Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Arts

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Course summary

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Computer art is everywhere in today's culture, from film and advertising to computer games and gallery installations. Abertay's BA (Hons) in Computer Arts will prepare you for an exciting career in a rapidly expanding industry. Accredited by Creative Skillset, this programme will ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the creative industries. Design and undertake practical projects in concept development, 2D design, 3D art production, animation and game art development. Build team-working and interpersonal skills during collaborative projects with students from across Abertay's School of Design and Informatics. Work on project briefs set by media and computer games companies.

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Art Practice & Visual Literacies; Elementary Animation; 3D Digital Design; 3D Production Methods; Narrative & Animation; Interactive Media Production; Professional Project Planning & Prototyping; Computer Arts Practice; Professional Project Development & Delivery and Honours Project. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Digital Media Practice; Interactive & Augmented Places; Digital Media Contexts; Arts & Technology; Technical Art Applications; Spatial Constructs; Critical & Contextual Studies; Advanced Animation & Dynamics.

Assessment method

Much of your time will be spent in lectures and practical tutorials where you work with staff, peers and industry mentors, to develop solutions to project briefs. Tutorial sessions focus on developing ideas, process and technique to lead to a final outcome. Portfolios of creative work form the majority of assessment, often submitted with supporting documentation to underpin creative practice. Academic writing contributes to many assessments, often in the form of critical analysis or reflective reports. Verbal presentations are core to assessment, exposing your research and development process to the programme team and industry mentors. Assessment on the programme is in the form of portfolios of creative work, academic writing of critical and reflective form, and through verbal presentation of own and others work in critical and/or reflective modes. There are no formal examinations on the programme.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


You will be required to submit an e-portfolio of your work

English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

International tuition fees for the following courses are £15,500:- Computer Games Technology Computer Game Applications Development Computer Arts Ethical Hacking Game Design & Production
Computer Arts at Abertay University - UCAS