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Explore your creativity and expand your professional skills by entering the creative industries on an Integrated Foundation Year degree. Taught over four years, these courses include an introductory year to build a solid foundation before you go on to specialise in your chosen subject at degree level. If you're interested in taking on a new subject, or have been out of education for a while, then our Integrated Foundation Year courses might just be for you. These four-year courses include an introductory year to help you build the core skills needed for degree-level study. This is a chance for you to let your imagination run wild and explore your creativity, expand your professional skills and develop enhanced subject knowledge. We'll help you nurture your expertise in problem solving, risk-taking, designing and making as you develop your abilities. On this Game Art degree, study fundamental game art principles alongside traditional art practice, building your expertise to contribute to a major game development project in your second and third year. You'll be studying at the No. 1 university for game design in England according to the Princeton Review, 2023, and graduate as a confident, industry-ready game artist. You'll be equipped to join one of the fastest growing sectors of the games industry where skills are in high demand. You will: Develop technical, design thinking and production skills in your chosen specialism Learn teamwork, leadership and project management skills through a variety of learning environments Develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through the development of unique and innovative projects Complete your chosen degree over a four-year period Develop expertise in character, concept and environment art, gaining industry skills in 3D modelling, UV mapping, baking, composition and shading Work in one of the largest and best-equipped dedicated game-making spaces of any university in the UK Study in a studio environment with access to industry standard hardware and software Master a range of industry-standard tools used to produce game art including ZBrush, Maya, Substance Painter and Marmoset Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams, keeping the Intellectual Property (IP) of games you produce Network with industry through our guest speaker programme and end of year Games Expo


You'll study the principles of game art in the context of traditional art practice, combining subjects like life drawing and composition with digital 2D and 3D modelling. We'll also build your expertise in concept, character and environment art, agile project management, and game development pipelines and processes. Focused on industry practices, much of your learning will come from working in game development teams – devising and developing real games using real-world practices. Foundation Year: You'll study five core modules. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your chosen specialism. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs. After your foundation year, you'll have a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, a developed practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen degree subject when you join other students for the rest of your course. Modules: Explore Technique Apply Industry Launch Year one During the first year of your Game Art degree, you'll build the basic skills demanded by the industry, and learn about game artists' major roles and techniques. Working with industry-standard software, methods and processes, you'll develop your drawing skills, better understand anatomy, and apply these abilities to 3D modelling and related elements. You'll learn traditional and digital art skills – both 2D and 3D – alongside concept, environment and character art to build digital worlds and characters. Modules: Concept Art 1 Character Art 1 Environment Art 1 Concept Art 2 Character Art 2 Environment Art 2 Year two You'll grow your confidence in game art and your skills in using professional digital tools. You'll provide art assets to a collaborative project with game students of different disciplines, giving you valuable experience in an industry-style development pipeline. An additional specialist practice project lets you hone your skills in a particular area of game art and create high quality work for your portfolio. Modules World Building: Pre-production Developing Concept Art Vocabularies Developing Character Art Vocabularies Developing Environment Art Vocabularies Art Research Practice World Building: Production Portfolio Development Year three With specialism, independence and professional practice at the front and centre of this year, you'll join a multi-skilled team on a game development project. Working in a studio, you'll contribute art assets using industry-standard methods and pipelines. You'll also create distinctive and polished work for your growing portfolio by working on specialist game art. We'll then help you commercialise this work and prepare you for the transition to professional life. Modules Future Skills Professional Portfolio Technical Art Practice Future of Games Major Collaboration The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

Foundation Year: Assessments are 100% coursework based Assessment will take place at the end of each module, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio and a reflective journal. In your foundation year all assessments are pass/fail to encourage students to take risks and engage with the feedback provided. Progressing in your specialism Students studying on courses with an Integrated Foundation Year must successfully complete and pass all foundation modules before they can progress to the next stage of their course. Your specialism: Continuous assessment with no formal examinations. Visual, verbal and written assignments. A portfolio of personal and group project work is developed over the course of the degree to boost your employability.

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International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at

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Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA

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IELTS (Academic)6An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Trinity ISEA minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required
PTE Academic55A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

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