Coventry College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson EDI

Games Art Design

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Course summary

The Higher National Diploma in Games, Art and Design has been structured to meet the needs of a constantly evolving industry. This two year course aims to ensure that you leave with a skillset required for a career in games production. The course is primarily art focused with a heavy emphasis on the development of traditional art skills i.e. mark making, sculpting etc. These traditional skills will form the foundation for digital work. You will develop expertise in the use of software such as Z Brush and 3D Studio Max for high and low poly modelling and Photoshop for digital painting and texturing. You will also develop skills in 2D &3D character and environment production as well as advanced rigging and skinning for character animation. You will be encouraged to demonstrate your work in a games context using real time engines such as Unity and UDK. Further areas of study will also involve games story development, games genres and contextual and cultural influences within Art and Design.Projects will conform to common practice in the industry within an environment fashioned to closely simulate a studio environment. Year 1

  • Individual Project
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Art Development
  • Games in Context
  • 3D Modelling
  • Games Development Practice
  • Game Design
Year 2
  • Art Direction & Production
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Advanced 3D Animation
  • Environment & Level Design
  • Advanced Game Development Practice
  • Plus other specialist/optional units to be agreed.
1. Teaching and Learning Sessions- knowledge will be developed through lectures, group discussion, research and idea generation activities. You will be encouraged to develop academic and practical skills through individual and group reflection upon learning. 2. Practical Workshops -Within these sessions you will be expected to work autonomously on your current practical assignment work. Sessions will be timetabled in the IT and Design Studios. 3. Seminars -Within these sessions lecture based material will be presented and expanded by subject specialist teachers. 4. Independent Study- Throughout the programme you will be required to actively engage in independent study. Guidance will be provided by each subject specialist. You can expect to be developing art and design skills, pursuing research, producing written reports and evaluations in response to the activities within the teaching and learning sessions. A key aspect of your independent study will be the maintenance of a sketchbook through which you will develop your observational drawing skills. In addition to your timetabled lessons you will be expected to commit to independent study per module. 5. Personal Tutors and Personal Development Planning -You will be encouraged to meet regularly with your designated personal tutor. Your welfare, standards of work, progress and any barriers to learning will be regularly discussed within these meetings. 6. Employability/Career/Progression Preparation -During the programme a number of employability and personal progression events and activities will be available. For details of assessment methods, feedback and future progression go to There are opportunities to join other creative industries such as Film, TV, Graphic Design or Automotive industries. Alternatively learners could progress onto the 3rd year of the BA (Hons) in Game Art or Games Design to further their studies.

Course details

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeI630
Institution code C64
Campus nameCity Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level C 3 x A Levels with a grade C or above in an Art/Graphics based subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Two Merit grades of above in an Art/Graphics based subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Desired grade C or above in GCSE English/maths.

Additional entry requirements


Successful candidates must produce an artwork portfolio for review at interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5225 Year 1
England £5225 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5225 Year 1
Scotland £5225 Year 1
Wales £5225 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Games Art Design at Coventry College - UCAS