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 simply focusing on 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. 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, Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro, ZBrush, Substance Painter-Designer and Adobe CC suite; ensuring students have access to the tools they 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: (Sep - Jan) Semester 1 - A choice of modules which enable students to choose a pathway into game design or concept art. Using industry standard tools like ZBrush and Maya for modelling and UV. Substance Designer and Painter for texturing and Unreal Engine for game development and creation. Year 1 students learn a range of technical, creative and practical skills that encourage personal development and application. All projects are highly practical and students develop team based skills throughout the year. (Jan - June) Semester 2 – Students develop skills and knowledge of Anatomy and apply this to sculpting a human character head using ZBrush. Texturing skills are further developed using Substance Painter and Photoshop. 3D Animation is also explored in its own module. 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. In addition, 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. There is a choice of a subject specialism module at the beginning of the year to develop dissertation practice. This is followed by advanced modules in both game and character based concepts and also character rigging for animation. Students will also develop skills in Mocap (motion capture) for animation. Year 3: • The Research and Development of Advanced HCI (Human Computer Interfaces) • The Dissertation Module • Advanced 3D Modelling • Game and Character Animation with gameplay functionality • The 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.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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England £8278 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8278 Year 1
Scotland £8278 Year 1
Wales £8278 Year 1

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City of Liverpool College University Centre
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