas. These will include 3D modelling, 2D digital image creation and traditional drawing with a focus on the fundamentals of visual language, i.e. anatomy, perspective, composition, colour theory etc. You will also work together in a team project to create a casual 2D game of commercial quality.

    • Visual Studies 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: 3DD1007
      Core Module Y
    • 2D Digital Practice (40 Credits)
      Module code: 3DD1055
      Core Module Y
    • 3D Modelling (40 Credits)
      Module code: 3DD1056
      Core Module Y
    • Group Project 1 (Games) (20 Credits)
      Module code: CSY1025
      Core Module Y

    Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Fine Art MA

      Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs
    Materials for workshops and for master classes, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

    You will be expected to have a basic drawing kit for the start of the course, including a sketchbook, pencils, pens etc. A complete kit list will be supplied before the start of the course, which will cost approximately £20 in total. In addition we expect that you have a large portable storage device to save your work to. This could either be a USB memory stick or portable hard drive. A 64GB USB memory stick will cost from around £15.  All submissions of work are required to be done via DVD. We have 6 DVD submissions a year so we advise you to buy a spindle of 10 DVDs before the first submission in December, which will cost around £4.

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional Costs
    Materials for workshops and for master classes, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

    You will be expected to have a basic drawing kit for the start of the course, including a sketchbook, pencils, pens etc. A complete kit list will be supplied before the start of the course, which will cost approximately £20 in total. In addition we expect that you have a large portable storage device to save your work to. This could either be a USB memory stick or portable hard drive. A 64GB USB memory stick will cost from around £15.  All submissions of work are required to be done via DVD. We have 6 DVD submissions a year so we advise you to buy a spindle of 10 DVDs before the first submission in December, which will cost around £4.

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,000

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

*Course data provided by Unistats

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Now Open

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