City of Liverpool College University Centre

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Games Design and Concept Art

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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) in Game Design and Concept Art offers a discreet dual pathway of specialist modules that aim to develop skills for students wishing to specialise in games design and concept art. The intention and ethos is to mirror industry set-ups and to foster teamwork between these two major disciplines in the field, whilst also developing high levels of creative and technical skills. The programme covers game design and development, both environmental and character-based concept art and design, digital illustration, animation, 3D sculpting, life drawing, live briefs, texturing, and games production. It provides a broad study of games design, concept art and illustration, with an emphasis on innovation, design and creativity rather than the programming and technical aspects. Students will gain first-hand experience of what it takes to plan, design and build interactive game environments and character concepts and will graduate with a portfolio demonstrating your technical skill and creative talent. Our facilities include dedicated studios, including a standalone suite of state-of-the-art Wacom Cintiq 27QHD - 27 Inch Creative Pen Displays, powered by High End Alienware i7 PC workstations accompanied by a large drawing space for group work and sketchbook study. You will also have access to life drawing sessions and a life model at certain points in the course. Alongside this we have various study clusters offering Dual Screen i7 Alienware PCs installed with current games development environments, state-of-the-art 3D graphics cards, Unreal Engine 4, Autodesk Maya 2018, Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro, ZBrush 4R8, Substance Painter-Designer and Adobe CC 2018 suite; ensuring you have access to the tools you need to create a high quality portfolio of work ready to impress potential employers.

Course details


Each year is split into two 15-week semesters: Year 1: (Sept - Jan) A choice of modules which enable students to choose a pathway into game design or concept art. These modules cover either concept art theory in full character sculpting (Head) using ZBrush 4R7, or 3D Modelling using Maya 2018 for those more interested in game design. (Jan - June) Game and character design fundamentals using ZBrush/Maya/UE4, Model texturing using Substance Designer/Painter and finally game and character animation techniques. Year 2: Development of research, creative and artistic prowess, teamwork abilities and analytical skills. Introduction to Human Computer Interface (HCI) design, animation and coding utilising Photoshop, UE4 and other required software. Students are taught the basics of Blueprinting (Unreal Engine’s scripting language) to create interactivity. Next, modules in more advanced character sculpting (full body) and advanced texturing for games and characters take students’ creations into the next level of realism and higher definition. The choice of a subject specialism module followed by advanced modules in both game and character -based concepts and character rigging. Students will also develop skills in Mocap (motion capture) for animation. Year 3: • The development of Advanced HCI • Dissertation module • Advanced 3D Modelling and also Game and Character • Animation with gameplay functionality • The final module is student driven and takes the form of a Final Major Project.

Assessment method

The programme is assessed through the submission of written essays, reports, critical evaluations; development blogs, which underpin a series of project-based practical assessments; a final major project; and the submission of a dissertation. Formative feedback will support student progression in both written work and technical outcomes. Self and peer assessment in critique situations will be an essential element of all projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and progression. The programme allows 120 credits comprising of 6 modules per year for the first two years and 5 modules in the final year.

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 codeWW22
Institution code L43
Campus nameArts Centre
Campus code1

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8148 Year 1
England £8148 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8148 Year 1
Scotland £8148 Year 1
Wales £8148 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Games Design and Concept Art at City of Liverpool College University Centre - UCAS